Top 5 Movie Making Tips for Youngsters by Silas Luster

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  1. Make Use of Everything You Have

Don’t write that epic crowd scene if not you know there’s a festival happening next week that you can steal as a backdrop. Play to your strengths. There’s possibly something unique that you or your family have access to that you can use in your movie. You can pick a real life character to make your movie around.

2. Don’t Try to Copy from Hollywood

Tempting as it may be to try to imitate the style and gloss of your most wanted blockbusters, let’s face it; the game is rigged in their favors. You can try, and your failure may be unique and interesting in its own right—but you can also just do your own thing, and try something that the studios wouldn’t have the balls or the imagination to do in the first place.

3. Watch and Analyze Films  

A lot of the mistakes that young filmmakers make could be avoided if teenagers actually just paid concentration to their favorite films. Silas Luster says pick a movie you love and watch it with the sound down; look closely at the camera angles, the editing and the lighting. Watch short films on YouTube and see how an effective story can be told in five minutes.

4. Prepare Yourself

Every film you make should teach you something you didn’t know before, and accomplish something you didn’t know you were capable of. This doesn’t mean you have to go out every time and do something that you have no idea how to do. You should draw on the skills and techniques you’ve already learned—but if you’re not building on them, if you’re not pushing yourself further in some way, you’re playing it safe. It will show.

5.  Consider Your Audience

Showing your film to an audience is one of the most important ways of figuring out what you’re doing right or wrong as a filmmaker—but that isn’t the same as saying that you always have to try to please the audience, or make a film that you think “they” will like.

6. Follow the Basics

Audiences will forgive a lot of technical flaws in your film if your story is compelling, your actors are engaging or your jokes are funny—but there’s still a threshold point where the technical mistakes start to get in the way. That point is usually when they’re no longer able to clearly see, hear or follow what’s going on. So get to know your apparatus, and practice with it. Learn the basics of shot composition. Do your best to record quality sound, and if that’s beyond your means, make a silent movie—there’s too much talking in most movies anyway.

If you want to know more feel free to contact Silas Luster a famous filmmaker, author and activist.  

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