No matter how advanced the equipment you're using is, the essential elements of filmmaking remain vital. From framing and composition, to what recording formats to use and how to get great results without a big crew to help, there is a very definite learning curve.
Here, we explore some of the key principals to capturing professional video, with expert insight from two filmmaking pros. Director of photography Patrick Smith shoots features and drama documentaries for the likes of the BBC, Netflix and Channel 4, while filmmaker and post-production specialist Ollie Kenchington runs Korro Films, an award-winning agency specialising in commercials, documentaries and branded content.
Whether you're looking to take the next step in filmmaking or wanting to brush up on your existing skills, you'll find these basic tips invaluable.