Day 347: Five simple rules for film-making from someone who is self-taught

Day 347: Five simple rules for film-making from someone who is self-taught

Day 347: Five simple rules for film-making from someone who is self-taught

Monday, December 12, 2016

  1. Write a script, or something close to one. We can’t all hope to be this generation’s Wong Kar-Wai and just make it up as we go. The rest of us mortals need to know where things are headed, what needs to appear or be said in front of the camera, and how it should be edited.
  2. Give directions to your talent and your crew on how you want the final product to look and sound. If you don’t, you’re going to spend a very long day learning that people can’t read minds.
  3. While filming, don’t talk over the talent. They don’t need your encouragement while they’re delivering their lines. No really, stop that shit. You want clean audio.
  4. A smooth editing process relies on (1), (2) and (3) being done. If not, then don’t get mad when you’re told you need to reshoot.
  5. Zero budget doesn’t mean zero discipline. It’s kind of like women’s make-up and the natural “no make-up” look. Despite appearances, it actually takes a lot of work to achieve.

About today’s picture: My face when these rules are broken.

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