How to start
 Making Your Film

By Anna Korotkova

First of all, a good script is the basic for a successful film. It helps to find investors and convince them, that this script can be turned into a high-rate film. One should try to find as many as possible. The higher the budget is the more professional the crew is.

Not to forget, that the director is the creator of this whole film and that without a good director the film would not be developed as good as it could be. A good director is a person who can see the setting and the people acting in his head. This person has already a vision by reading the script. 

After, the main points are settled the search for the rest of the crew can get started. 

The crew is incorporated in the following departments: Production, Directing, Art Department, Camera Department, Sound Department and the Editorating. In each department people should be able to work in a team and cooperate quickly with each other.

A film is like a clock if a small cog does not work, then the whole system breaks down. So, it is very important that the crew gets in touch with each other before the filming begins in order to adapt better to each other.

For the same reason it is more tempting to choose people who already worked successfully in the same department rather than just to pick random people.

After the whole filmcrew is complete and everybody especially the director, the investors and the producers are happy, it is time for auditions.

In case the production does not have specific actors in mind, it is cleverer to look for actors in acting schools/collages/universities or at theatres. This assures the casting director talented actors, since they all have practise.

During this period or even earlier the location manager is responsible to find the wished locations for the given budget.
So, the budget is known, the crew is hired, the actors are chosen and the locations are settled.

The schedule should be known by then, too. The only part is left is the actors studying their lines.

After this, the filming can begin. The crew has to be at a location on time and the first scene can be recorded.

Issues in the production or between crew members should be kept quiet, otherwise this will show the instability and this will make people feel uncomfortable. As a result this will lead to less good results.

 In case, some scenes did not work out as wished this has to be refilmed after the whole film has been shooten.

After, all of this is done, the editor is responsible for the cutting together.

This is the last step which has to be taken until this can be on screen.

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About The Author

Anna Korotkova (17) is an intern from Germany, Darmstadt (nearby Frankfurt). 

She was born in Moscow, Russia and lived there for a few years before she moved to Germany.

There she attends now the Europeschool Lichtenbergschule and will be graduated next year. After her graduation, she would like to attend either a Film-University or an acting & directing school. But, first she planned to work on a few more upcoming films.

Her first touch with films was in the year 2011 in which she worked at St. Georges Day distributed by Elstree Studios Productions. This year she is an intern at Raindance Film Festival over the summer.

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