How to Make a Film

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So what are the steps to follow for first time film maker? How does one go about making his/her own film and turning it into a movie? According to, these are the steps to follow:

•    Observe. Keep an eye to your surroundings. Listen to how people talk. Note down these observations for later use.
•    Simplicity is the key. For your first film making venture, keep the idea simple. It could be a simple love story or a funny anecdote.
•    Use stills camera. Ask yourself questions such as “What do I love?” then take pictures of it.
•    Make a scrapbook. Compile your photos and ideas into a scrapbook for reference purposes.
•    Write down locations, characters and events that you want to use for your film
•    Assemble then reassemble these notes until you come up with a wonderful idea
•    Focus on the story – beginning, middle and end part. According to Lucas, one of the themes in all of his films is man’s relationship to machines and technology – either controlling them, or being controlled by them.
•    Decide the form of the film. Will you use it for internet? MTV? Drama? Animation?
•    Decide on the style of the film. Will it be a documentary? Video Diary? Film Noir?
•    Research by watching other films similar to yours. Then learn from their mistakes. Steven Spielberg once said in an interview that “before I go off and direct a movie I always look at 4 films. They tend to be: The Seven Samurai, Lawrence of Arabia, It’s A Wonderful Life, and The Searchers.”
•    Commit to your ideas. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.


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