So you decided you want to learn how to produce a film, but you do not know exactly where and how to start. So here are some tips to guide you and will help you to get your first steps into the filmmaking business:
Start with the genre. They are popular, with a clear concept and have much room for creativity.
Be original. Tell something that has not been told or in a way not yet been told. Read the Find your own voice to learn this cool creative exercise that will help you find your own true voice.
Pay attention to the things that work commercially and in terms of festivals. Notice where you are in this equation.
Speaking of festivals, before starting to send films to the film festivals, you should have a strategy. Most festivals cost money to register and in some of them, pre-registration is cheaper. Plan ahead and think how the film festival is going to contribute to the film, and how much you want to spend on them
Remember – The better your script will be the more talents will be attracted to it, and if your project will bring a really good script, maybe they even agree to give you a discount.
Create a movie web page, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. It will also help you get funding through the Internet.
If you are working on a budget, check first how you can cut locations. Reducing locations can lower the budget dramatically.
(Click here to learn more about ways for lowering your budget)
Prepare the budget while maintaining fidelity to reality. Do not kid yourself.Go through all the script, do a script breakdown and realize what it is you need. If the budget is too expensive, check out what you can give up and be sure to add an unexpected 10 percent to the budget. That means after you finish calculating the budget you add 10 percent of the budget to spend on unexpected expenses (which will happen to you no matter how much you’ll plan ahead). Do not forget to also include marketing expenses, editing, sound and every post issue.
Do a research in all areas that you deal with them and try to do some more work on your own Pre – Production stage.
Try to find staff that has the equipment needed. It can cost you cheaper
(especially if they have their own insurance on the equipment) and they know
how to use their equipment and they also keep it in good shape.
Learn how to work well with your director, financiers, and other important figures. Establish with all of them an honest relationship right at the start. The producer has to know how to work with people and listen to their needs. Everyone got different needs and it your job to answer them.