February 10, 2019 at 10:21PM
Good Filmmaker, Creates Great Film
The history of film reaches as far as ancient Greece’s theater and dance, it was estimated to have arisen since the late 1800’s. Soon, film production companies were recognized all over the world (Wikipedia). The first decade of motion pictures is a novelty to many people, 'til it turned to be an established worldwide entertainment industry. Film, also known as motion pictures, is not just popular in the past because until today, film production is making a mark on both entertainment and business industries. Filmmaking/film production is the process of making films intended for massive theatrical exhibition. Filmmaking involves a number of distinct stages including an initial story, idea, or commission, through screen writing, casting, shooting, sound recording and reproduction, editing and screening the finished product before an audience that may result in a film release and showing (Wikipedia).
If you are interested in having a filmmaking career, or you just want to get out there and just start making movies, it can be challenging to know where to start. But you don’t need to worry because I’ll be presenting to you the things you need to consider in order to create a great film. According to Wikihow.com, the first thing to do is getting the essentials. This includes: getting a high-quality camera, decide on how you’ll edit the film, finding a decent place to shoot your film, and also to find people willing to help. Next is the writing of the film. In creating a film, you need to think and expand your idea into a story. After that you’ll need to write a screenplay and make a storyboard of your film. The third one is to spend some time on the “look and feel” of the movie. That involves featuring smooth and clear shots, designing the costumes and sets, and consider the lighting. Lastly, is the filming and editing of your film. You need to plan meticulously, gather and test your equipment, film your movie well, edit your film, and sync the sound effects and music (Wikihow.com).
The above-mentioned steps and tips are not enough for you to become a great filmmaker that your peers will look up to and seek out for advice. You need to have the habits of successful filmmakers. According to Grove (2017), if you want to create work that resonates with your audience, you need to know what is going om in your industry. You need to read the trades. Whoever you are, a screen writer, a director, or just a novice filmmaker, you need to write every single day. It doesn’t mean that it should be finely polished script, you just need to flex your mind muscles. There are tons of people curating content these days. In fact, it’s something anyone can do, create an index of other people’s content and then splat it online with some of their own. Also, in order to be a successful filmmaker, you need to accept the fact that there is more to learn than what you already know. You should admit that there are always new ideas and ways at looking at things, that is why you should possess the networking habit. Lastly, you need to be that kind of person who is curious about everything. Filmmakers also learn to question the knowledge they already have (Grove, 2017). In short, you must continually question the status quo.
All of these steps, tips, and habits are important in making a great film and in becoming a good filmmaker. But let’s highlight the one thing I personally think that can make or break your movie: storytelling. Cinema is all about storytelling and pretty much everything you put into your film, dialogue, props, lighting, a song, or even an edit, communicates something to your audience (Renee, 2016). Now, this is really just a high-level overview of the whole system. You obviously can’t go out and implement all of this stuff tomorrow, and then call it good. I wish it worked like that, but it doesn’t. Instead, you need a way to translate this system into your everyday life. You need a set of small, practical actions which you can start taking immediately. Just remember, it takes small steps equipped with attitude in order to reach that great destination.