This is where you will find everything you need to know about the festival & how to make your own film.
We have links for beginners just starting out who need some basic understanding of what you will need to make a short film, as well as links and tips for developing your film further if you’ve been making films for a while.
There’s a tonne of information about filmmaking online and at your local library. You could research short films or a specific genre of film that you like, or you could study your favourite director’s work.
Something to remember is this: it takes time for every filmmaker to develop their own personal style of filmmaking and there are many different stages of this process, so the more you just pick up the camera, keep shooting and editing, the more you will develop your own skills and the work you produce will truly be yours. The filmmaker!
Below are all the links you’ll need to understand what’s involved to participate in the Millthorpe Motion Picture Festival.
We would like all participants to fill in this simple registration form so that we have your contact details & we can keep you informed of the developments and updates of the festival.
The Rules and Regulations are where you can find out what category you will be entered into, how long your short film can be and what rules we want you to follow as you create your short film.
The Terms and Conditions are the nitty gritty details of the festival that are always worth reading for any filmmaker who is submitting a film, as you should know your rights & what’s involved when you hand over a film that you have poured your heart & soul into!
Once you are happy with your final edit, this where you’ll go to find out how to submit your short film & what needs to go with it.
The easiest way to start shooting footage is with a phone. Here’s a link to a tutorial with Tim who will take you through the whole process & share a bunch of information with you along the way.
You can shoot some film on just about any camera or phone these days, but you will be limited as to how much editing you can do with this footage. Some tablets have software that will enable editing to be done, but to edit your film on a pc or mac you will need some editing software.
Enter HITFILM 4 EXPRESS!
What we like about this piece of software is how well laid out it is, how easy it is to use (once you have learnt the basics), how much you can do with it and most importantly, that it’s free! This alone can save you several hundred dollars. To get HITFILM 4 EXPRESS:
Once you have it installed on your computer, if this is your first time using editing software then I highly recommend you jump into the tutorials that HITFILM has on it’s website:
HITFILM has the most comprehensive coverage of how to use their software and how to make the film you want to make. The tutorials are great because you can learn at your own pace and jump straight into whatever tutorial you need. If you are just getting started, there is a tutorial that teaches you how to create your first project in 10 minutes! There are also 3 getting started tutorials that will have you feeling much better about the editing process as it can be a little overwhelming when you are just starting out.
All up there are 154 tutorials at the above link that will help you find the next effect that you are looking for. HITFILM also has their own YouTube channel where you can find even more information.