This style of filmmaking is very different. Here you film every shot in sequence (as it appears in the script) one after another. Instead of downloading the footage onto a computer and editing, each shot is filmed in sequence and at the end of filming you have your completed production.
This is a great idea for a beginner’s exercise. It allows students the opportunity to get used to the equipment and the process of filmmaking, as well as to help them understand the importance of being organised before filming – if they haven’t thought through their shot list properly, they will soon realise this when they understand they can’t go back and film it.
It’s also a great way to film if you don’t have access to post-production facilities or if you think editing and post-production is a little beyond your students’ capabilities at this time.
The final product might be a little rough because you don’t have the advantage of fine tuning the edit and you can’t add music or titles in camera, but a clever story and engaging performances will make up for that.
When making a film in-camera, make sure you follow these guidelines:
- Make sure you have a well-organised shot list that covers everything in the script.
- At the beginning of the memory card, record fifteen seconds of black before you start filming shots.
- Just as every scene must be filmed in order, the titles must be filmed in order. Students can be creative about this.
- Film each scene, shot-by-shot just as the storyboard shows.
- Use the pause button between shots and not the stop and start buttons.
Remember – every time you hit record, the camera needs a moment to ‘take up’ and you might lose the last couple of seconds of the previous shot. Always use the pause button.
- Try to end each shot neatly and without too many seconds to spare between each shot.
- Film closing credits.