Some of the tools and info you need (to go along with a great script, a talented cast, and a four or five workaholics crew members who know what they're doing…
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When you come right down to it, films are really just a series of different shots edited together. Most people who have been directing for a while have a shorthand way of describing what they want. For example, you will typically hear a director say "We'll start Wide then move into an OTS
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Top 25 Documentaries About Filmmaking I assume I'm like many of you. Obsessed with finding behind-the-scenes documentaries about my favorite movies. For years, filmmaking documentaries have allowed filmmakers to get a fly on the wall insight into how some of their favorite films came together.
Vifill Prunner on Shooting a Feature Solo that Opened Doors for His Second Film
Icelandic Indie Filmmaker Vifill Prunner shot his first feature film alone, for a few hundred dollars and decided not only to share his experience and lessons learned (good or bad) below, but also to release the full film online (you can watch it at the end of the post).
Your film is like your children. You might want a child with certain qualities, but you are never going to get the exact specification right. The film has a privilege to live its own life and develop its own character. To suppress this is dangerous. It is an approach that works the other way too: sometimes the footage has amazing qualities that you did not expect. - Werner Herzog