The 4 Top Skills You Need To Master To Become A Great Filmmaker

The 4 Top Skills You Need To Master To Become A Great Filmmaker

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So you want to make a great movie? Are you ready to eat, sleep, breathe and dream about writing, directing and editing movies or is it just a hobby?

To make a great movie you have to set your life up around being an indie film Writer, Director, Editor, and Cinematographer. Those are the four parts of the filmmaking process you have to master. On Make A Great Movie, I’m concentrating on those four critical parts of filmmaking, along with providing other key advice to make great indie films.

I have worked with Indie Filmmakers who just wanted to write, direct, edit or do the cinematography. They used (worked without pay) other want to be Indie Filmmakers to do the heavy filmmaking lifting because they only wanted to specialize in being the Writer, Director, Editor or Cinematographer. Over 90% of the time it was wanting to be a Director. These were the worst Indie filmmakers I have ever worked with and their films were shit, although they thought they were great. How can you be a really good or great Director when you can’t write, edit and know nothing or very little about Cinematography? How do you know that the music created is advancing the emotion in a scene when your tone deaf? You can’t. You have to become a Master Filmmaker and become really good or great at writing, directing, editing and cinematography.  When you’re starting out you can’t afford to pay other people to do this and even if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth and can, you just skipped the entire learning phase of Indie film school and you now think and act like you’re the big Hollywood Director you’re not.

You may end up specializing and becoming a Director or a Writer, Editor or Cinematographer or a combination of these professions but the only way to find your path is to learn about these important positions and how to do them well. All of them enhance each other.

There is something about the ego that seems to flare up when you’re making films, it’s probably one of the worst things that can happen and it can totally mess up your Indie Filmmaking career. Everyone starts off making crappy short films and music videos, it’s part of the process. The more ego you have during this learning process the more crap you will create.  Of course, your family and friends will tell you your stuff is great and you’re going to be the next Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino or Spike Lee. Don’t believe them because they are not your audience. The YouTube and Internet community is your audience, haters and trolls included.

Check out my other website, Hip Flicks, as an indie filmmaker, it’s got some great obscure, unconventional, well-made films that can teach you a lot.

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