Make the story your own
Filmmaking, at it’s very best, is a very personal art form. From the stories that are being told -to the emotion conveyed in capturing the perfect shot, when you step into the role of creating any feature film, it is imperative that you make it your own.
But you don’t have to figure everything out yourself. Along the way it may be a good idea to listen to words of wisdom from those who came before you so you can hear what they have learned and apply it to your own artistic sense. That’s exactly what is being offered in this recent article featured on Flavorwire: “100 Famous Directors’ Rules of Filmmaking“.
The piece takes the “golden rules” of 100 famous directors who have learned how to hone their own artistic voice by trial and error. So if you pay attention while picking and choosing, perhaps you will learn and apply their ideas to making your next feature a better than your last.
Words of experience
We picked a few quotes that we enjoyed but urge you to sift through the whole lot to see what resonates with you.
Sofia Coppola: “I try to just make what I want to make or what I would want to see. I try not to think about the audience too much.”
Frank Capra: “There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.”
Stanley Kubrick: “The director’s job is to know what emotional statement he wants a character to convey in his scene or his line, and to exercise taste and judgment in helping the actor give his best possible performance.”
George A. Romero: “Collaborate, don’t dictate. Every department head has something to offer. Listen and gratefully accept their offerings. They’re moviemakers, too.”
There are amazing words of inspiration and guidance from these filmmakers that can help you craft your own story. If you want other tips, check out our blog about Simple Shots can be powerful.
Finally, we’d like to hear what is your golden rule of filmmaking? Ours, of course, is storyboard, storyboard, storyboard!
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