Filmmaking for Beginners: A Comprehensive Guide to Movie Making
As you can imagine, there is more to filmmaking than meets the eye. From the budget to the lighting, the casting to editing, there are many aspects of the filmmaking process to consider. One stumble is all it takes to upset the process and film production is an industry that’s chock full of challenges.
When making a film, the goal is to find a good script, set up a crew and get actors for the movie. Once these are done, you have to get funding to make the film. As the shooting begins, the main goal changes. The goal now is to shoot the movie on time and within the budget so it can reach the editing stages.
While it is impossible to know what makes an exceptional film until you’ve gone through the process yourself, it pays to know what to expect before diving into filmmaking to minimize mistakes and avoid delays. Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker shooting his/her first film or just plain curious about the movie-making process, here’s a guide on filmmaking:
The 3 Stages of Filmmaking
Pre-Production: Story Development and Planning
If there is one thing that all movies have in common, it’s the fact that all films started from an idea. A good story is the foundation of the film and without it, you cannot convince financiers to fund your film much more convince moviegoers into seeing the final product. Simply put, the story you want to tell is the most important aspect of filmmaking.
So think of a good idea to build a good story. As you build the story, think of how to tell all the important elements of the film: the plot, the characters, the conflict, and so on. You can brainstorm with your partners, conduct research online or offline, and take notes. Always bring a pen and notebook with you so you can write down cool ideas as soon as they pop into your head.
During this stage, the idea is pitched to people involved in the film, including the producers, studios, and financiers. The idea is then fleshed out, the script is written so the story, setting, and dialogue take a linear form. The script serves as a guide so the rest of the people involved in making the movie know what’s going to happen durign filming. You can also use the script as a reference for dialogues, lines, etc.