Movie Making Made Easy
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Movie Making Made Easy

What the pros know. And then some.
4.0 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
184 students enrolled
Created by Harris from Paris
Last updated 1/2017
Price: $30
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will be able to make better videos and movies.
  • You will be able to plan and create your own movie/video projects from start to finish.
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  • You will need any kind of working video camera: smartphone, camcorder, HDSLR, etc.
  • You will also need a video editing software program and a place to store captured footage.

Movie Making Made Easy teaches the fundamentals that go into making compelling videos from concept to completion.

The course is taught by video, illustrated with examples shot by the instructor. There is a five question quiz after each lesson.

It is followed by a 'Plan of Action' where the student goes out and makes a one minute movie based on what they learned in the course.

Students can use any kind of video camera and should have some form of video editing software and a way to store their footage.

The course runs about 90 minutes plus

Students will benefit by learning how to use sound, lighting, camera techniques and movie making organizing skills. These skills can be used to make: how-to demonstrations, self-promotions, home movies, video resumés, documentaries, kick-starter pitches, produce or service commercials or simply entertaining clips.

Instructor available in a number of ways: online question and answer periods, email response, phone, private consulting, online and in-person workshops.

Who is the target audience?
  • The audience is Do-It-Yourselfers who would like to make their own movies and videos.
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Preproduction - Preparing the project
9 Lectures 19:57

Overall introduction to the entire course

Preview 02:21

Introduction to preproduction.

Preview 00:49

A summary of key jobs that lay the foundation for making your movie.

Preview 02:16


1.What does the producer do?

2.Who does the researcher work with?

3.What’s an important part of the coordinator’s job?

4.What’s so important about the writer?

5.What other movie-related benefits are there to writing?


1.The producer hires the team and is responsible for their performance.

2.The researcher works with the producer and the writer.

3.Besides scheduling shooting locations, the coordinator provides backup plans in case the first one doesn’t work out.

4.The writer lays the foundation for the story.

5.The writer can also pitch sponsors, blog, apply for grants, send press releases...

Five Preproduction Skills
5 questions

Writing is the foundation for movie storytelling. Without it, your movie's just a screen saver.

Preview 02:18


1.Name four ways to improve your movie script writing.

2.What counts the most when writing a documentary?

3.What is the first step in preparing a shooting concept?

4.What comes after writing the concept?

5.What do you do if your text doesn’t go with the image?


1.Study ‘The Elements of Style,’ study car ads, hire an editor, practice.

2.The text and image work together.

3.Write a three-five word story concept.

4.Prepare a shot list and story outline.

5.Adjust the text or change the image so they match.

5 questions

We cover the importance of keeping records of your shoot.

Preview 01:59


1.Name three easily overlooked movie making expenses.

2.What is a really big issue in making a movie budget?

3.What are the advantages of a database?

4.How can a database help a shot list?

5.Can a database help predict income?


1.Interest on credit card purchases

2.Estimating income

3.You can search by any word or any field can sort by shot such as interior or exterior or location


Keeping Track
5 questions

This lecture teaches advices how to deal with approaching your movie subjects.

Preview 03:28


1.When’s the best time to meet a one person operation?

2.Why should you avoid a hard sell to be in your project?

3.When calling a company to find the right contact, what’s a normal effort involve?

4.Once you reach the right person, what should you do?

5.Name at three dos and don’ts to make a good first impression.


1.Probably never. They’re usually always under pressure.

2.People can figure out themselves if something is good for them or not.

3.Figure two hours and 5-10 calls.

4.Secure as much contact information as possible so you don’t lose your effort.

5.Do bring business cards. Do get to the point. Don’t try to impress them how much benefit they’ll get.

First Impressions
5 questions

Scouting deals with finding and fixing a wide range of production problems before they happen.

Successful Scouting


1.How should you scout a craftsman at work?

2.How do you clean up a shot?

3.When might you bring in extra light?

4.What kind of sound issues should you look for?

5.How is electricity part of the scouting?


1.Learn their entire work flow before shooting it.

2.Check that there are no distracting items in the foreground or background.

3.To highlight the subject and make it easier for the viewer to see.

4.Any distracting sounds and if so how can they be removed.

5.Figure out if you’ll need it and if so what items to bring.

Successful Scouting
5 questions

More tips and tricks on how to be really prepared for your movie project.

