In this day and age, making your own film seems to be something that has become a hobby or even an occupation. It’s not uncommon to find a person whose passion lies in the very field of filmmaking and production, and at the same time, it’s also not uncommon to find a person whose main source for moneymaking is his or her capacity to make great films. At one point or another, you might have already read a tech blog on how to make your own short film, and maybe your own interest was sparked. So the question now is this: how do you become a filmmaker?
An idea is very important for creating a good film. You see, if you’re going to trace out or plot out the genealogy or beginnings of a film, it usually begins with only one idea. And no, it’s not the sort of idea that you need to complicate immediately. It takes a lot of patience and persistence to turn any idea into a full-blown film.
One way is a principle that tells you to begin with ‘one’, where the key is to focus on one central word, phrase, or sentence. A word like ‘tree’ can eventually grow into an entire complex network of related ideas. The question of course is whether or not it will become a good short film. While there is no clear assurance of that, it’s still excellent if you already have a potential flow of ideas.
A second way you can try is the word exercise. The key to this word exercise is to think up about five to six words, based on their order of appearance in your mind. Be as random and as free as you can be, and don’t force the words into your head. Once you have a group of words, figure out how you can weave them all into one good story. For example, if you’re thinking of website visitors, ice cream, pencils, perfume, and Albany, what story can you possible come up with? (Okay, you can probably conjure up better words than that, but you get the point, don’t you?)
Another way you can try out is to begin by thinking of some very strange but interesting ideas. Don’t worry about getting lost in thought; the idea is to get some striking story idea from one that will most likely be regarded as absurd. Things like what if your whole life was merely a television show, and everyone else you know was in on it? Such stories hold a lot of appeal for the human mind, and so would also make for a very good film idea, too.
Of course, it all depends on you and your style and method. Being in the industry long enough, you’ll eventually find your way around things and learn how to create a story out of even the most unexpected sources.
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