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Getting Started - film

Getting started - film

Before you start making your 60 Second Shakespeare, make sure you've got all the equipment you need.
To make a film, you will need the following absolute basics:

DV Cameras A camera
For the best results, we recommend using a Digital Video (DV) camera or camcorder to shoot your 60 Second Shakespeare. Don't use film!

Computer A computer
Any reasonably new computer should do, whether Mac or PC. Video processing takes a lot of processor power, so the faster the machine, the better. You'll also need a lot of hard-disk storage space, because video files can be very large.
Firewire Firewire cable
This is a cable which allows the camera to communicate with the computer. You won't get far without it!
Software disks Editing software
There are many different editing software packages available, some free, some not. All work in roughly the same way, though some are easier to use than others. The most frequently used packages include:
  • Apple Imovie '05. (Mac only) This comes free with new Macintoshes, or is available (for a price) from the Apple iLife site. Easy to use, but quite limited.
  • Windows MovieMaker2. (PC only) This comes free with Windows XP, so if you have a new PC you've probably got it already. If not, you can download it for free from Microsoft. Easy to use, but quite limited. This is the package used in the video editing tutorials on this site.
  • Avid. Used widely in the TV industry, a limited version of this package can be downloaded for free from Avid. It can be rather tricky to use though.
  • Adobe Premiere. A good package, fairly easy to use and very flexible. Not free, but there is a trial version available for a limited time from the Adobe Premiere website.
  • FinalCut Pro. (Mac only) A widely used package of professional quality. Rather expensive though. See for more details.
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  • The following items aren't absolutely essential, but will all improve your film-making.

    Tripods A tripod
    Tripods range from pretty cheap (about £10) to very expensive indeed, but even a cheap one will come in very handy for keeping your shots from wobbling.

    Separate microphone Separate microphone
    Cameras have built-in microphones, but they are never as good as plugging in a separate microphone. Not all cameras have a socket for a separate mic, so check first.

    Headphones Headphones
    For checking that the sound is alright as you do your filming. They can save a lot of disappointment later.

    Minidisc Digital sound recording equipment
    Like a minidisc, DAT or hard disc recording device. Useful for recording sound effects for your film.


    Watch videoclips demonstrating tips, techniques and more to help you make your 60 Second Shakespeare a masterpiece.

  • Acting exercises
  • Making sound effects
  • Directing - shot guide
  • Editing audio
  • Editing video
  • Microphones

    Using Microphones
    Use that mic right!

  • Find out all about how to get good results on your 60 Second Shakespeare's sound with our handy guide to using microphones.
  • Scripts

    Take a look at our selection of script extracts to see how the professionals do it.

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