5 Handy Filmmaking Tips

Posted on August 16, 2013

So you are all set to direct your film. You have your actors ready and are putting the finishing touches to your film. Now all that is left is to set the camera rolling and start shooting. But before you say lights, camera, action, take some time off to read the following five handy film making tips:

1. Select the location

Think about the ideal location for your film. Does your story suit an urban or rural setting? Do you wish to shoot indoors, outdoors or use a combination of both? Also think about the time of the year when you will be shooting. Will it be during the winter, spring or summer? Asking yourself such questions in advance can help you choose the right location. Also take into account the price of the place you would be hiring and the consequences of any damage that you might cause during filming.

2. Develop the storyboard

Storyboarding refers to the process of drawing out each and every scene that you plan to shoot. By adding little pictures of each and every shot into the storyboard, you can easily communicate your thoughts with your cinematographer. By also including the camera angles and positions into the storyboard, you can be sure of how you are going to shoot a particular scene. Working with a storyboard is a lot easier for everyone, as it’s much simpler to look at the little pictures than to verbally explain the function of each shot.

If you need help with creating a storyboard or are just running out of time, you can always outsource storyboard services to India. All you need to do is send in the final version of your script and creative artists in India will create an impressive digital storyboard within the shortest possible time. Storyboard outsourcing is a film service that can help you save on time, effort and cost.

3. Compose the music

Think about the soundtrack that you would be using. Which music would bring out the theme of your film? Would it be classical, modern or fusion music? Would your film require jingles, mnemonics or audio logos? If you want to save on time, cut back on cost or don’t have access to music artists, you can always consider the option of outsourcing music composition to India. Film service providers in India can provide you with expert music composition services, composed by Indian music maestros at an affordable cost.

4. Map out a shooting schedule

The number of pages in your script can give you a fair idea about the number of days required for shooting and pickups. Think about all the details involved in the shooting. Would you be shooting in sequence? Would you be shooting by night or by day? The answers to such questions can help you chart an achievable shooting schedule.

5. Organize your film

Think about which scenes need to be captured well (Scenes with complex actions or dialogue-heavy scenes). Build into your schedule extra time for difficult scenes and also finalize on a streamlined approach to help you achieve them. Before finalizing on your schedule, also plan about your lodging, travelling and meals. Such planning will prove to be immensely useful especially when you face challenges with your props, stage or the overall effect. Do be prepared for backup plans if a particular scene doesn’t go as per plan. Organizing your schedule will also help you keep your shooting on time. If you run late on a particular scene, you can try to cut shots or combine them.

Is there any other handy filmmaking tip that you would like to add to the list? What filmmaking advice would you like to share with first-time film makers? If you were to outsource to India, which film service would you outsource? Share your thoughts and views by leaving a comment in the box below. We, at Flatworld Solutions love hearing from you!

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