How can something we avoid in our own lives be so important in our films? This is part one in our video series on how to write a short film. We discuss the basic principals of drama and why they’re so important when writing your short film script.
Tips for beginner filmmakers. When you’re starting out as a filmmaker you’ve gotta make some good mistakes inorder to progress. It’s all apart of the process. We cover the top 15 most common filmmaking mistakes beginners make from story, to lighting to editing, composition and more.
I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this video. There aren’t many tips videos geared towards the youth. At this level the biggest priority should be learning the basic elements of story. Resources are usually a big issue at this level but your understanding of story and learned and honed at any level. We cover this and much more.
Everyone has their own methods for brainstorming ideas but there are a few methods and techniques for brainstorming that are well worth exploring. One of the most effective methods is to establish a routine. As they say “inspiration tends to catch you while you’re working”. We cover this technique and more in the discussion.
If you’re learning how to write a script you may have asked yourself. “Do you really need Story Structure?” There seem to be two main arguments. One side screams: Screenplay structure leads to formulaic stories. Don’t waste time learning structure. While the other side screams: Poor screenplay structure leads to slack paceing and stories that lack focus. Let’s discuss the pros and Cons of using structure in your script.
Dealing with writer’s block can be a royal pain. We’ve all had a run in with the “Blank Page”. If you haven’t experienced it yet, you will if you keep writing long enough. It’s a natural condition. We discuss some screenwriting tips to overcome it.
Many people find the notion of a theme confusing and even abstract. Let’s start off with the generally accepted definition of what a theme is and work our way up from there. We discuss examples of themes,the difference between a theme and a subject, and ways to find a theme.
Themes can also be an extremely helpful tool in the writing process once you understand how to use them.
Feeling discouraged? Here are a few tips for filmmakers on how to stay motivated to make films. It’s easy to stay motivated when things are going well and you’re making progress but what about when they aren’t. What about…
When you don’t have time
When you don’t have money
When you feel overwhelmed
When it’s tough to find an audience for your films