Introduction to Filmmaking for Beginners

This is the basics of filmmaking when  making a film is tempting to rush into  shooting without a script without  organizing anything so when it’s time to  start filming everything’s a bit of a  mess and time is wasted picking up the  pieces if we had spent some time  carefully planning every aspect of the  film especially the creative side then  when it comes to production everything  happens a lot more smoothly and quickly  although something’s still bound to go  wrong and that’s what makes it  interesting.

So let’s go back to the beginning when  you come out with a concept it’s  tempting to try and include all of your  ideas for cool scenes shots and themes  but if you include every idea you have  it’s likely there won’t be anything that  makes much sense in the end  things are more clear when you pick one  or two major ideas and let those  influence the kind of shots you use the  way you get your act is to perform and  every other creative decision in this case it’s a film where everyone is trying to con each other no one can be trusted so we’re going to pick and choose the filmmaking techniques based on the mood that we want to build what kind of characters would be part of this film.

Where would they live how are they going to change as the film goes on we’re looking for things that help communicate the major themes that the  film tackles and we can save the rest of  ideas for other projects how you present  these ideas is up to you whether you go  for something grounded in reality and  conventional or if you mix things up and  go something more abstract by the way  you probably won’t shoot the film in the  order is going to be watched for  logistical reasons so when we move into editing we’re reconstructing our ideas  from a big pool of footage this usually  takes longer than filming and it’s all  about the order in the length of the  shots when do we reveal that important  piece of information to the audience how long do we let the audience stay with the character.

Before jumping into the  next scene for every scene we have to  decide whether to use lots of short fast  shots or slow things down and use longer  shots without cutting just like in every  stage of filmmaking we don’t have to  follow our original plans if we’ve had  some new ideas so a good editor can  rearrange the shots to completely change  the way an audience experiences the film  we might change the order of the scenes  but  while it might have seemed fine in the  script that plot twist that happens in  the second half of the film was actually  more predictable than we thought it  would be and while it could be adding  new things that weren’t originally  planned in the script.

The editor usually  spends most of their time taking things  away in order to change the mood and let  the audience fill in the blanks but of  course the people watching a film won’t  notice the editing or the camerawork or  which equipment you used for them it’s  all about their characters how the story  made them feel on the surface it might  seem to be a film about love but we can  add layers of meaning through subtle  performance metaphors and symbolism  someone who looks at it in a different  way might see that actually tackles  other themes and finally no matter how  good your film is it’s not going to get  out into the world without some form of  marketing and distribution whether this  is taking around to lots of film  festivals or just spending some time  working on the thumbnail for YouTube so  that has the best chance of being  watched  your film will not distribute itself and  then it’s a case of clearing the slate  now armed with more experience from  working on the last project and ready to  see what you can do with the next one.