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I have developed a big interest in film making recently (I hope it isn't a fad). I am interested more in the technical side like cinematography, editing, lighting etc than acting, direction etc.

I am in look out for sites that do a "review" of sorts (more) of the film making techniques than the story, acting etc. I didn't get much help googling. Could you good people on this board lead me to some sites online that discuss these aspects of movies?

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Really good question! I am going to need this pretty soon. Thanks for asking. –  daviesgeek Oct 19 '11 at 16:20
You might wanna join the filmmaking proposal –  Roy Jan 14 '13 at 21:46
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Directing actors is a technical part of film making. It's not easy, and if your actors don't give good performances, chances are you won't have a good film. People can usually forgive bland cinematography and clunky editing – but if they don't believe the characters then you're going to have no chance in engaging the audience.

I go to a film school myself and so I haven't really done a lot of research online. I suspect that you wouldn't be able to find everything you need to know just by looking online. If you're serious about filmmaking then I'd suggest you take some courses. If you just want to take it up as a hobby then the best way to learn is to practice. Buy a camera (a good DSLR if you can afford it), get editing software on your computer (would recommend Final Cut Pro 7 if you own a Mac or Adobe Premiere Pro if you've got a PC) and shoot outdoors in natural lighting (cheaper and looks better if you can't light well). Also, best way to study films is to watch films. Watch a lot of different kinds of cinema. If you like a certain director try and watch all their films, especially their early shorts if they have any.

Just did a quick google search and found a couple of sites: for cinematography: http://filmmakeriq.com/2008/07/345-cinematography-techniques/ filmmaking in general: http://digital-filmmaking.blogspot.com/

Not sure if they're any good though, sorry mate.

If you're keen on getting a DSLR, this stackexchange site is perfect for information. http://photo.stackexchange.com/

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+1 Great answer! This really helps. And thanks for mentioning a DSLR for filming! –  daviesgeek Oct 19 '11 at 16:21
While I approve of Chard's answer, I would like to point out that not all films need actors to be great films or even have to have actors to engage the viewer. Consider the countless documentaries on nature, science, and art not to mention art films that exploit this principal "motion is the defining characteristic of life". –  filzilla Jan 26 '12 at 23:34
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Better than sites are the extras on DVDs. Often, you've got people talking about how and why certain things were done. Watch enough of these different perspectives, and you'll get good info. It's ALL aspects of filmmaking, from the technical to the artistic, but since they're all part of the same collaborative team, it's good to at least understand how the director and actor think so the technician can effectively communicate with them.

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