Don’t Do That! 7 Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid for Beginners

Don’t Do That! 7 Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid for Beginners

After years of working in film, Film Jams is bringing you a list of 7 filmmaking mistakes to avoid for beginners. As filmmakers, it’s inevitable that we will make mistakes and then we learn from them, but we’re giving you an opportunity to learn from OUR mistakes and get the dish on common filmmaking mistakes straight from us. So watch this video if you want to learn about some mistakes to avoid as a filmmaker.

Many of these mistakes are geared towards beginners, but you can learn from any level. Filmmaking is a process: there’s a lot going on! It can take days, months, or years from pre-production, to production, then afterwards post-production to finish a project, from a simple video like this or a film, leaving room for many mistakes to be made.

This list ranges from tips to manage your time, standards to uphold on set, thinking about setting, using your gear, recording audio, and managing yourself overall. Our best tip? Watch Film Jams! We exist to help you along each step in the filmmaking process and increase your efficiency and artistic expression.

What other filmmaking mistakes do beginners often make that we left off the list? Sound off in the comments below and maybe we’ll make a follow up video with more suggestions!

If you have any questions on the techniques used in this review video, please send a note in the comments. Thanks for watching Don’t Do That! 7 Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid for Beginners, in our Film Jams series!


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-Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 –

-Canon C300 –

-RODE Wireless GO –

Other equipment we use to film:

-Canon C100 –
-Canon C200 –
-Canon EOS R –
-Sony A7III –

-Canon 24-105mm – (main interview)
-Canon 100mm macro – (product shots & CUs)

-Sachtler –

-Sennheiser MKE600 –
-Sennheiser 416 –

-Litepanel Astra 6x –
-Kino Flo Diva LED –

-Profoto Beauty Dish –
-Profoto D2 500 Strobe Kit –
-Canon 5D mkIII –
-Profoto Air Remote –


Filmed on location at: in St. Petersburg, FL

Special Thanks to the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission Digital Creator Program

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