|About Film Making
The following things and Industry Professionals play a vital role in filmmaking!
A film producer is a person who creates the rules, regulations and conditions for making movies. The producer is involved throughout all phases of the filmmaking process from development to completion of a project. The producer supervises, coordinates and controls matters such as artist?s selection, fundraising, arranging for distributors.
?Producer? is considered the chief head of the staff, where ?director? is the in charge of the team for a Film/Video.
The definition of producer is the person who typically has the greatest involvement and oversight among a film?s various producers.
Co-Producer: the individual who generally reports to the Executive producer. A co-producer mostly involved in day to day production.
Associate Producer: Acts as a representative of the Executive producer. He will share financial, innovative and creative responsibilities.
Assistant Producer: The person who works under the direction of Associate Producer.
Administrative Producer: the person who reports to the Board of Directors. Freelancers are employed by the Administrative Producer for some tasks like design, production management etc.
Director: The person responsible for all of the acting in the movie. The director manages the creative elements and he is the person who gives directions to all the artists how to act for particular scenes.
Assistant Director manages the shooting schedule and logistics of the production.
Casting Director finds actors for the parts in the script. He is responsible for finding artists as per science.
Location Manager finds and manages the film locations.
Director of photography creates the photography of the film. He/she cooperates with the director.
A Screenplay is written plan authorized by screen writer
The major components of a screenplay are action, dialogue and scene set-up. Action is what we see happening. Even the minutest detail is written into a script ? ?Jason picks up the glass?. It may seem mundane, but it is important to add every little action to the script so that every member of your team knows what is going to happen next. Dialogue is what we hear. Scene set-up allows the reader to visualize the mood, atmosphere and location of the scene. The scene set-up includes a full description of the area. Any props that are necessary in the scene must be mentioned in the scene set-up so that the director/ crew remembers to place them on set. Scene set-up may also describe characters visually. Screenplays may not involve emotion-related descriptions and other aspects of the story that are, in fact, visual within the end-product.
Screenplays in print are highly formal, conforming to font and margin specifications designed to cause one page of screenplay to correspond to approximately one minute of action on screen; thus screen directions and descriptions of location are designed to occupy less vertical space than dialogue, and various technical directions, such as settings and camera indication are set apart from the text with capital letters and/or indentation. Professional screenplays are always printed in 12-point courier.
Following some resources are need to making movie:
How do you pick locations for Films/Videos?
Finding a location that matches your script is a very important element of making a movie. Think about ? picking the wrong location can change the entire feel of a film. What if ?Lost in Translation? was set in America instead of Japan? Or what if ?The Constant Gardener? was filmed in Kuwait? The entire logic behind the plot would change... and so would the entire essence of the film. But choosing a location goes far beyond just choosing a country. It also means simple things like choosing the right bar for a scene where friends meet up for a pint of beer. Would thrifty college students go to an overpriced, hi-so wine and cigar lounge? No, they?d go to the local watering hole. All of this is part of the location hunting process.
If you aren?t from the city, town or country where you are shooting your film, it could be difficult to find the right location. If you don't have a location that will work, ask your friends the people who well know regarding locations. If they don't, drive around and look for the right place. If you find the perfect location as per your script, ask the concerned persons for permission to use the area. More than likely, they will allow you to shoot at the location with little or no money value attached. Sometimes, you can even get a place to pay you if you shoot at their location. Just think what a perk it is for a company to have a big movie scene shot right on their premises! It?s advertisement and advertising has a price tag?so sometimes you can collect!
If you need a soundstage, you may want to ask the local music venue or performing arts theatre. These places are great, as they come with equipment too. The only problem is that they usually won't let you use it unless you rent it. The costs for renting stages are not cheap, but it may be your only choice.
Where do you find actors?
Before you start your Film/Video, you need to find all of the necessary artists as per script. Use people you know in film industry and related film institutes. If you are a new filmmaker, try to find some students of acting who may have not had the chance to showcase their ability in a real production, but who are eager to try. An artist?s ability is always growing, so if your actors aren?t perfect right away, don?t be discouraged. With the right coaching, actors can easily learn how to play their part.
How much does the cost to produce a minute or two minute Films/videos?
Cost to produce a minute or two minutes films/videos depends on what you want to do. First, check out what you have, and then look at what you need. If you don't have it, get creative. Remember, it just needs to look good on camera, it doesn't matter what it looks like in real life.
Where do you get the money to make your Films/Videos?
If you have good script then no need to worry about money to make the movie. You will be surprised at how many people are ready and willing to fork over cash to produce a beautiful script! You may want to find a sponsor if you're doing a big, Bollywood-size feature film. You can search for corporate sponsors who will pay you for displaying or having characters use a particular product in the movie. This may come in handy, but sponsor contracts often have a lot strings attached. Read through all of the stipulations carefully. Just don't spend more money than what you have to.
Where can you show your films/videos?
Once you are done with your film/video, you want people to see it! This can be done through marketing. The first and easiest idea is to show a bunch of your friends and let your film gain popularity through word of mouth. If your film is good, before you know it, more and more people will want to see your piece of art.
Another way to get your name out there is the internet. Capture your film on a computer and hand it out all over. They are very stringent on their choices for films, but if you can get in there, you're going to be exposed twice as fast.
How to Audition for a Movie:
The most important thing to succeed during an audition is to have confidence. Unless the role calls for a nervous nelly, no director ever wants to see an actor who fidgets and lacks composure in front of others.
Before you go to a film/video audition it is standard that you will be required to send in a headshot. Let?s face it, half of the audition lies in appearance alone. The thing that will get you in the door is whether or not you have ?the look? they are searching for. Your talent or lack thereof will make or break the deal, but if you don?t have the look the casting director needs, you won?t even get a chance to showcase your talent.
