My first introduction to film in school was during a film analysis class, although technically, it was classified as a philosophy class. The professor was quite pompous and made a big deal out of discussing how to actively view a film. No speaking was allowed, and we were to take notes while viewing. He was a little like the Movie Nazi. We discussed film theory and the power of the director in the making of a film at great length.
Whether you’re making a video for a sixth grade graduation or for the introduction of a new product, it’s important to remember who will be watching your masterpiece. Before I even knew I would be involved with video production, I saw a movie called The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, starring a young Richard Dreyfuss. Duddy, in his first effort at làm phim quảng cáo, surprised an audience of family and friends at a Bar Mitzvah with an artistic interpretation that included vivid scenes of ritual circumcision – complete with plenty of spilling blood and African dancing. Don’t do that.
Matter of fact, if you already have a camera of some sort, why don’t you take a little break and go out and shoot something. Go ahead! I’ll still be here when you get back. Then we can talk story some more, but right now, go shoot!
When studying how to make movies you need to learn not just the aspects of techniques or film making but also the implications your film will have on your audience. Choosing your target audience will assist you in knowing the kind of traits you should give your characters and the kind of dialogue they involve in.
It’s common to only shoot footage in a foreign country and then do post production back home. Shop around and you will be amazed at how much more you can save by using foreign post production facilities. These days with the world being so accessible via internet there’s no reason you have to edit at home unless your client insists on sitting in at the studios.
In the world of making of movies, especially at the indie film level, there are zero guarantees that every aspiring filmmaker that sets out to go from screenplay to distributed movie will make it to the end. Making movies is risky creatively and financially. Sometimes a movie falls apart during pre-production, filming or in post-production for lots of different reasons.
Using the available mediums of information (craigslist, local Facebook groups, local filmmaking groups, colleges/universities), build a crew that will perform certain duties while on set. The basic positions include: Director (if you are not directing, which I highly recommend that you do Direct), Director of Photography, Sound Equipment Operators, Gaffer (lighting operator), Make-Up, Acting Coach, Clapper, and Production Assistants. Some of these jobs can be multi-tasked to one person, but if you have enough people to concentrate on their particular craft, the smoother it will be during production. Also, check to see if your crew members own/have access to the equipment needed for shooting. If they don’t, that’s something else you will have to figure out.
The Sales & Distribution part of the process is when the film is put on the big screen. Once it is a finished product it will be screened for audiences and distributors and tweaked as deemed necessary. The distributor will then take the movie and get it to theaters and other sources.