I WANT TO MAKE MOVIES!

3 years ago

Folks, for a while now, I’ve been writing all these stories, jotting ideas down.
Funny stuff. Serious stuff. Non-fiction stuff, and even stories of ‘skizofrenic-paranoid-in-the-closet-drug addicts’…
What Im saying is, I want to make movies. But I dont even know where to start.

February 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

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Profile photo of Josh Josh (@yoshknows) 3 years ago ago

Develop characters- they can be based primarily and easily of folks you’ve already encountered depending on your experience.

Write some non-secular scenes- Get these characters talking and mingling together in a scene, and have them talk about a current event. This exercise may not give you lasting scenes to develop into the final screenplay, but will give you an idea how these characters will breathe.

Research, but don’t be afraid to make things up, Stephen King often made up names of towns, but always was quick with the pop culture reference, and this draws the viewer in, and allows them to relate all their knowledge and love for music, art, movies, or situations and helps them relate. Talk about a twinkie, talk about Gordon Lightfoot, talk about Steve Mcqueen, or Milli Vanilli, the context and opinions regarding them are all your characters’ traits, but just the sheer mention draws me in for sure. When I’m looking ot be entertained, I like a balance of common or popular knowledege and lesson or story-based notion.

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Profile photo of Stony Island Stony Island (@emjay) 3 years ago ago

@Josh
Great tips. But Im not having problems with the writing part.
But I see what you’re saying.. Actually complete a scene and develop it.

Ok, then where do we go from there? just pitch it to networks? Get an agent? Copyright the material first?? IDK man… I want to make it happen. Just dont know where to begin.

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Profile photo of Dom Dom (@dominickjohn) 3 years ago ago

@Tony

Making movies has been my thing for a long time, and I can tell you the whole process can be pretty damn overwhelming, especially starting out. But the payoff is beyond amazing.

When you say making movies, do you want to write them? direct them? film them? act in them? edit them? all the above?

I’d normally suggest HE isn’t the best place to go for this advice… but here I am lol.

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Profile photo of Stony Island Stony Island (@emjay) 3 years ago ago

@Dom
I initially wanted to act, but the writing part has been a part of me for a while. Since I was about 16.
Im more into the writing I guess, but would love to act.
Anyway, my goal isnt to be rich and famous… I just want to put some quality independent material out there.
Where IS the best place to talk about all this then?

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Profile photo of SpiralOut SpiralOut (@spiralout1) 3 years ago ago

Write a feature length that’s doable with the resources surrounding you. By resources I mean friends as extras, locations that would be free, but make sure its at least visually appealing, etc. For the main characters, don’t skimp out on the actors. You’l have to have a casting session. Depending where you live, the closer to the city the better, you’ll find semi-professional actors. These guys will do it for free as long as they get fed everyday. Why? Because their looking to team up with a talented director that will make them both big and to gain overall experience. Deniro and Scorsesse met in film school. All these guys meet young and make it to fame with a strong actor/director relationship. You gotta find that gem, and remember a bad actor is not a result of bad acting, it’s a result of bad directing. Hold a casting call for the main actors, see which actors you could have a strong relationship with, and have casting with multiple actors, that way you can see their “on screen relationship” with one another.

Make sure you can atleast put $10,000 into it . This would be used to:

Pay the Make Up artist
Buy the Main actor’s lunch
Locations that you arent getting for free
Props that you arent getting for free
Set dec that you arent getting for free
Wardrobe that you arent getting for free.

RENTING EQUIPMENT

If you are independently writing/directing this, your going to have to put in so much more work then writing and directing. You’ll take on the role of the producer, often 1st AD, and if your really shit out of luck with resources and people, then DOP and Art. This is your baby, and people are helping you, but if your going cheap about it, which you have no choice in the matter, then they’re only going to help so much. Right now, write the script get the writing out of the way, once this is done send me an email and we’ll get through pre production! Directing and writing are they’re own separate breeds. Worry about getting the final draft of that script complete

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Profile photo of SpiralOut SpiralOut (@spiralout1) 3 years ago ago

When you direct it’s so much more then people think. SO much more! And it all comes down to the relationship you form with the actor in pre production through read throughs, rehearsals, and just sitting down and drinking coffee. BUY THEM COFFEE. Make them you’re best fucking friend. Let them have input, take input, take criticism but at the same time, keep your original idea in the back of your head. An actor tens to want to have a lot more creative control then they should have. Writing is completley introverted, directing is completley extroverted, it’s all about communication, while writing is about locking yourself in a room isolated from everyone. So section it off, get that script complete

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Profile photo of SpiralOut SpiralOut (@spiralout1) 3 years ago ago

Oh ya, and everything I just said goes for a short film too haha

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Profile photo of SpiralOut SpiralOut (@spiralout1) 3 years ago ago

or web series, those are fun too. And gaining in popularity

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Profile photo of Stony Island Stony Island (@emjay) 3 years ago ago

@SpiralOut
Dude, you’re going waaaayyy into development.
Man, currently, I just have ‘writings’ as I like to call them. Short stories and shit, and some that can be developed into a film…

But that’s the problem.. I know no one who wants to get into this.. Man, connecting with people is probably what my first step should be.

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