Words of Wisdom


1.What do you usually need to get free entry to an exhibition?

2.Why study your equipment manuals

3.Name the practice exercise mentioned in this chapter.

4.Why do you need backup?

5.What else should have backup besides equipment?


1.Letter of assignment, business card and link to published work

2.In case something goes wrong during a shoot.

3.Practice packing and unpacking your equipment and putting them in the same place every time.

4.In case one item breaks.

5.Have backup plans.

Words of Wisdom
5 questions

Closing thoughts on the importance of preproduction.

Preproduction Closing
Production - The fun and glamorous part
8 Lectures 23:51

Introduction to production


A review of the glamorous key production jobs. All of them involve action.

Five Production Skills


1.Name a directors responsibility other than being responsible for the creative work.

2.How does a good cameraman think?

3.What is the gaffers job?

4.On a small shoot, what does the assistant do?

5.When is the assistant most needed?


1.The director has to motivate the crew and the subjects.

2.What shots are needed and what shots might be needed.

3.He creates the lighting mood.

4.The assistant provides help everywhere and for everyone.

5.The smaller the crew, the more an assistant is needed.

Five Production Skills
5 questions

Tips and tricks to help you use your energy efficiently.

Pep Talk


1.What is ‘b-roll?’

2.Who follows the scrip more, the director or the cameraman?

3.Why have a base camp?

4.What can you learn from your dreams?

5.When in doubt which is more important adapting the image to the text or adapting the text to the image?


1.’B-roll’ is all the details which fill the story.

2.Both follow but are always watching out for inconsistencies between text and images.

3.So you don’t have to lug around all your equipment everywhere.

4.Your dreams are always perfectly shot movies. Study them. So subconsciously, you are already a great director and cameraman.

5.Adapting the text to the image.

Pep Talk
5 questions

We cover a number of aspects of using the right kind of lighting for the right kind of look.



1.What kind of look will you get shooting under high noon light?

2.Is there an advantage to shooting in hazy light?

3.Name one way to create a soft light on the subject?

4.What is one way to avoid high noon harsh lighting?

5.What is an easy way to imitate the lighting techniques of master painters.


1.Harsh, choppy shadows.

2.yes, it minimizes shadows making it easy to see details from every angle.

3.Using a diffuser, shooting in the shade, backlight or at dusk.

4.Don’t shoot at high noon.

5.Use window light.

5 questions

We cover a wide variety of easy to use camera techniques - all used by the pros.



1.Why are amateur action movies often boring?

2.What is white balance?

3.What should you know about starting and stopping a shot?

4.Why should amateurs avoid wide angle shots?

5.What is panning?


1.Amateurs often overlook the need to match action with reaction.

2.Adjusting the camera so that white appears white no matter what lighting conditions.

3.Allow lead time at the beginning and ending of a shot for the editor.

4.Amateurs generally shoot from too far away to begin with.

5.Panning is moving the camera to follow a moving subject.

5 questions

We cover the importance of sound and how to set sound priorities.



1.What is room tone?

2.What is the most important sound on a shoot?

3.Why test your microphone?

4.What do all actions have in common?

5.What happens if you miss some background sound?


1.It is the natural sound coming from a room even when it seems it is silent.

2.The speakers voice or any sound that cannot be recreated.

3.So you know where speaking into it sounds best.

4.They all create sound.

5.Background sound can always be recreated.

5 questions

More tips and tricks. Some of them even cover what not to do.

Words of Wisdom


1.Why rehearse?

2.Why get second opinions?

3.What is the advantage of taking a break?

4.What is a shooting opportunity?

5.What do you do if your camera batteries die?


1.To see what possible mistakes you have overlooked.

2.Because eventually you become stale and cannot see errors.

3.Working fresh often reduces chance of making time consuming mistakes.

4.Being ready and capturing footage that was not planned.

5.Use your fully charged backup batteries.

Words of Wisdom
5 questions

Summary of the production section.

Production - Closing
Postproduction - All the work the audience doesn't see
7 Lectures 26:03

Introduction to what postproduction is all about.


We cover the postproduction job skills that make all the production work shine.

Five Postproduction Skills


1.What is the cameraman likely to do in postproduction?

2.What can you do as colorist?

3.What does the sound engineer do?

