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Over the past three years we have come across many videos guiding new film makers with step-by-step
lessons that allow them to create functional products on a tight budget. We’ve also noticed that
because of these tutorials, every filmmaker that follows them may look like a crazed plumber. 

The following is a list of video links and descriptions that we have found helpful. Hopefully you
can step up your productions to the next level using these products and techniques.

A $20 camera slider from Indy Mogul: HERE

A $42 Steadicam from Rgsauve: HERE *This is how you hold the Steadicam by Rgsauve.

A $9 Steadicam for Iphones from Cgrusden: HERE

This is just the beginning. We will seek out other great tutorials that have footage to show that the
products are worth your time. Currently there are thousands of videos out there. Sadly, it’s hard to
find easy products that have great video footage to back them up. 

Simply making a product like these will not allow you to make better movies. You must train with them.
Use them often and for different tasks. Learn what each product can benefit. Just because you have a
Steadicam doesn’t mean your whole project should be shot using it. Each product has it’s own strength,
find out what that is and add it to your movie. 

If you decide to make these products on your own, please BE CAREFUL.

-Happy filmmaking!
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One of the main goals we have set for this project is to make sure everyone can take part, even those
without proper funding or equipment.

Lots of people set their sights on equipment and programs first. They believe that without the best
programs and equipment they cannot create anything that can compete with everyone else in the market.
This is not true. We know this is not true because we have created content of our own without ANY
equipment whatsoever and put on a television show. You heard us right. No equipment at all. Want to
know how we lit the shot? We flicked the light switch to the ON position. The majority of laptops and
computers now come with a web cam either built-in or attached externally. We literally carried around
an old MacBook and shot whatever it was that we wrote down on scraps of paper. We found an old digital
camera (not HD by a long shot) with no external lenses and used that as well. Those were our “fancy”
shots. This isn’t a grandparent story either. The year was 2009.

 We cannot allow budget restraints to deny everyone a chance at creating something that they care about.
To combat this we have come across a list of FREE ONLINE SOFTWARE. Yes. That last sentence used free,
online and software all together. We will throw a link up to the book we found it in once we get their
blessings.
Pay close attention because this is the first step you will take into joining our project/nation and
participating in a brand-new, exciting and large digital movement.
 *Please note that our production company has purchased all of our own programs and do not personally use 
these listed programs ourselves (Except Celtx. We love that program). We know they have been used on feature 
films and they seem legitimate. If you for any reason encounter any computer issues due to any of these 
programs the issue lies with you and the program creators themselves. *Wipes hands. Now let’s begin.
 
For every piece of mainstream software, there’s a free or open source application that works just as
well, if not better. 

For almost everything pre-production use: 

 -OpenOffice.org  - It’s like Microsoft Word.
 -http://www.celtx.com has a program called Celtx. It’s a full-featured preproduction suite that not
only properly formats script for film, TV, theatre, radio and everything else, but it also has built-in
scheduling and storyboarding tools. 

For almost everything post-production use:

-http://www.blender.org - A program called Blender is a full-featured 3D modeling software. It also
functions as a nonlinear editor. *It was used in SPIDERMAN 2!
-http://www.cinelerra.org – A program called Cinelerra will help you edit your stuff.
-http://www.cinepaint.org – A program called CinePaint allows you to retouch your movie frame by frame
without degrading the quality. *It was used in SPIDERMAN, HARRY POTTER and STUART LITTLE!
-http://www.ardour.org – All about audio here. You can lay down the music and sound for your flick with
this program called Ardour.
-http://audacity.sourceforge.net – another audio program called Audacity.
-http://majorsilence.com/devede – A program called DeVeDe that will burn your movie onto a DVD.
-http://www.gimp.org – A program called GIMP that you can create your movie’s cover art with.
-http://www.inkscape.org – a program called Inkscape that you can create cover art with.
There you go. Our first gift to you. Just look around online for these types of software incase any of
these programs don’t work on your specific platform. 

Do not let not having enough money for a specific application stand between you and 
producing your film. *Once again, we will post a link to the book that we found this information in
once we receive their blessings.

Happy film making!


Step one on this journey:  Set up a production company.

We present to you – Durable Mutation Productions.

Things are moving along quite well. The YouTUBE page is up and operational so stay tuned for VLOGS. We will try and find a certain time of the week to stay consistent. The blogs will come in whenever something interesting pops up.

To celebrate the launch of the YouTUBE site, we made a little introductory video to the new production company. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment or voting on the poll.  *You’ll be able to tell which category won yesterday’s poll.


Welcome!

The main goal of this project will be to show fellow hobbyists, students, newcomers and the general public that it is possible to follow your dreams and become a filmmaker. It doesn’t come down to where you live, what school you’ve gone to or how much money you have lying around. It’s about getting out there with a camera (could be yours, or borrowed) and making some magic.

Inspired by Sam Raimi, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith, we shall start our own company and educate ourselves by making short digital films and projects.

To add some challenges and deadlines to the project, we will be researching different film school curriculums and will try to complete our own version of their assigned projects without the aid of professors, text books and school studios. We will choose our own reading material that is always available to the public at local bookstores or free online. These projects will be posted online and shown to the general public. Feedback will be noted and some of the projects will be adjusted and re-released in hopes of learning valuable lessons and properly executing what was originally intended. We will be keeping VLOGs as much as possible and blogging on this website to keep everyone up-to-date.

Hopefully by our “graduation” of one or more programs we can land a directing gig without the aid of school-networking or film festivals. If all else fails, we will have made a great demo-reel in the meantime. This project is not meant to belittle any existing school programs or anyone working for/in them. It is an experiment to see if it is possible to become a filmmaking master using public resources, the internet and goodwill.

If you have any aspirations of working in the film industry or if you’d like to see how it all works, follow us on this adventure. Let’s figure it out together.

*Check out the “YOUR school projects” tab and tell me about your school experience.
VOTE on the poll below to help decide how I will personalize these projects!