ISBF001 – Stop Wanting to be a Filmmaker

“Stop wanting to be a filmmaker and start calling yourself one, then go out and make your film.” -Robert Rodriquez.

Welcome to episode 1 of I Should Be Filming. My name is Kenn Crawford, I am an author and independent filmmaker from Nova Scotia, Canada. I created this podcast to help you get your filmmaking ideas out of your head and up on the screen where they belong.

In this short introductory episode I talk about what may be keeping you from chasing your filmmaking dreams, with some great advice I learned from filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez and Mark Duplass, as well as discussing the cameras that filmmaker Sean Baker and Directory of Photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC used to shoot Tangerine and Act of Valor.

I studied filmmaking for years but didn’t do anything with it because I was really good at making excuses – I didn’t have a good enough camera, I didn’t have enough money, I didn’t know any actors – excuses, excuses, excuses! When I finally decided to stop making excuses and start making movies, a whole new world opened up to me. In my first year as a filmmaker I shot half a dozen short films, some commercials for local businesses, music videos, and I was hired by the Cape Breton University to shoot footage for the Ethnomusicology workshops they were holding in schools around the island, including an 8-hour live-feed of a performance workshop at the Boardmore Playhouse.

More importantly, I met a lot of talented people interested in filmmaking – everyone from actors, writers and directors to people interested in working behind the scenes as crew members or appearing on camera as an extra. People I would never had met if I continued to let shyness and fear make excuses as to why I wasn’t making movies.

If you want to be a filmmaker – start making films!

cover art - the final goodbyeMy very first short film, The Final Goodbye, was shot over the course of a few weeks using whatever camera I could borrow on the days we were shooting, such as the Nikon D5200, a Nikon D7000 and a Canon T2i.

The built-in camera apps on iPhones and Androids were not designed for filmmaking. Here’s a few apps to put the controls you need back in your hands without breaking the bank:

FiLMiC Pro

FiLMiC Pro v6 is the most advanced video camera for mobile. Ever. FiLMiC Pro has been enhanced with cutting-edge capabilities and the most responsive manual camera interface available on an iPhone, iPod or iPad. Now available on Android – FiLMiC Pro is the gold standard of mobile video and was recently used to film the Sundance hit “TANGERINE”. 

For your iPhone, iPod or iPad (14.99price has increased to $20.99)

$12.99 for Androids

Other Good Filmmaking Apps I have used:

MoviePro ($8.49 for iPhones)

Developer’s Description: The most powerful video recording & film making app with innumerable options as seen on TIME, AppAdvice, TUAW, Mashable, Bloomberg Radio, Indiewire, Slashgear, Dailynews, Boingboing, iMore, 148apps, iClarified. Used by over 1 million people world wide ! Fully compatible and optimized for iPhone 7/7s plus and now comes with a companion MoviePro Remote app to perform all functions from another iOS device.

Cinema FV-5 ($2.99 for Androids)

Developer’s Description: A professional video camera application for mobile devices, that puts professional manual controls in your fingertips. Tailored to enthusiast and professional videographers and filmmakers, with this video camera application you can capture the best footage with top-of-the-line controls for perfect post-production purposes.

On the next episode of “I Should Be Filming”:

An interview with Actor and Producer, Professor Michael G. MacDonald, known for The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger (2011), Bigsby (2017) and Turned (2016).

UPDATE: Click here to listen to the episode with Michael MacDonald

Music for the show is provided courtesy of Doug Millaway