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Mobile MovieMaking Made Easy

How to Get a Great Movie Performance from a Child Actor

When directing a child actor, limiting dialogue can lead to getting a first-rate performance.

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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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