Focusing the Story

Much like telling stories through written words, the art of telling stories through film has a very flexible range. Although the direction of the project in question can shape the complexity, there is a generally accepted scale of intricacy associated with the length of the project. With short videos, we typically tackle clean scripts with straightforward stories. With feature-length films, we can branch off into … Continue reading Focusing the Story

Preparation Time

Ideally we look to approach film projects gradually, and with enough time beforehand to plan a large majority of the details involved. Note that I didn’t say all of the details involved. And it’s right there that this process gets a little tricky: what is the right amount of planning? The Stages of Planning Like so many of the other posts that I’ve written, I … Continue reading Preparation Time

Directing Micro-Budget Films

Making videos is expensive. Making feature-length films is astronomically more expensive. When we typically think of a ‘low-budget’ film, costs range somewhere around the lower millions. Even with the classification of ‘micro-budget’, that figure still graces the ten-to-hundred-thousands. By comparison to Hollywood blockbusters these are certainly much cheaper classifications, but to the average perspective filmmaker they are still very major investments. In the sense of … Continue reading Directing Micro-Budget Films

Script Crafting

Improvisation doesn’t lead to good videos. Filmmaking is a craft that requires far too much forethought for the entire process to be made up on the spot during filming day. Certainly, there are many good moments in both films and short videos where the actors’ dialogue is improvised to impressive effect, but even these unplanned moments have to occur within a set structure. That’s just … Continue reading Script Crafting