LIVING ROOM FOUR PEOPLE SITTING IN ROOM GETTING READY TO WATCH MOVIE. PERSON 1: OK, everyone ready? PERSON 2: Almost, where’s the popcorn? Person 3 walks into room with a bowl of popcorn. PERSON 3: I got the popcorn, so what movie are we watching? PERSON 4: I’ve got it, let me just put it in. Person 4 takes the disc out of the case and puts it into the player and walks back to their seat. PERSON 4: It did really good in the theaters I heard. Person 4 hands person 3 the case. Person 3 looks over the case. PERSON 3: Oh, this looks good, hey (points to spot on box) didn’t he get nominated for something? Person 4 looks over PERSON 4: I think he was nominated for a.... PERSON 2: Shh, the movies starting. someone get the lights. PERSON 1: I’ve got it. Person 1 gets up and turns off lights. The Screen lights up and everyone makes intrigued faces.
NARRATOR: The people finding their seats, the fresh popcorn smell, the lights dimming and your eyes lighting up as the first credits roll. These are what movies are to people, a whole new experience for story telling, but some people go farther than that. ZOOM SLIGHTLY ON TO PERSON 1 NARRATOR: Those some people wonder " how do they do that?" The big stars? The huge explosions, special effects and how did they do all of that on Mt. Everest? Let’s fast forward to tomorrow. DINING ROOM- MORNING Person 1 and 3 are sitting across from each other at table talking. PERSON 3 Man, that movie was awesome last night. PERSON 1 And that ending, you never saw it coming. PERSON 3 I know, and how the hero found out he was wrong the whole time about the villain being his brother, too cool. PERSON 1 It must have taken millions to make that movie. Too bad I don’t have that kind of money, I’ve always wanted to see what it’s like to make one. PERSON 3 Well good luck with that. Person 3 gets up and walks away.
NARRATOR Luckily, you don’t need millions of dollars to make a movie. In fact, plenty of what we know as classic films where made with a low budget; like Clerks, Night of The living Dead and Reservoir Dogs. INDOORS- DAY TIME Person #1 Thinking NARRATOR So you want to make a movie? Person #1 makes a "sure" gesture. NARRATOR Have you ever made on before? Person 1 shakes head no. NARRATOR Do you have any money to pay people for acting and the production crew? Person 1 puts up finger as if to say "one second" and pulls out wallet. CLOSE UP: EMPTY WALLET OPENING. NARRATOR Sounds like your going to make an independent movie. Person one tilts head slightly and looks confused. NARRATOR Don’t worry, an independent movie only means a movie that isn’t majorly funded and has been made by a not so famous director. You don’t need an all start cast or your own advertising team to make a move, but there are some basics you want to consider.
INDOORS LONG TABLE WITH SEVERAL ITEMS GOING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT. CAMERA SHOWS A PILE OF PAPER. NARRATOR The most important thing needed for a movie is a story. The type of writing used for movies and commercials are called screenplays. Screenplays outline the details of the lines, camera shots, the actions done and where the scene is shot. Make sure that your story can be made into a script for the whole cast to read so you can avoid confusion. You can use a story that’s already been made, but be careful if you want to enter it into a contest or festival. You can write your own movie on paper or... COMPUTER NARRATOR(CONTD) You can use your computer. If you don’t know how to write a screenplay, look online for examples and even programs meant for screenplay writing. NARRATOR Also, make sure your screenplay is short quick and to the point. Create strong centralized characters and avoid special effects. A bare bones movie that’s well written PICTURE OF CLERKS NARRATOR (CONTD) will always be better than something with tons of special effects but not much story. Picture of I Am Number Four OVER THE SHOULDER: PERSON 1 SITTING OVER A STACK OF PAPERS OR LAPTOP (SCREENPLAY)
5. NARRATOR So is that your script?
Person 1 shakes head yes What kind
NARRATOR of genre will it be?
Person 1 has blank look on face and shrugs shoulders. NARRATOR Are there plenty of special effects and props needed? Person shakes head no. NARRATOR Then itâ€™s probably not an action movie, those can take tons of special effects and expensive props which may be too high budget for a first time filmmaker. NARRATOR Does it need to have a professional acting cast to carry out the heavily emotional roles? Person 1 shakes head no. NARRATOR Then itâ€™s most likely not a drama. This is a viable option but can sometimes need professional actors, which may also be out of budget for you. Is it made to make the audience laugh? Person one shakes heads yes. NARRATOR Good choice, a comedy is something that you can still learn the basics of screen writing with and can easily be made on little to no budget. Plus, if the actors mess up, it can be funnier than the original take or be great material for bloopers. But be careful, some actors may consider making one joke on screen no problem while another can refuse to do it. Make sure to check with your actors before shooting.
