Yes, you and everyone else on the planet it seems wants to make a movie. But in actuality, not too many people can complete this extremely difficult task. You see, what they don’t realize is that it takes five things, creativity, entrepreneurship, teamwork, pre-planning, and the big F word – FUNDS. Most film creators miss one of these five very important things. This leaves them with an unfinished film, an unpaid crew, an empty theater, or worse, a really bad film. So how do you avoid all this? We’ll teach you right here on our new blog.
How do you know when you’re ready to make a film? Well, the first question would be, have you made anything before? If the answer is no, I would start by making a short film. Make sure you start with a small budget. Filmmaking is not a cheap hobby by any means. It always takes a little bit of funding to be a creator. I know this is tough, especially if money is tight. I would suggest working an extra job in order to fund your creative video projects. Learning to work within a budget is crucial. It will teach you a couple of things such as, how to be a producer and how quickly money is spent on production, aka budgeting.
Creativity plays a major part in creating your film. However, you need to know your budget before you can start getting creative with the production. For instance, if you can’t afford a fancy location, but the creek down the street is free to use, you can tailor your story to fit the location. You want to list your resources first, then produce around that.
Once you have an idea of the kind of film you are able to make, do both film and market research. Has this been done before? Is your title unique? Are people interested in your theme? This is an important step in the filmmaking process because if your concept isn’t strong and people are not interested in the story, you will need to go back to the drawing board.
Preplanning for your film will save you a lot of stress, time, and money. Even the most prolific filmmakers plan months ahead of time and still things go wrong resulting in some creative improv. For instance, what if it rains and you’re supposed to shoot exteriors? Or what if your lead actress gets the coronavirus? Always have a back-up plan (Plan B, C, D etc.). You don’t want to be stuck with a fully paid crew and all of a sudden a tsunami hits and now you have nothing to shoot. The more you plan ahead, the better off you will be when you start the production.
Teamwork is crucial to making a successful film. Just do me a favor and look at the credits of some of your favorite films. They say creating a feature film is like running a small company. That’s how many people and how many roles it takes to make a great film. Yes, you can start with a skeleton crew, but you’ll need to know which roles are most important. For instance, if it’s a period piece, you might want to make sure you have a great costume designer, otherwise you could end up loosing your audience because they’re not buying into your concept. If you can’t afford a good costume designer, re-write. Make it a modern piece. Ask the actors to bring their own clothes. What I am trying to say is, work within your budget and resources.
At FOXFORCE we help creatives achieve their goals with filmmaking. We offer free mini classes in our FOXFORCE filmmaking group on Facebook. If you follow along with our new blog series, we are going to be taking you step-by-step so you can see first hand, our entire process of developing our first feature film. Please become a member HERE, so you can get updates when we release our blogs. At FOXFORCE we also focus on hiring and training more female filmmakers to get involved in the industry. So wherever you are from, especially If you are a female filmmaker, please join us, learn with us, and we’ll see you in the movies!