Everybody who loves the movies has at some point thought that they want to make a movie. As a self-professed movie aficionado and an aspiring filmmaker, I have spent years learning about the art of cinema as well as the techniques involved. Here is the list of 10 tips that you must follow to make your own movie.
1. Write a script:
The most important aspect of any movie is the story so it is obvious that any movie you would make would start on a piece of paper. You may use the latest 4K camera and hire the best actors but the final product rests on the script. While there are movies that leave huge gaps for improvisation by actors, they are very rare and it is nearly impossible to have that be your first film. So, just write a script. This is by far the least glamorous part of films but it is the most important part too. You can choose to adapt a short story or book into a film but it comes with a lot of issues. An original work may be interpreted by different people very differently and this may cause people to feel disconnect with your perspective. It is therefore best to write your own script. When shooting, you will have much more control in telling a story you have written yourself. Your script should be simple, focus on your strengths and be feasible to make in the time and money you are willing to devote to it.
2. Watch behind-the-scene footage:
It is best to learn hands-on by being on an actual set of a movie but it is very difficult to get that level of access as an outsider. But there are great resources available on the internet. Watch the behind-the-scenes footage of your favourite films to learn how everything is controlled to make the final product. YouTube also has a lot of interviews like The Hollywood Reporter’s Directors’ Roundtable that will help you learn from their experiences. Many anecdotes from their long careers will be lessons for you to remember. And there are many tutorials and crash courses for you to learn the technical stuff like lighting and camera angles. Try Nofilmschool.com, DSLRguide, D4Darious, Indy Mogul and Film Riot for great tutorials.