The Art of Film Making

Way back then, indie filmmaking was an esteemed, enigmatic, hazardous, and expensive profession. Thus the reason why only a few individuals would want to be a filmmaker. Instead, they just settle down as either a patron, an audience member or a viewer.

With the introduction of advanced digital technologies, the filmmaking profession has become less difficult and easily accessible. Any individual with a smartphone, tablet, DSLR, or a simple video camera, combined with a basic video editing app can instantly create a ‘film’ and easily post them online through YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and etc.

What is the Filmmaking process?

There are three distinct stages of the filmmaking process. The 3 include planning or pre-production, filming or production, and completion of the film or also known as post-production.

  1. Pre-Production

During this stage, filmmakers start to think of ideas and how you’re going to tell your story. Oftentimes, their ideas are simplified into not more than 50 words. When they’ve generated the idea, they go on to the next step which is scriptwriting and storyboard making. And before they start shooting in a certain location, they visit it first and make sure that they have the permission to shoot the film there. Another thing, filmmakers are advised to get legal agreements signed before the production stage.

  1. Production

Filming or production officially starts as the filmmaker records its first footage. The second stage captures every scene and information captured in the pre-production or planning stage. During this stage, the filmmaker will work out the lighting requirements, framing, and composition. There are filming projects that include shooting B-Rolls which are supplementary footages which are included in the completed product.

  1. Post-Production

The post-production stage commences after all the footage has been recorded/captured. For several filmmakers, this is their most favorite part of the filmmaking process. Professionals can add graphics, images, music, editing, and special effects to the raw videos. For first-time filmmakers, it can be both difficult and educational at the same time. Post-production is like applying the last coat of paint on a wall. This is when your project will truly come to life.

Post-production also includes the sharing process of your film. With today’s advancement in technology, you can now easily share your film online, either on Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, and much more. This will also be the time that you can get opinions from viewers all around the world.

What You Need to Know in Making Your First Movie

There are so many things to consider when creating one’s first ever film, that includes a script, the cast, aesthetic, sound design, location, and the list goes on. At first, you may feel positive emotions of excitement, happiness, and determination. However, several kinds of challenges and setbacks will show themselves at different stages throughout the process. Here are some great tips to make one’s first ever film possible!

Stop being a couch potato and make the goddamn film. If you want to make money with a zero budget, you should never forget that frustration and impatience are two essential traits. Combine both with the fact that unless you have rich uncles, you can’t make a $150,000 film. You will need to work for it.

Stop stressing yourself trying to make a marketable film, instead, write something you are passionate about. Just because this year’s popular film genre is Comedy, doesn’t mean your film should be as well. In fact, it can worsen your chance of making something really breathtaking, especially if you aren’t good at that genre. Better yet, make your first ever film personal, something you’ll be willing to die for.

Work with really close friends, ESPECIALLY the brutally honest ones. Take it from the experience of first-time directors, making your first ever film will be the most exhausting thing you’ll ever try. And the less budget you have, the more stressful it can be. You must work with individuals you respect, instead of being just nice. They will give you honest opinions that will hopefully make your film better, not just to make you feel better about yourself.

Make a budget for more than just the post-production. Sure, you’ve raised enough money to finish the production of the film. But have you ever thought about the post-production costs? Do everything you can to be able to hire a picture editor and a sound editor. However, don’t do it solo. If you do, the picture will be the one to suffer. Also, don’t forget to budget for at least 30 festivals.

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Make a budget for travel and housing. Not all festivals take responsibility for your traveling and housing expenses, and therefore never assume that they will and instead consider it for your budget. Otherwise, you won’t be able to attend your own screening!

Embrace your limitations for they inspire innovation. Like what Debbie Allen says, “But out of limitations comes creativity.” For a filmmaker like you, you don’t have to set limitations for your first film, even on a tight budget. Instead, we should view them as opportunities to be able to test your creativity and react to the problem.

Create a good contract or hire someone to do it for you. Although you’re collaborating with trustworthy individuals, you still have to ensure that they have a precise idea of their responsibilities are before you start working on the film. If they hesitate to sign, there’s obviously something fishy.

Get as many reviews as possible. For micro-budget films like yours, the critics will be your best mates. They have the capability to attract attention by making a positive buzz.