Filmmaking for Everyone

Filmmaking images is packed with information and advice to help you make short films or videos.

You can find out about the filmmaking process, find story tips and ideas, and see how to make a film on your phone. There’s advice on buying the right camera and other equipment you need.

If you’re new to filmmaking, this page is the best place to start.

Tom Barrance

How to Make a Movie

This section shows you how to organise, plan, shoot and edit your first short film or video.
Filmmaking Step by Step
Story Tips and Ideas
iPhone Filmmaking

Film Storytelling

These pages are all about how you can use images, sound and sequences to tell your story.
Understanding Film Language
Using Sound in Your Film
Filming Sequences That Make Sense

Choosing Equipment

How to choose the right camera (and other equipment) for the films you want to make.
The Best Cameras for Filmmaking
Filmmaking Equipment List
iPhones, iPads, Accessories and Apps 

Learn Filmmaking With My Step-by-Step Ebook

This ebook guide will show you how to make great short films and videos. It explains the filmmaking process, what you need, storytelling with images and sound, and how to plan, shoot and edit your movie. 163 pages, over 400 illustrations, instant download.

Short Movie Editing Package

Editclass ad - Learn Filmmaking by Editing a Movie

EditClass is a complete short movie to edit: over 90 clips with alternative shots and takes. It includes editing tips and activities, guides for iMovie (Mac and iOS), Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X, and a Powerpoint introduction to the continuity system. Education site pricing available.

“A brilliant resource” Media Education Journal

Interactive Book for Children and Teens

Screenshots from Making Movies Make Sense - Apple Books

Making Movies Make Sense is an interactive introduction to filmmaking and film language for ages 9 to adult. With over 50 video clips, audio clips, dozens of stills and interactive images. For iPad, Mac and iPhone. Learn more about Making Movies Make Sense

”Highly recommended” Professor John Potter, UCL Institute of Education

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On-site and online training

I provide tailor-made online and face-to-face film training and workshops for businesses, organisations, education and individuals. My face-to-face training is available throughout the UK and in Europe.

“An absolutely fantastic course. Exactly the right pace, hugely informative and great fun.”
Victoria Penn, Abergavenny, Wales

“Tom is a really good teacher and is able to convey a lot of technical detail without baffling his audience. Highly recommended.”
Gillian Southgate, Assistant Director, NHS R&D Northwest


Mae fy hyfforddiant a gweithdai ar gael yn y Gymraeg.
My training and workshops are available in Welsh.