Another thing to consider when auditioning, is that the producer and casting director may require you to travel a considerable distance for the audition. Even if the casting crew travels to your area for the initial audition, you may have to travel to the production house?s corporate office if you are lucky enough to get a call-back. The audition phase may require a great deal of your time and even your money, as most production houses will not cover your travel expenses during the audition.
Understand that in winning an audition for a film/video, you will be expected to dedicate an enormous amount of your time and energy to the project. You should always be prepared both mentally and physically to give the project more than just rehearsal time. You have to fully dedicate yourself to the character if you want to succeed.
Recognize that there are major differences between the styles of auditioning for films and auditioning for stage plays. Film tends to stray more towards intimate acting, close ups, headshots, and more realistic movements. Also, film auditions tend to focus on interactions and scenes, rather than long monologues. For stage plays, the auditions usually start out with a monologue and if the director thinks you may fit in their production they may make you do scenes with the other auditioners for the callbacks. Know what you are preparing for, if you don't have a large stage presence or can't project, theatre may not be for you. And if you can't emote in close-ups, or don?t have the will to stand around while the techies set up the shot, then film might not be your cup of tea. So be aware of the different styles before you go through all the trouble of preparing.
Be aware of play types. We all know there are dramas and there are comedies, but within those, there are many others. Understand that if you find a call for actors, first you need to look at the character types and see if you fit. If you are a 50-year-old white male, you probably won't fit into a role for a 20- to 25-year-old Hispanic male. If you are a guy trying to audition for ?Top Girls", most likely you won't be cast. Sometimes directors may make concessions for actors (such as if you are younger and they can't find enough older people to fill roles, or you are a good enough actor to fill the role, etc). If you are close to the requirements, then don't be afraid to audition.
When you see an audition notice, make sure and write down all information (contact numbers, play name and author, directions to audition, etc.) so you aren't scrambling to find out information at the last minute.
Now it is time to prepare. Read the audition's requirements. Most notices will tell you to bring specific things with you to the auditions such as headshots, resumes, and dance clothes. The notice will also usually tell you what to do for the audition. Contemporary productions usually require two contrasting monologues (comedic and dramatic).
Find a monologue: This may be one of the most difficult steps in this process. For the perfect monologue, you will need to scour over many different plays and anthologies to find the right one. Most of the time, the best course of action is to find a monologue that is similar to the play you are auditioning for. If you are auditioning for a mentally ill individual, it won?t help the director to see you read the monologue of the ?girl next door? type of character. Your monologue should enable the director to visualize your ability to capture the character he is casting. For help in finding monologues, ask a local theatre buff, or if you have access to the director of the production talk directly with him/her. These people will be able to help you the most and will probably have the resources from which you can draw. If all else fails, just use a search engine to find a good monologue that matches the part you are trying to land.
It may seem difficult, but you have got to memorize your monologue. If you land the role of a particular character, you can?t perform with a script in your hand, and neither can you do so during your monologue audition. You need to impress the casting director and producer with your ability to not only memorize, but internalize the script while maintaining in character. Unless you have something really unique about yourself or you are blessed with good karma on a particular day, most directors won?t look twice at a person who comes to an audition and flubs or reads off a script. It shows the auditioner is neither serious nor prepared about the role.
But once you have the monologue memorized, don?t stop there. Keep reviewing the script every day until the audition. Try to tweak your style and be prepared to read with different tones or styles. It is possible that halfway through your audition the casting director could throw some instructions at you such as ?now read it as though you are really depressed? just to test your overall acting ability.
When the audition comes, take a few hours beforehand to prepare. Some things to keep in mind:
Dress for success. No sneakers, no jeans, no ripped t-shirts, and no scraggly five o'clock shadows (or the female equivalent). It won't look good if you get up on stage and look disheveled. If you have to dance with your audition, bring a spare set of clothes so as not to ruin your nice ones before you do your acting audition.
Have all your papers in line. Be sure to bring multiple copies of all your documents, headshots, and resume to ensure that every person on the panel auditioning you can have a copy for themselves.
Don?t come on time ? come early! Getting there early not only shows professionalism, but it allows you a minute to breathe and take in your surroundings before the audition. Plus, arriving early gives you leeway should an unforeseen event such as a flat tire happen on your way to the audition. Getting there early will also give you time to fill out any paperwork the production might give you. The earlier you arrive, the more slots you can pick from. Arriving early also gives you time to warm up. Do vocal exercises, stretches, and tongue twisters. Don't botch your monologue just because you didn't stretch out your tongue.
Be friendly to all those around you. Don't be confrontational. That goes not only for your casting director, but your competition as well. You and the other artist might get cast for two different roles and you don?t want to go into the production already having enemies.
In the audition process, means after audition has started and you've done all the paperwork and all you?re prepping. Sit quietly and wait your turn. Make sure and listen; in some auditions the Stage Manager or Director will give you added instructions that weren't on the notice. Those may be vitally important, such as time limits on monologues, or the procedure in which they will audition. Wait for your name to be called and then proceed to the stage. Before saying anything, make sure that you have the casting panel?s full attention. You don't want to begin while they are still writing or talking to one another about the previous actor. Wait till you've achieved eye contact with all of them so that they can listen to you from the very beginning. Then, make sure and SLATE for the director, regardless if they know you from prior contact. Now, do your monologue. After you do your monologue, the director may ask you some questions or ask you to do a part from your monologues again. Be patient, answer all questions truthfully, and do the requested part to the utmost of your ability. It may pay off when the director makes their final decision. Once finished, take a small bow and say thank you, and exit so the next person can audition
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