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Things I’ve Learnt About Filmmaking – Part 2

In Filmmaking on August 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm

We almost look like we're having fun

5) Re-write your script until it actually sounds good.

6) Force your characters into silly costumes – if your film turn out to be more than a little on the crap side at least you’ll give people something nice to look at/ make them laugh.

7) If you keep your actors working for long enough in one day, they’ll stop putting up a fight and just do what you tell them to. Trade unions might not be happy about this therefore you should be careful; i.e. hire actors who don’t belong to a union.

8 ) GET A DECENT MICROPHONE! I didn’t and well, you can see/hear the results…

9) Blooper reels are the way forward

10) Never under-estimate the power of tea on a film set

Things I’ve Learnt About Filmmaking – Part 1

In Filmmaking on August 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm

For those of you who missed the film I made last summer the first time round, here’s the trailer:

If you were one of the few people who did watch it then – I’m sorry.

Now, I’m not saying I’m not proud of this film, I’m just saying there is a lot of stuff wrong with it.  Making this film however, taught me a lot of things:

1) Plan each scene like you’ve never planned anything before.

2) Make sure you provide the cast and crew with lunch, otherwise things could turn ugly.

3) More of a caveat to no. 1 – let the actors do their ‘thang’. As a director you should have a clear idea of what you want the characters to be doing, but at the same time you should let them put their own spin on things. You’ll thank them for it later…

4) Keep someone around for continuity checks. No matter how brilliant you think you are yourself, you’ll always miss things and then kick yourself for it later.

5) Get someone to challenge everything you do – it’ll make you think twice about whether you need to be doing what you’re doing.

More to come soon…