February 5, 2017 at 2:49AM

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Making a Short Film-

Hello guys,
I am working on pre-production of my short film. Trying to be as precise and as neat as I can because someone has said, the script has to be strong if you want your film be profound.
I have three characters in this film, the dad, the daughter and the lady.
Before this, I have shot a couple of music videos and 30 seconds of short film but this will be around 5-6 minute film. I am worried about production part, I will be directing and shooting it too.
I am confident about my script and I know if the film comes out the same way as I am thinking this will be a beautiful film.
If you guys can give me some tips and suggestions on how should I proceed and what should I do to justify the script as it is.
Also, I will be crowd funding this film so I really really don't want to screw this film.

Thank you in advance.

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Get around people better than you. work with people who have done much more work than you have. They'll know much more, and be able to give much stronger advise, based on your exact shooting conditions. If you can, hire a DP, so you can focus on the script (what you're confident on) and let someone else mold the images.
In reference to your first quote about having a strong script, strong actors are equally important (if not more) than a strong script. They literally are your script personified. Don't cheap out on finding good actors, who can build on your vision, and make it work.
To justify your script, run it by people who aren't afraid to hurt your feelings. Your parents and friends will always tell you the script is good, even if it's not great.
Also, why are you crowdfunding? Is there something extremely expensive for a location, gear or actor? If you can start out of pocket, you may save yourself some trouble. The worst thing to happen, is that the film flops (happens to the best of us), and you get a bad name in the crowdfunding scene.

February 7, 2017 at 10:49AM, Edited February 7, 10:49AM

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Craig Douglas
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Hi Craig,
I want to shoot this film because I have the the idea on how the film will look and how the visuals will be as I have been working on script from 3-4 years. And also, cinematographer what I really want to become more than the director. I particularly want to direct this film because I want to see how far I can go in every aspects of film making.
I want to crowdfund because I want good actors and good location? There are three characters in there- A dad, the young girl and girl's mother. Crowd funding won't be an option if I can manage all the cost. And after what you said, I think I will completely eliminate crowdfunding.

February 8, 2017 at 12:53AM

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Dilip Suthar
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That's understandable. If you want to film it yourself, that's fair, but if you have a solid idea on what you want visually, a DP will bring the knowledge on how to make that happen, how to shape the light, etc. But past just the camera, having people who know their jobs will let you spend your time focusing on what you need, and less on what they need.
I asked about crowdfunding, to see what your reasoning was, or if there was something specific you were looking to earn from it. If you do follow through without crowdfunding, don't stress about getting everything perfect: Film is fun, and even if it's not what you expected, you'll learn from the experience, especially since the stakes will be lower.

Best of luck.

February 9, 2017 at 12:09AM, Edited February 9, 12:09AM

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Craig Douglas
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Yeah, I think you are right.
Thank you for taking out the time.

February 10, 2017 at 3:31AM

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Dilip Suthar
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Some great insight in here already. I would slow down and take it step by step. If you have a bad script, the cinematography and directing will only do so much. So I'd really hone in on making sure your script is excellent. After that - I'd move onto shooting some test footage to use for your crowd campaign. That way you can start to mess around with the actual feel of your film.

August 1, 2017 at 3:55AM

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Chris Neal
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