Making movies today is less expensive and more accessible than ever before. With handheld mobile devices having high-resolution digital cameras, accessories to enhance the cameras, and film editing applications and software that are affordable, anyone can call themselves a filmmaker. However, just because someone can call himself or herself a filmmaker doesn’t necessarily mean they are one. There are several tips or tricks of the trade that can be applied to film making no matter what device or environment is used
Make The Story Count
How many times have you seen a movie that had great effects and action, but the story was terrible? You can have the greatest cinematography in the world, but if the story is bad, the film will not work. You want to ensure your story is well thought out and one that will keep people’s attention. This does not mean you have to have a lot of dialogue. The story just needs to make sense and hold viewers’ attention. Plan your story out ahead of time with a script, storyboards, and having someone look over it. Make sure you have developed the characters, the plot, and the action so it flows and make sense. A good story is key to filmmaking
Moving crew and equipment from place to place can take time and money. Use limited locations to make your script. Some of the greatest directories did this in early films. They used limited locations and made the magic happen in post editing. Film what you can in a set number of locations. Get creative with how you use each location for different scenes, and you can make each location worth its weight in gold.
Nothing is more frustrating than showing up to a set and not knowing where something is. You do not want to waste time looking for that screwdriver to finish the set up. Nor do you want to spend an hour figuring out what angle to take that shot from. Being organized and thinking things through before you do them is going to save time, money, and a lot of frustration. Your film will turn out better because you are organized.
Get Real Talent
Your friends cannot act. They may spend hours in front of the mirror or making short clips with friends, but that does not make them professional actors. Nothing will tank your film quicker that using your friends as talent. It will cause you frustration and can ruin friendships. As the saying goes, “Do not mix business with pleasure.” By being organized and having saved money by thinking through your process, you can get creative and spend some of that savings on real talent to make your film work.