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The Trailer should impact.

October 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes it is fun to cut Trailers. I have just cut the trailer for “Dealing with Destiny.” our new film set to release in 2011.

Paul Condoleon, the producer was having no luck with the promo editors who had attempted to cut the trailer. Each version he received was not up to the mark.
About two weeks ago Paul asked me to edit the trailer.  I was reluctant as I am the director of the film and cutting two minutes out of a 90 minute feature film is a difficult challenge at the best of times. Directors never like to cut their own trailer.

However in the end I relented and took the job. I have spent the best part of three days editing the trailer.
I love editing. The time flies by in the editing room and it really requires a trained mindset to get the best out of every edit. I enjoyed my collaboration with Paul  as we ruthlessly found the best two minutes and I think the trailer now has energy and impact. Needless to say he is now very happy with the trailer for “Dealing with Destiny”

The main purpose of a Trailer is to get you to see the film. It has to have exciting and dramatic moments. Often the best jokes in the film are somewhere in the trailer. The Trailer succeeds when it makes you want to see the movie. One such trailer I saw the other day is “The Social Network”
When I watched the trailer, I knew I had to see this film.  I have only heard great things about this film.

Next week the trailer goes to the Sound Mixer and it should be completed by Tuesday 26th October.
I will post a link to our trailer on my next post.
In the meantime, we have some great film Schools happening over the next few weeks with the One Week Film Directors School starting in Adelaide on Tuesday October 26th

Till next time, have a great week.

Colm O’Murchu      Director

Preparation is everything for a Film Director.

October 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Preparation is everything for a Film Director.

When you are starting out , it is a challenge to direct on a film set.
Everytime I work with an emerging Film Director, I see similar problems. The biggest problem by far is "Lack of Preparation"

So here is a little on Film Directing 101.
Preparation is paramount. Preparation is the number one most important duty of the Film Director.
Here are some pointers.

Know your script inside out. Study the script and break it down so that you understand the story intimately
Cast the film with the very best Actors that you can get. You will need an audition process which we teach on our Film Schools.
Make sure that you have a rehearsal with your actors. This is so important
Make sure you do your reccies.( Reconnaissance )  In other words, prepare on set or at the location. Go to the place where you will shoot a few days in advance.
It is great if you can have your rehearsal on set, as you can lock off your blocking.  Blocking is the movement that a director plans for the actors on set.
Once you have worked out your blocking, Shot List.  A Shot List is a list of shots that the director creates to cover the scene.
If your DOP is present at the Reccie, make sure that he or she works out their lighting plan.
If your Production Designer is present, work out the look of the set. On low budget films, you usually work with an existing location such as a lounge room in a friends house. Make sure that your Production Designer works with you on the look of the lounge room. It must look like the character in your story, lives here. This will require sourcing props and set dressing.
Visit your costume designer or wardrobe person and work out the costumes for the actors. Wardrobe will usually meet the actors in advance and measure them for the costumes. In many low budget films, the actors bring in several outfits that they own and the Director picks the best one. However this is prone to produce a poor costume as the actor may well be broke and have tatty St Vinnies clothes. In this case run to the nearest clothes shop and borrow some clothes. This same situation happened on a  student short film shot last Saturday. In fact the Make Up artist went to designer shop and found a beautiful fitted out executive clothes for our actor. The shop was delighted and all they wanted was a credit in the film in return.

It is amazing how people will help out a low budget film maker. If the film maker is putting their heart and soul into the film production, minor miracles will happen all over the production. However there is one most important factor in every film.  The bottom line is the more preparation that the director and producer does in pre production, the better for the shoot. What is the best way to learn this? On our Film Schools. There is nothing like doing this for real and our film Schools teach by shooting a real film.

How long should one take to produce a Film?

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This question is somewhat akin to asking, "How long is a piece of string."

However, it really is important to have time structures to work your film production around. A predicted time schedule helps the Film Maker make the film happen.When you are starting out in the film making game, it is very important to go through the process with someone experienced. Here lies the challenge, as most experienced Film Directors are way too busy to help emerging Film Directors make films.

You could search out work on other people's films and see what happens on set. But this can be an obstacle too because most established Film Producers want someone with some experience.You can volunteer for no budget films that you hear about. But once again they will want someone to have been to Film School or worked on at least a couple of short films before. Even if you were lucky to get a job on a voluntary film or any film for that matter,  you still only see a fraction of what happens in the production of a film.You miss totally the edit the casting the sound mix and the music scoring.

So the number one best way to learn how to make films is to do one of our courses and the reason for this is that you see how a film is made from script development stage to final Sound Post. You also work with a very experienced Film Director. All our Film Instructors are experienced Film Makers.

When you enrol, you are involved with the casting, the rehearsals, the wardrobe, the shoot, the edit, the music and the sound post. When you have been through the process once, it is far easier to go out there and shoot your film the second time.When you are producing any film, there are ten areas you have to get right. To name them, Casting, Crew, Locations, Film Equipment, Post production, Set Design, Office and Shoot Organization, Catering, Marketing and Publicity.Learn in detail about how to produce and direct a film on our courses

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