Whether you are planning to do an amateur film or a professional one, you will still need to go through a pretty long process: you need to choose a script, find your actors, and to shoot and edit the film. How to direct a movie is very complex, and is difficult to tell the exact step by step guide of how to do it right, but at the end of the day, like everything else, practice enough and you can do it. If it is your first film, you are going to feel like climbing a mountain. In this article, I’m going to give you 8 tips that will help you on how to direct a film.
First, you need to know how you want the film to look at.
I recommend reading our article on the director’s vision that will help you understand how to choose the way your film is going to feel and look. Your first step to achieve that is to understand your idea of the movie and to make sure it is clear to you and later on to your stuff. Once you can write your idea of the film in 50 words or less, it is clear.
Your next step in planning is to go through every scene in the script and break it down. Breaking down the text means to identify in all the scene elements that are needed to shoot and edit the scene like locations, props, costumes, actors, music… Now usually, that’s a thing for the producer to do, but for the director, it’s a chance to find elements he can adjust his vision. Breaking down the script will also help you to know your script inside out.
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