We made 20 short films in 20 days and you can, too!

Go behind-the-scenes with this informative filmmaker commentary that dives deep into our DIY filmmaking process. The goal being to not only share how we did it (and we learned a lot!), but to teach and inspire you to do the same. And by the way, this applies to all kinds of indie filmmaking - not just making movies with smartphones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our YouTube channel and this website we focus a lot on the tools and tech that get used for making films - and we love that stuff. But, technology changes all the time, and so we also like to share the craft and many techniques that we've learned over the past 15 plus years making films professionally.

The 20 short films we made in 20 days was an exercise in being creative with limited resources. It was also about challenging yourself and staying focused in the moment. And in the end it was a lot of fun, too. :) 

Hope you enjoy taking a look behind the filmmaking curtain and it helps you make your own movies today!

 

NOTE: This series is now available on the Teachable platform, too. So if you'd prefer that way or watching and learning it is available there. Also, if you'd like to SAVE 20% on this series or "The Complete Guide To FiLMiC Pro" course simply subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of this page and we'll send you a promo code. Thank you!

  • Our daily process of how we made the 20 short films in 20 days using a smartphone and how you can apply this to your own video or film projects

  • A general overview of FiLMiC Pro's interface, controls and features

  • A breakdown and overview of the gear and DIY filmmaking methods used for all 20 short films through a filmmaker commentary track

  • 10 practical tips for starting an indie project like this including some general best practices for shooting and editing

  • This is not an overly technical series. It's more about the thought process and inspiration that you need to do zero budget, DIY short films and movies

What Will I Learn?

8 Videos • Over 2 Hours of Content

INTRO

Overview of how we made the short films and our DIY filmmaking process.

(5 mins)

GEAR

A quick look at what we used and some gear resources (note: this is not a "How To").

(3 mins)

10 TIPS

Advice to help you get started and some best practices for your shoot.

(6 mins)

COMMENTARY

A two part commentary track for all 20 short films with filmmaker Blake Callhoun.

(1hr 28 mins)

Also included are excerpts from our "How To Make 20 Films In 20 Days" YouTube videos:

  1. Filmic Pro App Overview (4:19): Our preferred settings and how we used it in this project

  2. Editing Overview (10:56): The editing setup we used and a general look at the process & workflow

7 Videos • 2 Hours of Content • COMING SOON (Vimeo On-Demand)

Watch on iOS or Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast.

Suggested Requirements

  • This series is for anyone interested in our do-it-yourself style of indie filmmaking using a smartphone (or whatever camera you have). So whether you're a beginner just getting started or are experienced and looking to try something different or new.

  • A general knowledge of filmmaking terms and concepts is ideal, but not mandatory. We mention various gear, software and techniques that might sound unfamiliar otherwise. But, if you're a novice don't worry as you can learn along the way.

  • If you want to use our DIY approach to make short films then you'll need a smartphone camera (or any camera), but if you're a beginner with no gear - just simply watch and then get the gear you want later.

  • Also need a tripod or stabilizer for steady and/or locked-off shots (this is preferred, but optional) and a third-party video camera app like FiLMiC Pro (although again, it's optional as you can use any native video camera app).

  • A video editing app to edit your short films. This can be on your desktop or laptop (i.e. with FCPX or Adobe Premiere) or mobile device (phone or tablet with apps like LumaFusion or KineMaster).

INTRO

Overview of how we made the short films and our DIY filmmaking process.

(5 mins)

FILMIC PRO

"Getting To Know" beginner's guide looking at the app interface, controls and features.

(21 mins)

10 TIPS

Advice to help you get started and some best practices for your shoot.

(6 mins)

COMMENTARY

A two part commentary track for all 20 short films with filmmaker Blake Callhoun.

(1hr 28 mins)

Also included:

  1. Gear (3 mins): A quick look at what we used and some gear resources (note: this is not a tutorial).

  2. Filmic Pro App Settings (4 mins): Our preferred settings and how we used it in this project.

  3. Editing Overview (11 mins): Our editing setup and a general look at the process & workflow.

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Buy through the Vimeo player or link above and watch on any computer, iOS or Android mobile device, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast.

Suggested Requirements

  • This series is for anyone interested in our do-it-yourself style of indie filmmaking using a smartphone (or whatever camera you have). So whether you're a beginner just getting started or are experienced and looking to try something different or new.

  • A general knowledge of filmmaking terms and concepts is ideal, but not mandatory. We mention various gear, software and techniques that might sound unfamiliar otherwise. But, if you're a novice don't worry as you can learn along the way.

  • If you want to use our DIY approach to make short films then you'll need a smartphone camera (or any camera), but if you're a beginner with no gear - just simply watch and then get the gear you want later.

  • A tripod for locked-off shots (this is preferred, but optional) and a third-party video camera app like FiLMiC Pro (again, it's optional as you can use any native video camera app).

  • A video editing app to edit your short films. This can be on your desktop or laptop (i.e. with FCPX or Adobe Premiere) or mobile device (phone or tablet with apps like LumaFusion or KineMaster).

Questions? Check out the FAQ.

Please note: This is not a lecture style online training series. While we discuss how we made the films and what we did on each - it is through a filmmaker commentary track as you watch the movies. The FiLMiC Pro and FCPX segments are tutorial-style training. This series is designed as a behind-the-scenes look at our DIY filmmaking approach. Thank you!

Watch some of our other work...

Below is our award-winning short film "Miranda" shot using an iPhone and FiLMiC Pro... And another DIY project called "Continuum" that was shot on a Canon 7D DSLR camera and has millions of views and numerous award nominations and wins from the Streamy Awards®, IAWTV and more.

If you're viewing this page on a mobile device and don't see purchase links please go here for "Miranda" or to purchase "Continuum" go here. These series are available via Vimeo On Demand. Thank you.

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