Contact FutureLearn for Support
Skip main navigation
We use cookies to give you a better experience, if that’s ok you can close this message and carry on browsing. For more info read our cookies policy.
We use cookies to give you a better experience. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or read our cookies policy for more information.

5 top tips to make your film a success

In our next step you will be asked to create a Record and Playback film of your own. Before we do so, we’d like to take you through our five top tips for recording successful film content.

Camera framing - Would a long shot or close up suit best for the activity you have in mind? Camera positioning - Where is the best place to position the camera to get a clear shot? Lighting - Are the people being filmed facing the light source rather than standing with their backs to it? Sound - Have you chosen a suitable location to cut out background noise? Is the mic close to the person who is speaking to camera? If you are without access to a tripod, have you minimised camera shake with your elbows on a table, shelf or wall?

If you’d like to use these tips in class, we’ve attached a downloadable Top 5 tips pdf to this step below.

Which of the tips do you think your pupils might find most challenging?

What can you incorporate into your planning to minimise this?

How do you think you could improve the quality of work produced?

Please add your thoughts to the comments below.

Share this article:

This article is from the free online course:

Teaching Literacy Through Film

The British Film Institute (BFI)

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Why use film to improve literacy?
    Why use film to improve literacy?
    video

    Watch this short video to discover how and why learning through film improves literacy.

  • Foley sound
    Foley sound
    video

    This step is an introduction to Foley art, and has a video clip with Foley artist, John Fewell.

  • Stills from The Girl and the Fox that show different shot sizes.
    Developing writing through camera shots
    article

    Linking camera shots and positions to still images in this activity, can provide a great writing stimulus in creating narrative.

  • Record and Playback
    Record and Playback
    video

    An introduction to the technique of Record and Playback, a simple but very effective tool for curricular learning.

  • Two images each showing samples of a shoe box set design.
    Shoebox set design
    article

    Making a shoe box set takes your pupils on a filmmaking journey that produces literacy outcomes, and is a great tool for assessment. PDF provided.