Cactuses Movie is an award winning student film that inspired me to learn more about filmmaking. I enrolled in a local film school and went on to develop my first film a few years later. Since then, I’ve been working in the Indie film industry as a producer, director, and even once as an actor. I created this blog to share my passion for amateur film making and to hopefully inspire others to get involved in this amazing industry. Making movies is something that many people dream of doing, but very few ever follow through on that fantasy. If you’ve always wondered if it was possible, I want you to know that it absolutely can happen. So come along with me for this exciting journey as we talk about films that inspire us and learn more about how to become a successful film making professional.
If you are interested in amateur film making but you have no idea where to start, you have come to the right place. Whether you are into film making as a hobby or you are looking to create a career for yourself you can always benefit from others tips and ideas.
To get started in your film making endeavor you should begin by deciding what you want your film to be about. I would suggest you choose a topic that you are interested in so that you are more able to make the film interesting to others. If you are not very interesting in your topic, it is likely no one else will be either.
It is important to not go into debt any more than you have to when starting your film making career or hobby. If you already have a good camera, use it instead of making a big purchase at the beginning.
You may need to purchase some new software for your computer to make things come together nicely. A good computer editing software can help you cut a lot of time off of your film making process.
The most important thing to remember is that you have fun while you are filming. Once you start not having a good time then your work will suffer. Make your film fun and interesting and others will enjoy what you have created. If you need a change of scenery then by all means shoot your film in more than one location to keep it interesting.
You may be unaware that you can actually start making films while in film school. You will be making what is known as student films. Film school is a great place to start dabbling in the actual film making process because you will be able to learn things to do differently once you get out in the real world of filmmaking.
Student films are just as important if not more important than actual film making because these films allow you to create a foundation from which you can build on in the future. Most student films are pretty short in length so you don’t need to worry or get upset about the process. If you relax, be yourself and use what you have learned so far in school you should be fine. Be sure not to skip through pre-production when making your student film. You need to make sure that you have all your bases covered before you begin making the film. If you are sure to get all the pre-production work done first you won’t leave any important material out and have to go back and re-create the film from the beginning. Basically if you take time to “do it right the first time” you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration.
After you have created a student film you may want to enter it into a film festival to see what others think about it. This is a fun way to get early feedback into your craft and can sometimes be a catalyst to getting your name out there.
One of the hardest things you are likely to encounter during your early days of film making is figuring out what to make your film about. You may have all sorts of ideas running through your head for your next film, but if you don’t you have come to the right place. In this blog post I am going to give you a few ideas for making your next film venture easier to decide upon.
A great idea before you decide what type of film you want to make is to check around to see what films are currently out. You don’t want your low budget beginner film to be seen as less than great so choose a topic that is not currently being done.
You may want to make a film about the day in the life of someone you know and love. You may think this kind of film is boring but actually the opposite is true most of the time. People love to learn about other people’s lives. It may be because they are nosey or it could be that we all like to feel like we fit in somewhere and many times a film like this is easy to relate to.
Filming about romance can be fun for everyone involved. Everyone loves a good romance and since that is true, you are sure to capture a large audience if you make your film about love and romance. If you have to embellish it a little, do so. Sometimes truth is not as fun as fiction!
During your time making student films you will likely not have the best equipment, however there are ways to make the best of what you have. Be sure not to go above and beyond your means while making your student film because you will have plenty of opportunities to do that in the future with your film making career.
Another tip for making a great student film is to know your team. You need to make sure that you communicate what exactly it is that you want to portray to your audience, to your team. Make sure that you take the time to get to know everyone and tell them what it is that you expect from them so that you do not end up wasting valuable time to make a “so-so” film.
It is also important that you realize that this is just a student film and therefore it will not be as good as a professional film so don’t set yourself up for negative feelings about it. You should do your best and accept whatever the outcome is so that you can learn and grow for future films. My philosophy is, if you try your best then that is good enough.
All student films have deadline, after all, you are a student. Be sure to hand your work in on time. Don’t be such perfectionists that you end up missing your film making deadline. Do whatever it takes to finish your film even if you have to spend way too many hours doing so.
There is no sense going into a lot of debt when you are just starting out in the film making business. We all know it takes money to make money but I would suggest that you make a little bit of money before you go broke trying to get started. In this blog post we will look at a few ways to save some money in the film making business.
One big way to save yourself some money is by using a camera you already have. There really isn’t a need to go out and purchase a Hollywood worthy camera when your own digital camera will work just fine for your film making needs. You really don’t even have to own a camera of your own because you can just borrow one of your friends or relatives cameras to get started.
Another good way to save yourself some money at the beginning of your film making career is to get actors involved in your film that do not require payment. You can do this by going to your local community theatre and recruiting a few people. These type of people love acting and don’t necessarily expect to be paid for it. As you get more involved with the film making process you can then start to hire professional actors and actresses.
Another great idea to save you some money on your low budget film is to shoot in areas that are ordinary and open to the public such as public beaches or parks.