After watching movies for so long I kinda want to direct one but how do I know if it's an impulse worth pursuing or just something everyone who w...

After watching movies for so long I kinda want to direct one but how do I know if it's an impulse worth pursuing or just something everyone who watches movies feels?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    get your buddies together, sit down and write out something that you could feasibly do with 0 budget and an iphone. have fun!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This is probably the best place to start. Don't actually start spending money until you can halfway write a screenplay and shoot it

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This then realize how cringe you all are and never think about filmmaking again.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Make a short film with your phone or a cheap camera. Just by yourself. If you like it get slowly get more and more people involved and learn how to delegate and manage them.
    Start with very short films, no need to make anything over 5 - 10 minutes while you're learning and experimenting
    I can't tell you if you'll enjoy it you have to go out and actually do it
    Film is a dying medium though, keep that in mind. You're like somebody asking if you should get into wagon building as cars are starting to become popular. Only do it if you enjoy it, dont expect fame or fortune or cultural impact

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      just by yourself is a lot harder than having 2-3 people. 2-3 people lets you hold the camera and have the others act.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Ok then do 2-3 people if you want.
        Telling a story with no people is a good way to learn basic camera work, sound, editing, etc before having to worry about managing morons

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          telling a story with no people is very hard to do. managing morons is a lot of fun if they are your morons.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Managing morons is the hardest and most fun part of making a movie. Once you learn to manage morons you can start calling yourself a legitimate director.

            You have to have some basic knowledge of and experience with filmmaking for morons to actually listen to you

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Literally all it takes it 2 friends and a camera

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                2 friends that are willing to join you

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                youre being intentionally negative. obviously two friends that are willing to join you. thats like saying "oh you need a camera? you mean a camera that works."

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                He should start with photography and learning how a camera works before dragging in others

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Managing morons is the hardest and most fun part of making a movie. Once you learn to manage morons you can start calling yourself a legitimate director.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This. I would recommend 3 or 4 people. I made two films for school and 4 was manageable but it was wayyyyyy easier when we had 14 people, shuffling through the house through the day, reading their lines then dismissing them when they were done. we finished a 45 min short film within 48 hours and two shooting locations.

        I would pay to go to independent film festivals OP. Sometimes the directors there stick around and field questions and you can talk to all the other hipsters and maybe one of them has a project going on. You will have to network at somepoint. And I would suggest getting a cheap 2,000 camera to start. Eventually once you get good you can start offering YOUR videographer services for small productions and you can go from there.

        If you wanna do something yourself try photography. Movies are a collaborative process.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    try adapting a story you know (or a script you’ve written) and like other anons said get some friends together and try making a short film. dont expect anything out it other than experience either because if you think the first short you make is gonna make you a str the youtube view counts will crush your spirit quick

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you can expect one other thing out of it: a good time with friends 🙂

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        of course, how could i forget

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just start making a movie. Just make it up as you go along and then edit it. You can make a practice film first to see what you need to do before making a serious film.

    I do this in my spare time. I have 2 movies starring only myself talking to myself with very simple plots that nobody will ever see. I’m getting better.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Create a 90-minute mess of entertainment with a convoluted storyline with multiple barely related subplots. Introduce characters only to have them disappear without explanation. Include a 5 minute dream sequel that eats up most of the film's budget. In order to save the budget randomly switch the format of the movie to found footage around the 80 minute mark. That's my advice, but most importantly have fun!

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are average social skills fine or do you need to be charismatic and very good at managing people?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      managing people is a hard earned skill. it is not an innate talent. if you are interested in it just get 2-3 friends together, figure out what youre going to film, and then film it. It really is a lot of fun.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      More important than social skills you need legitimacy. If you know what your talking about, have good equipment and... I stress this HAVE A SCRIPT. people will assume there is a plan in place and will be pretty emmenable to your suggestions.

      If you have people just show up in a public park on a windy day where you can't hear the Mic, and you have chicken scratch notes on what you want from them they may walk off.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You need to know what your strengths and weaknesses as a person are and translate that to directing, trying to highlight the things you are good at and minimizing the things you suck at. Directors are very different from one another. Some directors are really good with actors and can coax out great performances, some directors have a really good sense of script and story, some directors are really visually driven, some have a great sense for improvisation and spontaneity on the moment etc. Very few directors can do it all and the smart ones work with people who complement their strengths and help with their weaknesses. I'd argue that most people (including in Cinemaphile) have a vague idea about what directing is, but most of them don't really know what it is. And that applies to other film jobs as well, but also of course to all kinds of jobs in the world.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >just get your friends together

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ....was waiting for this reply haha.

      Back when I had friends we made a mobster movie in Highschool. Im a boomer now and all my friends moved away

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Here is a free script for you!

    Link (L): Gee, it sure is boring around here.

    The King (K): My boy. This peace is what all warriors strive for.

    L: I just wonder what Ganon is up to.

    Gwonam: Your majesty. Ganon [gænʌn] and his minions have seized the islands of Koridai.

    K: Hmm... How can we help?

    G: It is written: only Link can defeat Ganon.

    L: Great! I'll grab my stuff!

    G: There is no time; your sword is enough.

    L: How about a kiss... For luck?

    Zelda (Z): You've got to be kidding.

    G: Squadila! [squa.dJ.la] We're off!

    L: Wow! What are all those heads?

    G: These are the faces of evil. You must conquer each.

    L: I guess I better get going.

    G: Here! ...Is the map. Where do you wish to go?

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Recreate this video as practice

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    But actually finish the scene with real, unsimulated gay sex because it'll be funny. haha

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just so you know, it´s not easy, it´s not cheap and it´s not something one could quickly learn how to do on a whim. There are plenty of skills involved, specially on guerrilla film making since no money means you are going to need to dedicate more time and cover more roles yourself.

    That said, independent film making is more accessible today than ever before. There are plenty of resources to learn from so no need to go to film school (unless you plan to go pro and need contacts. Networking is THE point of college), decently good cameras with pro features are affordable, post production software and CGI software are free or dirty cheap too and there are plenty of versatile lighting options thanks to LED lights (not 15 years ago you would have to rent a cargo truck to move equipment from location to location and yes, lighting is one of film making most important things and makes all the difference in the world on your final result looking amateurish or pro) These days you can probably get away with just using the trunk of whatever vehicle you use to transport the team.

    Now, you don´t need none of that just to test if film making is what you want to do, just go look for some of the free tuts online and do independent shots to learn the ropes and practice your skills. If you like it you´ll keep at it, if you don´t you´ll just move on after a while. If you do like it aim for short, simple to produce stories. A single scene or sequence with one to two locations. A simple conflict with just 2 or 3 actors/ friends. That way you get familiar with the process without buying anything you don´t really need (start with a cellphone and free software) and take advantage of lights you had at hand.

    You also get a feeling of which areas you like better. People misunderstand the director´s job often thinking only on the creative part of it when in truth there is a lot of people, time and asset management to it.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The quality of the film does not matter. Everything they teach you at film school is secondary. What really matters is being able to photoshop an amazing film poster and getting your film listed on iMDb and TMDb. Hope this helps.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why does it have to be so hard? it feels like its impossible if you didn't get the desire to direct when you were young or your parents aren't in the business

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      To get good at almost anything is hard anon

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