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HOW TO MAKE A COMPETITION WINNING SHORT DOC | Joe Lee

Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Sometimes it can be quite daunting to take your first steps as a filmmaker, or work up enough self-confidence to believe you that can produce a competition-winning short. So to give you that extra boost and debunk some of the myths you might have generated for yourself, we invited our last competition winner, Joe Lee, to do a guest vlog, sharing all his best planning, filmming and editing top tips for all you aspiring would-be competition entrants.

These clips offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Joe's winning short The Year of the Lost Music, which it's well worth watching before these clips, if you haven't seen it yet. We hope you enjoy his YouTube filmmaking tutorial!

If it leaves you feeling inspired, there's still time to submit to our latest competition. Or if you're reading this after that date, be sure to join our newsletter, as we'll be announcing new editions soon.
 


1) Develop your idea and Planning

To tell you a little more about Joe, he's one of the organisers of the London Documentary Network and is an East London based videographer, who uses his many different talents to do lots of different things, from making promos to filming live music events - which is partly what inspired him to make his documentary.

But how did he overcome his own sense of imposter syndrome? And what tools did he use to make sense of all the different angles and perspectives he wanted to cover in his very ambitious 10-minute piece? Find out, in this Part 1 clip.



2) Filming and Production

If you're new to filmmaking, and you're wondering where to start in terms of kit or you're just always on the lookout for great new pieces of gear, then this is the clip for you!

Joe shares all his favourite affordable cameras, his favourite lighting equipment and the principal mics he uses, as well as his favourite back-up mics. He also goes into an often overlooked part of production: how important it is to have good location co-ordination, if you're going out and doing lots of filmming.

 


3) The EDIT

In this final part, Joe discusses how he dealt with having over 6 hours of footage, which by his estimates would have taken him 60 hours of reviewing his material to produce his finished piece - time he didn't really have available due to work commitments.

Find out how he got over the initial hurdles that all editors face, and how transcribing helped him improve his knowledge of his material, as well as the tools he used.