Own business: how to make a movie
How to make a movie? And most importantly – why? The answer to this question from most novice directors sounds like “Inspiration”. A lot of those who just want to earn their living by this. Successful filmmakers are not poor people whom the whole world knows about. However, the path to fame and success is thorny and long, and there are many features in this business, so to speak. However, real talent is almost never left unheard (otherwise it’s not talent at all or its owner is too lazy), so anyone has a chance to come to making good films with a considerable budget. The main thing is to start.
If you take all the well-known films to one degree or another, then you will notice that the starting budget is in a very wide range. There are examples of relatively successful films that were shot with a budget of $ 100 or even less. The process of shooting your movie always involves a creative approach, although, of course, a certain percentage of film production is created solely by the calculations of marketers. A newcomer can enter serious projects only if he can declare himself something original, good or just an interesting film, something unusual, which will force critics to pay attention to the picture. But this is only if there are no links, but people who are close to eminent directors are hardly interested in information on how to make a film on the Internet.
The first thing you need to understand who exactly wants to become an aspiring filmmaker. If he wants to make a non-standard movie (such as indie), then he does not need to receive an appropriate education, there are quite a few directors who have come to the cinema without any hints and training. They had an idea, and they were able to bring it to life. However, today too serious demands are being made to indie projects, and it cannot be said that simply removing something filled with deep meaning, using a bad camera and two actors, to force viewers to look for the director’s promise among the images. Although there are people who, without education, filmed a simple feature film. However, all these self-taught people had an extraordinary talent, and it is better for a beginner to get training “for himself”. It is not necessary to enroll in serious educational institutions, the cost of education in which amounts to tens of thousands of dollars a year; you can find some simpler courses or higher education institutions that can simply teach the basics and give an idea of many things. For example, how to use the sophisticated technology used in the filming of films, because professional equipment is much more difficult to master than a simple video camera. You also need to have an idea about the techniques, how best to adjust the lighting, how to edit the film and much more.
A beginner can intuitively understand what he needs to do, but he does not possess system knowledge, uses complex ways to achieve a simple goal. Training will allow you to streamline all your knowledge and approach the process consciously. At a minimum, this will reduce the time taken to produce a movie, because many problems will be solved initially and will not be corrected during the shooting process. The cost of training can be very different, starting from several thousand rubles for any three-month courses and reaching, as already noted, tens of thousands of dollars, if you study at VGIK or similar institutions. By the time it can also be a completely different process – from several days to 5 or even more years.
When the training is completed, when there is an awareness that you want to make your film, and the person is morally ready for this, you can start looking for a team and sources of funding. Let’s start with the last one. Now many beginning filmmakers are beginning to look for money with the help of crowd funding, and it must be said that projects (sites) are being developed in Russia today, where you can raise the first funds for your film. But this is in any case appeal to third-party people who need to be interested in their potential work, otherwise no one will donate money to it. And among those who are interested in the film there is hardly a very large percentage of those who can still donate tangible amounts. However, in connection with the development of national finance systems, it can be said that today it is much easier to find funds for your project than if it were several years ago. But it’s not worth counting on getting money as soon as possible, crowd funding can be a source of additional funding, but the necessary amount will not come immediately. It can be considered as a reserve fund, which will have to be used in any case, because later, when the picture sees the light, it will need to be promoted through marketing.