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Create a “two shot” in which two subjects share an experience.

Putting two people into a frame is a way to generate drama or comedy no matter what kind of film you’re making.

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Take short shots.

If you want to create professional looking videos, limit the length of most of your shots. The sweet spot will usually be between 3 and 7 seconds. The payoff will be shots that are stronger and better looking. You’ll also have a much easier time editing.

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Shoot wide, not tall.

While there are exceptions, mobile movies will almost always look better if they’re shot in the wide orientation: horizontally rather than vertically.

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Give your video a real movie ending.

End your project with a real movie ending, something that audiences will remember.

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Start with a close-up.

To show your audience immediate that you’ve made a real movie start with a close-up. The image may surprise or puzzle viewers, but for sure it’ll grab their attention and make them want to watch more.

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Mobile Moviemaking Made Easy

This free online  course will teach you how to shoot movies that will delight audiences. We will cover every kind of project including travelogues, family documentaries, commercials, music videos, and vblogs. All it takes is 1) a smartphone (or other mobile), 2)  the desire to make a short movie, and 3) mastery of about 100 simple techniques. How simple? Here’s an…

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