Film is probably the most difficult artistic medium to create great work, and the industry itself is a notoriously difficult place to succeed. These simple tips can help with both of those problems.
A few weeks back, our friend Sebastian Solberg shared a few of his most helpful tips for getting started with drone filmmaking. This week, he's back with tips to help filmmakers work smarter and make better films. First up, check out Sebastian's tips in video form:
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Sebastian was also kind enough to share them in text form. Check 'em out below:
- Choosing your team is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a filmmaker. Make sure you get it right and work with people who are as hardworking and passionate about the project as you are.
- The most important part of any film or video is the story and characters, not the fact that you're using the latest camera or stabilizing rig. Make sure the script and story is the best it can be – rewrite, rewrite and rewrite! Show the script to your harshest critics and ask for feedback. You might not agree with all their thoughts and ideas but it will at least prompt you to improve on the story.
- Never skimp on pre-production. Prepare for every possibility and visualize the film in your head before you go on set. [editorial note: Nothing is worse than an unstructured production and a gaggle of unprepared filmmakers. If you're going to ask people for their time, make sure you don't waste it.]
- Always show your appreciation. Filmmaking is a collaborative process; you can’t do it alone. A thank you can go a long way!
- Don't complain. Filmmaking is an amazing profession, but sometimes it really pushes you to your limits when you're working long hours in extreme conditions. The key to getting through the hard days is to not complain, as it will only bring morale down and make the experience even harder for yourself and those around you. Instead focus on the positive; focus on the fact that you're making a film with an incredible group of like minded people. And remember to smile - it's contagious!
So there you have it, 5 tips for more successful and fulfilling filmmaking work. These tips will come in handy not only when you're making films with your friends on the weekends, but when you're in the depths of the industry, working on larger projects with huge budgets.