FMP: Being a Film Maker
As a director I need to be gathering all my sources and skills in order to be successful in making this film and having read this I know that I am on the right track.
- Your career will consume every single waking moment. CHECK
- Knowing what you really want or knowing how someone is going to react to what you need before you spring into action is half the battle. (Working smart) CHECK.
- Every successful person has lots of people trying to take them down. Look at it this way: if no one is slagging you off, then you aren’t successful. It’s how business (and life) works. (I did not repeat NOT steal my producer!) CHECK
- I meet so many filmmakers who are making their films and writing their scripts out of pure ego. (Definitely NOT out of ego) CHECK
- First, you really and truly need to believe in your own abilities and know your boundaries and limitations. Limitations are not a weakness, they are simply areas you need to strengthen or negotiate. (I now know my limitations) CHECK
- If you leave a person of influence bored to death you have just shot yourself in the foot. Remember it is the entertainment industry, and never forget the old maxim: “Leave ‘em wanting more.” (Everyone I have spoken to about my project says they can’t wait to see it or that it sounds really interesting) CHECK
But lets look at what it means to be a Director:
What is a Director?
‘The Director is the driving creative force in a film’s production, and acts as the crucial link between the production, technical and creative teams. Directors are responsible for creatively translating the film’s written script into actual images and sounds on the screen – he or she must visualise and define the style and structure of the film, then act as both a storyteller and team leader to bring this vision to reality.’
- Script editing
- Shot composition
- Shot selection and editing
Practical aspects of filmmaking, such as finance and marketing, are left to the Producer, however, Directors must also always be aware of the constraints of the film’s budget and schedule, this means communicating and having a tight relationship with the Producer.
Big musts and ones I have committed myself to:
*To have exceptional artistic vision and creative skills to develop an engaging and original film.
*Unerring commitment and a deep passion for filmmaking.
*The ability to act as a strong and confident leader.
*Be able to delegate, and to collaborate with others.
*Hold excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
*Inspire and motivate the team to produce the film they have envisioned.
*Have extensive understanding of the entire filmmaking process, from both technical and creative points of view.
*A capacity for long hours of intensive work, attention to detail, and the ability to remain calm and think clearly under great pressure.
*Also great self-belief and the determination to succeed.
I believe I am strong enough to be a Director, I have done it before and I will do it again, drawing from my previous experience.