OUTSIDE DAYTIME Person one is standing with script in hand. NARRATOR So now that you’re done with your script, think you’re ready to make your movie? Person 1 shakes head yes and begins to walk off. NARRATOR Not so fast. Person 1 stops and turns towards camera. NARRATOR You need more than just a script. You’re going to need a camera operator. Person 2 appears with a camera and tripod NARRATOR Make sure that you have a camera and at least one person to operate it. You can either buy a camera or rent one form a local store. Now there’s one item that is crucial for camera work. Person 1 walks out with a lens. NARRATOR Not that. Try this instead. Person 2 walks into shot with a tripod. NARRATOR A good camera always needs a tripod. Unless you want your film to look like on giant, shaky chase scene, a tripod can give you a clean and steady feel, which is important in keeping the audiences focus and makes the movie look more professional. Person 2 make a thumbs up and attaches camera to tripod. NARRATOR Now here are some other things you might want to use with your camera. (CONTINUED)
CLOSE UP: TABLE WITH EQUIPMENT ON IT. CAMERA BATTERIES NARRATOR Nothing is worse than getting halfway through a perfect shot and having your camera die on you. Make sure your camera’s fully charged and have a few spares when shooting. MEMORY STICKS NARRATOR The same applies for storage space, it’s crucial if you’re filming in High Definition. Make sure you have the right type of removable storage for you camera. You want to have more than one of these off hand in order to be prepared for any disk space running out. MICROPHONE NARRATOR A microphone, this can help eliminate the creaking and squeaking all too common with built in camera microphones. OUTDOORS DAYTIME NARRATOR This brings us back to our people, you’re going to need. What’s just as important as the studio of your film? Person 1 and 2 look at each other and scratch their heads. NARRATOR The answer is sound, making a silent film to need some one who the audio during and filming.
unless you’re , you’re going can control after the
Person 3 appears with a microphone.
NARRATOR This person will decide the direction, how loud and what the film will sound like for the post production. This person will work closely with the director and the camera operator to make sure that the sound stays crisp and clear. Clean looking and clear sounding footage makes the difference between a sloppy Youtube video and a professional looking film. Person 1, 2 and 3 high five and try to walk off. NARRATOR Wait right there, weâ€™re not done, what about actors? Person 4 and 5 appear. NARRATOR (CONTD) a costume designer? Another person appears with clothes in hand. NARRATOR (CONTD) a set builder? another person appears with a hammer NARRATOR (CONTD) a make up artist? another person appears with make up in hand NARRATOR (CONTD) a special effects artist? a editor? a producer? a lighting technician? four more people appear. Person 1, 2 and 3 look overwhelmed. NARRATOR Just kidding. All 7 people disappear. NARRATOR Remember, you may need more than 3 people to make this. Also remember though, that you can have one (MORE) (CONTINUED)
NARRATOR (contâ€™d) person take on two or three jobs. This is a small scale movie, thereâ€™s no reason you need that many people to make it. Person 1, 2 and 3 look relieved. NARRATOR You may need one or two additional people though, so feel free to use resources like the internet to search for crucial people, like an editor. Person 4 reappears. NARRATOR But what about pay? You may be able to get your friends and family to volunteer, but when you have no way to pay the others, so how do you? All 4 people look at each other and shrug their shoulders. NARRATOR The answer is easy. First, make sure to feed them, a fed crew is a happy crew. Person 1-4 sitting at picnic table eating and happy. NARRATOR Have a small table with water and some things to munch on during the shooting. If the shooting take more than a few hours, bring out a grill and cook something, just make sure you prepare and cook ahead of time to keep an efficient schedule. When trying to get actors and other crew to sign on, make sure you specify them in the credits and tell them experience will be the payment. This could help you find people locally who could be valuable contacts in the future.
INDOORS, Persons 1-4 walk into and sit at the table exhausted. NARRATOR Now that you’re done with your movie, the scenes have all been shot and the footage edited, what are you going to do now? Persons 1-4 fall over on table and faint. NARRATOR No, now you get to take it and show it off. Persons 1-4 exasperatedly grunt. NARRATOR But the real question is where are you going to do it? If you want to show off your movie, try to show it off locally first. Unless you can make the digital copy of your movie into film strip and pay your local theater to run it, you might want to find a small place. Like a restaurant. Person 2 pick up a McDonald’s bag. NARRATOR Not quite, make sure you venue is local. You’re not going to be able to have a movie premier at a nationally owned chain. Having your premier in a local place can attract more people and can be easier to be permission to do. Make sure this place is big enough for a decent sized crowd. Person 1 walks through restaurant and nods head. NARRATOR When it comes to inviting people, try to get everyone you can, don’t only invite friends and family. People you may consider inviting are the mayor and some city council member. Make sure to invite them formally through a letter or phone call. This will bring more (MORE) (CONTINUED)
NARRATOR (cont’d) attention to your premier and may attract the attention of a local paper. Make sure to contact local blogs, newspapers and even news stations to draw more attention to the viewing. Do whatever you can to get people to go, make a Facebook page, a trailer or even make a website. Remember, the more attention it has, the more people will come to see it. INDOORS, Persons 1-4 walk through front door shaking hands and happy. NARRATOR The premier was a success then? Person 1 shakes head yes and loos to others as they agree. Person 1-4 begin walking toward table. Table has Laptop, camera, microphone and paper and pencil on it. NARRATOR Make sure to use feedback from your audience to see what went good and what went wrong, there’s always room for improvement. But for now let’s say one hundred people showed up and even the mayor made an appearance. As the credits rolled, people stood up and applauded and as they left, you got a torrent of compliments to you and your crew. Now what do you do? Persons 1-4 sit at their seats and begin to sort through things. NARRATOR If your answer is to never do that again, you can leave the room now and avoid the crowd. If you’re a filmmaker, you’re the kid off of a roller coaster right now, saying again, again. and that’s exactly what you should do, make more. PERSON 1 WRITING SCRIPT
NARRATOR (CONTD) Whether you’re the guy who writes the script. PERSON 2 ADJUSTING CAMERA NARRATOR (CONTD) The guy who runs around with the camera. PERSON 3 TAPPING MICROPHONE AND TESTING IT. NARRATOR (CONTD) The guy who makes sure the mic stays out of the shot. PERSON 4 ON LAPTOP EDITING MOVIE NARRATOR (CONTD) Or the guy who adds that cool color effect after the shooting. And that’s the real magic of movies. FADE TO BLACK ROLL CREDITS