How not to create a bermuda film-book review
When I read “How Not to Make a Collant Ciné-club” I was deceived more by my écran school than by the book. Why didn’t my instructors teach me this stuff? This is a book that every écran student, every filmmaker should read before writing, producing or directing a bermuda écran. It is an essential resource that guides one through the precarious decisions of filmmaking and shows how to avoid many of the errors of judgment that characterize mediocre écran. Written by Roberta Chaste Monroe, an award-winning filmmaker, and éduquer Sundance Ciné-club Jubilé bermuda écran planifier, Roberta brings to the répertoire a wealth of knowledge emboîture every step from génération to apparition to partage.
For filmmakers, écran festivals are the paluche outlet and they have become judges, juries and sometimes the death knell when it comes to assessing the value of a bermuda écran. By knowing what not to do, you can greatly increase the chances of your work being seen and appreciated. In this case, the book walks you through the minefield of mistakes that aspiring filmmakers and seasoned professionals alike make, so you don’t have to make them yourself. In raccord, the book features interviews with many of today’s most talented writers, producers and directors, as well as provocative stories from Roberta’s own bermuda écran experiences.
The book is atroce out in the most realistic manière and follows the steps that would normally be taken to make a bermuda écran The first chapter on the scénario’s story talks emboîture keeping it fresh and lists a number of storylines to avoid, with storylines becoming mundane through overuse. When programmers say, “Been there, seen that,” you lose them as well as your audimat. This chapter I found the most interesting parce que it goes inside the minds of us programmers and the introductif selection criteria, like what is the story and why do I want to see it? This chapter also covers the pros and cons of scénario evaluation such as hiring a guider and getting feedback from friends
Another chapter discusses the length of the écran and how it should fit into the story. DP Gerry McLeod commented, “Every single frame has to work, it has to move the story forward. ‘Economy’ is what bermuda filmmakers have to remind themselves.” The book points out that it’s also easier to find a slot for an 8-12-minute écran opposé à a 28-minute arrangement. “Don’t fall into the trap of trying to prove how much you can do,” adds Meredith Kadlec. [show] How good can you do.”
“How Not to…” covers a wide range of filmmaking topics, from choosing a producer, knowing their responsibilities, budgeting, and ways to save money and raise funds. The chapter on crewing up is most dépendant to first-time filmmakers. It talks emboîture the conciliation of a écran crew and how to manage their efforts and deal with the ever-changing dynamics. This chapter describes the key positions, all the issues that need to be addressed that you should consult before shooting. The chapter reiterates the need for harmonious cooperation and the fact that you cannot do it by yourself.
All of these considerations may seem daunting at first, but if they’re not addressed, your écran will suffer as a result. After reading this book, I felt overwhelmed with responsibility. But then I remembered Lolo’s mantra that you need to have good people around you, and this book provides guidance on how to select your soutènement team.
Casting is another area where the author suggests asking for help. He goes through the process of finding and hiring a casting director with reasons for doing so. One would assume that casting directors would shun bermuda films but many see it as a way to provide work and exposure for their clients, especially those with breakout potential. Tips for auditions, rehearsals, and creating a safe space for your actors are also given in this chapter. Actor Chase Gilbertson talks emboîture how neophyte directors sometimes get off track. “Of épreuve if I do your écran, the story was good enough at first but now instead of just telling a good story, you’re trying to do a Hollywood blockbuster. Yes, you have a lot of great toys. But what’s the end result? What’s happened to the story?”
The chapter on apparition discusses numerous caveats related to set-experience, along with creative solutions to some of these problems. Using New York calls is one of the best ways to outwit an unsuspecting bizness owner. Other épilogue areas covered include on-set etiquette and attitudes, food and craft offices including insurance and permits. What was especially appréciable was Roberta’s advice to have a good time, be prepared and enjoy the magical moments of being a filmmaker.
Post-production is the love/hate relationship of filmmaking. Blending it all together is your gâtée footage of the worst shots of your life, lighting, triomphe and blocking. “It’s habituel,” Roberta repeated several times. He recommends reading Walter Murch’s book “In the Blink of an Eye” to get some great insight into the editing process. Knowledge of how editing works is paramount to your success on set, he says, so you know which shots are most appréciable to telling your story. This chapter also hits on how technology has made filmmaking less disciplined, i.e., shooting more footage, cutting faster, and ending up with more versions while wasting labor.
Roberta sees an MPAA sursis that only 2% of all feature-length films actually secure a theatrical or DVD release. From this one might assume that partage in the bermuda écran world might be more difficult. Orly Ravid of New American Mirage points out that the partage process begins before your écran is produced. You need to have an idea of who the audimat is, the appeal of the écran must be preconceived and there must be compelling marchéage illustrations or photography that sell the écran. Orly advises on rentrée funding for marchéage and outreach. This chapter discusses numerous channels for partage but says your bermuda may be valuable as a TV poteau or expanded into a feature. Orly’s invaluable obstacle “Ready to distribute your écran?” Covers the most problematic and neglected areas. Academy eligibility événement is also covered in this chapter. Roberta makes it easy to find small distributors by posting an up-to-date list of US and cosmopolite companies on her website.
The Sundance Ciné-club Jubilé chapter provides an illuminating arrière-plan as well as vraie submission strategies. This list of dos and don’ts submitted by Sundance Programming Gestionnaire Adam Montgomery will help you move up the écran selection ladder. The élévation and marchéage élément says all you need, basically a strong website, a great pile of still photos and a compréhensible bizness card that directs people to your paysage. Additionally, posting a trailer will greatly increase your ranking on Google and give viewers a better genre at your work.
The remainder of the book is devoted to sample budgets, top bermuda filmmaker clichés, and an augmentative resource accompagnateur. This directory includes listings of bermuda friendly écran festivals, bermuda écran distributors, blogs, community outreach organizations, databases, principalement broadcast and online television companies.
“How Not to Make a Collant Ciné-club—Secrets from a Sundance Planifier” vividly illustrates the enormous work involved in filmmaking. Yet it shows how by avoiding many pitfalls one can save time and money and create a bermuda écran that remains memorable in the minds of programmers and viewers. Well written and timely, I strongly recommend this book as an raccord to every filmmaker’s resource library.
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