Do you regularly watch movies and think, "I could do that?" Have you dreamed of committing your ideas to film for all time? Do you often think you have what it takes to be the next Spielberg?
Luckily for you, it's easier than ever before to get creative and make your ideas a reality, even if you don't have a massive budget behind you. Just follow this guide and you might find the process easier than you think.
If you have decent writing ability, you can probably manage the whole thing yourself. Film scripts normally follow a certain style, but it's easy to find templates and examples online if you search. The most important thing is creating a script that you, your crew and the actors can easily follow.
You might not have much confidence in your writing ability, in which case you can write an outline of the plot and get somewhere to turn it into a screenplay for you. If you have some money, you can hire a writer through the internet. Otherwise, local writers groups or universities might be happy to do it for free.
Chances are, you have one or two friends who are budding actors and might make great cast members. But many towns and cities have amateur drama groups full of enthusiastic people, some of them with a lot of talent. Schools and universities are also a great place to find actors as well as writers.
Commercial films have hundreds of people working on them, but you don't necessarily need many. In addition to a director, you'll need an operator for each camera, and it's useful to have a technician on hand who knows how all the equipment works. Think about whether you'll need someone to do hair and make-up or if actors can do their own.
Many of these tasks can be done by friends or family, and you can scout your own locations.
This is where it can get expensive, but hiring cameras and lighting really cuts down costs and enables you to access better quality items than you could otherwise afford. Make sure you rent them for long enough to cover the filming period. Lighting might not be necessary if you're filming in daytime, but it can still be helpful to have precise control.
Editing software is readily available, sometimes even for free. Nowadays, cutting scenes, piecing your film together and adding titles and effects is much easier than ever. Numerous tutorials are available online to help you.
When your film is finished, you can host your own premiere and invite everyone you know to watch. You can get DVDs made relatively cheaply, and even put it on YouTube to reach a wider audience.
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