July 10, 2015

5 Simple Tips for Making Great Films & Kicking Ass in the Film Industry

Sebastian Solberg Filmmaking Tips
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:

Sebastian was also kind enough to share them in text form. Check 'em out below:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    Sebastian Solberg Filmmaking Tips
  3. 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.]
  4. Always show your appreciation. Filmmaking is a collaborative process; you can’t do it alone. A thank you can go a long way! 
  5. 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.

If you'd like to check out Sebastian's latest short film (it will make you smile), you can watch it here. He also has a tremendous BTS post over on his website, so definitely check that out as well.     

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Tip # 6: Save some coins, you will need them.

July 10, 2015 at 3:41PM

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Edgar More
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>>>Make sure you get it right and work with people who are as hardworking and passionate about the project as you are.

It can be really tough to find good people when you haven't got a lot of budget to work with. ( if you're lucky you've got friends in the business who don't mind lending a hand )

July 10, 2015 at 3:50PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Good tips but also common sense. Not the first time anyone told me to be nice and friendly and not to complain.

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July 10, 2015 at 4:58PM, Edited July 10, 4:58PM

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Klaas-Thijs Postma
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Click here NOW! You too can be "Kicking Ass in the Film Industry" !

July 12, 2015 at 2:48AM

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Brian Anthony
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it double posted idk why

July 12, 2015 at 2:48AM, Edited July 12, 2:48AM

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Brian Anthony
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Good stuff with some useful insights. Lots of common sense here. Appreciation is always important in all areas of life.

July 10, 2015 at 6:48PM

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Matt C
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>>>Make friends with the teamsters. Having them on your side, especially if you're starting out as a P.A. can go a long way. They rule the circus and are the ones transporting everyone. I learned that one fast when I started out.

July 11, 2015 at 10:05AM

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Tony Rodney
Film Maker/Editor
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#1 Work hard and never complain.

July 13, 2015 at 1:21PM

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Jon Collins
Freelance Videographer
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I like this guy. Wish there were more directors out there like him. love the positive attitude.

July 13, 2015 at 10:41PM

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Neil Nortje
Cinematographer
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Great tips! Love the positive attitude.

August 2, 2015 at 9:09PM, Edited August 2, 9:09PM

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Christian Juliano
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