Blunders to avoid in “Filmmaking”

No one is ever truly in charge of making a ‘great’ film. Studios burn through millions on ventures and now and then neglect to make them ‘great.’ They don’t do this intentionally, they attempt their best yet they fall flat. So what are the things that we can avoid? What are the things that make a film terrible?

First of all, the pressure of making a film “good” screws up with the mind, and one starts comparing his work with others and what people will think. Rather, one should focus on how to not make a “bad” film. Focus on his or her film and, most importantly the story.

Storytelling is everything

Blunders to avoid in "Filmmaking"

What makes a difference to a crowd of people in the narrative of the film? The rest of the procedure anyway extravagant simply doesn’t make any difference. The crowd is contributing its time and energy to your film, and you have to respect that. And, if you write a great story, all your filmmaking imperfections will be undetectable. Put your greatest time in writing a story, a captivating one. Continuously approve your content by describing it to as many individuals as you can. It will give you the prompts which are the best and most fragile segment of your screenplay. Half-cooked content will consistently kill your motion pictures.

Most beginners, hurry through their contents as they are too eager to even think about jumping on the field with the camera and begin rolling. What you wind up observing is style, a few performances and muffles, entertainers waiting in the frames, and few negligible assortments of movie clips. There is no story however some extraordinary montage. That may get some praises and accolades from friends and colleagues yet not from the targeted crowd. It can ruin you everlastingly, and you will never make sense of why your movies come up short.

Uninspired Protagonist

The film’s script loses grip if the protagonist does not have a certain purpose and inspiration to take the story forward. Even if it’s a short act, the main character’s desires should be written with the utmost importance.

Along these lines, characterize a reasonable objective for the characters and attempt to discuss it with the crowd at the earliest. It will draw the audience into the story fast. Objectives help in making extraordinary conflicts which makes a dramatization significantly more watchable.

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Blah Opening Scenes

A car speeds up across a beautiful highway in the first twenty seconds of the film and then it stops and a man comes out of the car to enter the house. Or, a room is shown with a kid playing with his sibling. These two scenes above sound plain without any purpose and hence, the audience isn’t immediately hooked to find out more.

On the other hand, when the man stops the car to enter his home and finds a woman hanged inside. Secondly, the kid playing with his sibling giggles, and immediately the two hear a growl off the screen and they peep towards the audience. Try not to begin with dull openings. Make a snare that catches the eye from the absolute first scene.

Words louder than actions/? Hell NO!

Reel or real, one of the mantras is – Never characterize the character by words however by actions. It resonates with the emotion of the audience, and compassion takes them closer to the character and the story.

You should possibly fall back on spoken dialogues when you locate no other method to take the story forward. Show more talk less.

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Poor Casting

Movies might be a pretend thing, yet the characters need to recount the story honestly. If they don’t match their characters, the scene loses its authenticity. If the cast doesn’t play or look the part, the creation might appear fake.

Poor composition

A layman can’t characterize a superb composition of the shot, however, he can detect the distinction between the great and the awful. The aesthetics are subjective, but there are few guidelines in cinematography when broken create a distraction from the story.

Follow the rules of the third to frame any scenes. Add depth, symmetry, and balance to the blocking. These will further beautify a film professionally. Kill the dead spaces and add props and play of lights and shadows to enhance visuals.

Expressionless Backgrounds

Ambiance plays a significant role to support the story and characters. If a background is blank, the frame will add no value to the story. Blank walls can be filled with texture paints, pictures, props that can add depth to the frame with context to the character’s lifestyle. Designing a set is one of the crucial aspects of filmmaking, which can make or break the story.

Shaky handheld footage

Handheld shots can fill a specific need. It’s imperative to know, however, that not every single handheld shot are made equivalent. There’s an almost negligible difference between the look you need to make, and looking messy or awkward when shooting without a tripod. Having access to some stabilizing equipment can surely help including, a shoulder rig or a camera cage. The shoestring alternative will be to attach the camera to the tripod and holding the tripod off the floor. Keeping one hand on the camera and one on the tripod to stabilize it more.

Editing Jerks

Altering jerks happen when you slice shot to another shot in the equivalent or close to comparative amplification. It subconsciously disrupts the rhythm of the story. This can be avoided if things are planned in the pre-production stage like planning the lenses for magnification of master scenes.

Bad Sound

Blunders to avoid in "Filmmaking"
Blunders to avoid in "Filmmaking"

Awful sound can ruin splendid films even after having great acting, taut screenplay, fantastic visuals, and an engaging pace.  In any case, if the sound is loaded with condition commotion or poor sound, you are dead. Your film is simply not watchable.

In case low on budget, the main cash should be invested for a shotgun or boom microphones and the sound recorders. Always have a professional sound framework for motion pictures. They represent the moment of truth in your film. Great sound makes a film look professional. Prefer shooting on quiet areas and if the noise is unavoidable, keep your alternative of ADR open.

Priyanka Sarkar
Priyanka Sarkar
Priyanka Sarkar is an independent filmmaker based out of New Delhi, India with a distinctive style under the label, “Laidback Productions” with a vision to push experimental and art-house films with uniqueness and making a space in the global cinema. An award-winning filmmaker in the 2019 Debrecen Fashion Festival, her films have selections in global film festivals including Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival, Lift-Off Sessions London, Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival to name a few.

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