4.What software does the graphic artist work with?

5.Postproduction often works with what other section?


1.Get more ‘pickup’ shots.

2.Change, add or remove color and objects.

3.Mixes the different sounds which may be playing at the same time.

4.Motion graphics software.


Five Postproduction Skills
5 questions

Editing is all about putting your movie together and turning it into an easy to follow story.



1.What does ‘fix it in post’ imply?

2.What is a rough cut?

3.Why create a rough narration?

4.What is a ‘three shot combo?’

5.What’s the deal with encoding?


1.That mistakes made in production will be fixed in postproduction.

2.Laying down a sequence of clips to make a rough cut of the story.

3. It gives you a good sense of how long the accompanying clip or clips should be.

4.It’s the combination of a shot as well as the one before and after.

5.It’s mostly been prepackaged and now called ‘sharing.’

5 questions

This is where our digital world can make movie magic.

Grading and Graphics


1.What is the first rule of color grading?

2.What is another term for effects?

3.What is the most common transition?

4.Behaviors, generators and particle emitters are found in what software?

5.What does an effect do?


1.Get a good black and a good white.


3.Cross dissolve.

4.Motion graphics. changes the look of a clip.

Grading and Graphics
5 questions

We cover the different ways that sound adds dimension to your movie.



1.Bad video makes people yawn, bad audio makes people...

2.Do professional always get correct sound on location?

3.What is ‘foley?’

4.What is the most important aspect of adding music?

5.What’s the most important part of creating a sound studio?



2.No. They often create it and then add it afterwards.

3.Foley is creating sound to match the video.

4.That it goes with the story.

5.Making sure that there are no hard bare walls.

5 questions

This covers topics related to narrating your own movie.



1.What’s the best way to practice your narration voice?

2.What does write like you speak mean?

3.What is phantom power?

4.What is one way to break up hard walls that bounce sound?

5.What speaking tip did you learn?


1.Record a written text and see if friends and family think your voice sounds like you.

2.It means give priority to writing the way you speak, not speaking the way you write.

3.Power used to drive a microphone, often from a different source.

4.Hang blankets on them.

5.Once camera is rolling count to three before speaking and when finished count to three before moving away.

5 questions

Advice and ways to double check your work.

Words of Wisdom


1.How do you know when a movie is done?

2.What happens when you want to correct something after everything is finished?

3.Is the movie finished when you can’t find any mistakes?

4.What’s an easy way to have people review your movie?

5.Which platforms should you test your movie?


1.Actually, you never do.

2.You will have to reencode the entire movie. If it’s an hour long, this can take a day or two.

3.No. You might become stale and no longer notice them.

4.Have a prerelease party.

5.Ideally on everyone that people will be watching it on.

Words of Wisdom
5 questions
Equipment Setups - Enhance your movie making
1 Lecture 15:07

We review different sets of equipment to help you decide what investments to consider.

Equipment Setups

Review - no right or wrong answer at this point

1.Based on what you’ve learned and your personal movie making aspirations, select a video camera you think could most benefit you. Now research and find three advantages and three disadvantages to that type of camera.

2.Name three equipment items seem the most important to your movie making needs. Explain why.

3.Write out an affordable equipment budget. Now list your set of priorities, what you’d get, why and what it would cost.

Equipment Setups
5 questions
Plan of Action
2 Lectures 08:56

Conclusion of the study part of the course.

Course Conclusion

This is an outline that guides you through the step-by-step process to making your movie.

Plan of Action
About the Instructor
Harris from  Paris
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Movie Maker

'Harris from Paris' has been a professional movie maker and photojournalist his entire adult life. He started as a broadcast cameraman covering the Paris fashion scene, the runway and backstage, profiling designers and super models.

He later covered Hollywood movie productions on location, studying master directors before setting up his own production company. Rather than going the big-crew, big-budget route, he prefers his discreet photojournalist style. His low-key approach has allowed him access to film discreetly in places that would otherwise be off limits such as backstage Paris cabarets and remote ethnic villages in Indonesia.

Harris from Paris has mastered the fine art of creating movies from concept to completion without a crew. In this course, he shares his extensive movie-making knowledge and welcomes students with any level of experience.

He recently completed his movie, 'Venice Beach California.' He is currently working on 'Spark the Party,' about the music scene in Los Angeles.