You don’t need to shell out millions or work with some of the prettiest faces in Hollywood to come up with a great movie. The greatest of films can challenge the norms, move an audience, and change lives. This makes watching a movie more than a just a simple, leisurely activity. It’s a way of life, or perhaps, one of humanity’s best activities.
Movies; some are forgettable, and some leave an imprint that stand the test of time, and inspire others to get into the craft of filmmaking. Being a great filmmaker is not something that will happen overnight. Years of hard work, dedication, and a deep understanding of the different complexities associated with the silver screen are what make a great filmmaker.
Here are three things every aspiring filmmaker should keep in mind.
Every Filmmaker Watches Films
A filmmaker will not be such if he or she hasn’t seen anything that drives their passion. Needless to say, a true filmmaker watches films regularly. Identify what makes these motion pictures good and familiarize yourself with the different cinematographic styles, treatments, and techniques.
Immersing yourself in the world of cinema enables you to hone your craft further. It introduces you to the many possibilities achieved only through film. Expose yourself to mainstream, indie, digital, and world cinema – each is distinct and brings something different to the table.
Narrative above All
Figure out what makes a good story. Look for conflict and study the different treatment styles. Every film has characters with unique personalities that drive the story. Look into the narrative and see how the scriptwriters developed them. The story is what makes a film gripping or lackluster, noteworthy or forgettable.
It’s the Technicality of it All
Part of the beautiful narrative lies in masterfully split and spliced pieces of footage. Editing and post production can make or break a movie, and make no mistake; all aspects of this phase of production matters. You have to move around a lot and learn things like the standard use of video templates, camera techniques, framing and lighting. Editing is important, as it stitches all the fragments of the film to arrive at something worth a rant or a rave.
Budding filmmakers today are so fortunate because of the astounding amount of resources allowing them to hone their craft. Everything from stock footage to templates for After Effects, and various software used for audio engineering and color grading are available, allowing aspiring directors and editors to get a good grip of what is necessary to achieve success.
Keep in mind that filmmaking goes beyond production and managing special effects projects. Filmmaking is about fulfilling passion, and the only way to do this is through constant exposure to the different elements that make the world of cinema so magical.