02 Apr FAQ – HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED FOR HANDMADE FILM MAKING?
“I’m thinking about signing up for your Handmade Film Making course. But I’m a bit worried that I won’t make the most of it, by not having enough time to make a film each day. I know obviously you want people to put as much as they can into it… How much time do you think is needed per day to complete a daily video?”
How sweet to hear that you’re interested in my course. Thank you. The concept of the Handmade Film Making course is that you make a “Day In The Life” video, every day for a week. Through the week, you’ll be practicing shooting and editing video and will get better and quicker each day. This daily practice will teach you so much and it helps push us through perfectionism, as it’s about completing the film, having it done, moving on to the next day, rather than each film being perfect!
As for how much time you’ll need. This will be down to the individual…
The course is over 10 days. The first two days are set aside to go through all the course materials and get yourself familiar with shooting techniques and the different ways to capture your days. Then on the Saturday our week of creating starts.
Ideally you just shoot what you’re doing anyway each day – Morning routine, going to work, dinner time, walking the dog… whatever your day looks like, just shoot a few clips here and there. Naturally, this can add a little time to each activity because you’re shooting it and maybe setting up shots. But you do get quicker each day and maybe more selective about what you’re shooting because over the week, you begin to see what shots/scenes work.
You will need to put time aside each day to edit your film and if you’ve never edited before, then you’ll need time to go through the tutorials and see how the editing features work in your chosen app. Some people pick up editing quickly and find the process intuitive and others take more time to get to grips with some parts of editing, it’s an individual process. But you will get quicker at editing the more you do it, so by the end of the week, you should be whizzing through it!
A rough estimate because I know some people like a specific number… I would suggest you need at least an hour to put together a one minute edit, but as I said you may be quicker or slower than that. The bonus of editing on your phone is you can edit on the train home, or while waiting in line or even half watching tv.
Everyone learns and participates in the course differently, some people on previous courses create the seven daily films easily and some work through the course at their own pace and just make films when they can, like every other day. This is totally fine to do, although I do suggest trying to stick to the daily challenge, as it’s a great way to learn to get quicker and better at the whole process.
If you’d like more guidance to start making your own films – check out my online courses where I share everything you need to get started with video. There’s plenty of inspiration and tips & tricks to take you through the whole process and find the love of shooting & editing video into films!