Making Independent Films

making independent film

The film industry is very lucrative for those who can maneuver their ways around the right places and right people. In fact, everybody talks about the cinema, even more so the mainstream Hollywood cinema. They do have an idea of how the Hollywood produced movies are appreciated as well as distributed. Over the years, independent films have struggled to be accepted by the average moviegoer. This effort has begun to pay off because independent films have been able to make gradual strides in enticing film fans and capturing their imaginations with artistic productions. There is still a lot to be done all the same if the independent film makers want to have their presence felt more strongly in the film industry.

When one decides to have a career in making independent films, they need to plan properly. One of the problems first timers in the film industry face is planning and providing the right resources for the shoot which is the most important part of filming. In case one has written a script or had it written for them, the next process is to choose a particular day to do the shooting. All this is done with a budget that has to allow you make a film without necessarily creating a huge dent in your pocket. One thing should know is that money will be needed in good quantity.

The film equipment to be used during the movie shoot can either be bought or rented. To be safe, buy your own. Renting may sound easy, but the cost of renting usually exceeds that of purchasing in the long run. If you offer to have your very own, you will realize there is a bewildering array of equipment for both amateurs and professionals in the market. This also poses a problem as you may be stressed up just trying to choose film equipment. It gets even worse if the one that you end up with is the wrong type as this spells disaster for the work you intend to do. Some of the items you need for the visuals include: a middle-range DSLR camera that can shoot 1080p and 6400 ISO, proper digital storage, prime lens or lenses that see more or less what a human eye can see, a tripod or monopod that is essentially for steadying the shots, and finally a DYI lighting kit.

For audio, there is need for: a directional microphone or shotgun mic to get the sound captured right, additional microphone equipment like LXR cables and adaptors. Finally, a dolly is necessary for smooth shot ends. After having all your equipment, you need to organize your crew. The first person is the movie director/ cameraman/ DOP- these tasks can be combined to have less crew for your film, a producer to organize the film, sound/lighting/general handyman to provide vital support; acting as a runner, back-up cameraman, boom mic operator, gaffer, script supervisor and any other job that can be needed, lastly, there are actors who can be up to five if you intend to keep the number of your crew manageable especially if this is your first time at filming.

Making an independent film requires a good deal of tenacity and motivation. While it can be done with limited resources, your drive and dedication must be constantly solid. If you keep at it, a whole world could open up just for you.

 

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