How to Make your Film Professional

September 26, 2014 by · Comments Off on How to Make your Film Professional 

images-1I would like to go into detail about making, directing and producing  a professional film. There are 12 steps that one needs to pay particular attention to when creating a professional film.  If any one of them is deficient the film will suffer and lack professionalism.

If you become aware of the steps and what is needed in each one, the knowledge will help you shoot a professional film and you will find greater success and a bigger audience.

Our Four Month Film Course is based on these steps and every session teaches you how to professionally perfect each step.

Here are the 12 Steps.

1. Story
2. Screenplay
3. Casting
4. Locations and Art Department
5. Film Equipment
6. Crew
7. Film Director Preproduction
8. The Shoot
9. Picture Post Production
10. Music
11. Sound Postproduction
12. Audience

Yes, it all looks so easy when one places them in 12 sequential steps.  However, it takes diligent work and expert training to make your film professional.

 

Step One: Creating a High Quality Story that brings the audience on a journey. 

Story is the reason people go to the movies.  They go because they want to escape the world they are currently in and get taken on the journey with emphathetic or heroic characters.

It is so important that the Film Maker has a great story to tell.  Each one of the 4 Month Film Director’s Course stories is worked on in detail using our Story Creation Process.  This process creates a compelling story.  Till the story is created and locked down, no-one is allowed to write the screenplay.

This is a mistake that many people make when they are learning film making.  They spend very little time on the story and rush a screenplay.  Their focus is production and they rush headstrong into a shoot with a weak story and script.  This is a huge mistake.

Story is the soul and foundation of the film.  If it is wobbly, the whole film collapses into mediocrity or worst still, a stinker.

It pays dramatically to create a great story and one always needs to know how.  If this is an issue for you please enrol on our 4 Month Film Director’s Course and we will teach you our Story Creation Process.

One of the big issues with many films out there is that they seem more like a Talk Fest. Audiences want a story to move.  It is, after all, a  movie and there needs to be a journey with a roller coaster story events that totally engages the audience. Create a great story that engrosses your audience with heroic characters.

Stories about flawed characters who go on a journey are fascinating too.  Think ‘Breakingimages-3 Bad’ and the journey of the very flawed Walter White.  He transforms from geeky chemistry teacher to Head Boss of his own Drug Cartel.  It is a fascinating story with so many twists and turns.

Story is the bedrock of the final film, so make sure you work on the creation of the story to the best of your ability.

In very simplistic terms, a character should have a strong high stakes objective that is exceptionally difficult to achieve.  With many challenges and difficulties and always the unexpected, the hero goes on the journey.  Against impossible odds the hero either wins outright at the end or something better or more bitter sweet happens.

The above is a simplistic summary of how story works.  We make sure our Film Course Students get it when they are creating the stories on the 4 Month Film Director’s Course.

After spending, say, one week working on your 10 minute short story or two months working on your feature film story, you should know every story event backwards and have locked down the complete story logic and journey.

At this point, you will be ready for he next step, Step 2: Writing the Screenplay.  This next step will be much quicker if you have worked on your story in detail.

Step 2: Writing and formatting a Screenplay next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making your Film Professionally

September 26, 2014 by · Comments Off on Making your Film Professionally 

images-1I would like to go into detail about making, directing and producing  a professional film. There are 12 steps that one needs to pay particular attention to when creating a professional film.  If any one of them is deficient the film will suffer and lack professionalism.

If you become aware of the steps and what is needed in each one, the knowledge will help you shoot a professional film and you will find greater success and a bigger audience.

Our Four Month Film Course is based on these steps and every session teaches you how to professionally perfect each step.

Here are the 12 Steps.

1. Story
2. Screenplay
3. Casting
4. Locations and Art Department
5. Film Equipment
6. Crew
7. Film Director Preproduction
8. The Shoot
9. Picture Post Production
10. Music
11. Sound Postproduction
12. Audience

Yes, it all looks so easy when one places them in 12 sequential steps.  However, it takes diligent work and expert training to make your film professional.

 

Step One: Creating a High Quality Story that brings the audience on a journey. 

Story is the reason people go to the movies.  They go because they want to escape the world they are currently in and get taken on the journey with emphathetic or heroic characters.

It is so important that the Film Maker has a great story to tell.  Each one of the 4 Month Film Director’s Course stories is worked on in detail using our Story Creation Process.  This process creates a compelling story.  Till the story is created and locked down, no-one is allowed to write the screenplay.

This is a mistake that many people make when they are learning film making.  They spend very little time on the story and rush a screenplay.  Their focus is production and they rush headstrong into a shoot with a weak story and script.  This is a huge mistake.

Story is the soul and foundation of the film.  If it is wobbly, the whole film collapses into mediocrity or worst still, a stinker.

It pays dramatically to create a great story and one always needs to know how.  If this is an issue for you please enrol on our 4 Month Film Director’s Course and we will teach you our Story Creation Process.

One of the big issues with many films out there is that they seem more like a Talk Fest. Audiences want a story to move.  It is, after all, a  movie and there needs to be a journey with a roller coaster story events that totally engages the audience. Create a great story that engrosses your audience with heroic characters.

Stories about flawed characters who go on a journey are fascinating too.  Think ‘Breaking Bad’ and the journey of the very flawed Walter White.  He transforms from geeky chemistry teacher to Head Boss of his own Drug Cartel.  It is a fascinating story with so many twists and turns.

Story is the bedrock of the final film, so make sure you work on the creation of the story to the best of your ability.

In very simplistic terms, a character should have a strong high stakes objective that is exceptionally difficult to achieve.  With many challenges and difficulties and always the unexpected, the hero goes on the journey.  Against impossible odds the hero either wins outright at the end or something better or more bitter sweet happens.

The above is a simplistic summary of how story works.  We make sure our Film Course Students get it when they are creating the stories on the 4 Month Film Director’s Course.

After spending, say, one week working on your 10 minute short story or two months working on your feature film story, you should know every story event backwards and have locked down the complete story logic and journey.

At this point, you will be ready for he next step, Step 2: Writing the Screenplay.  This next step will be much quicker if you have worked on your story in detail.

Step 2: Writing and formatting a Screenplay next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Final 4 Month Film Directors Course – Special Announcement

September 9, 2014 by · Comments Off on The Final 4 Month Film Directors Course – Special Announcement 

Newsletter for The Independent Film Centre September 10th 2014 

This year has been a great year with our move to the Independent Film Centre.  It has images-1been very exciting.  I would like to announce that major changes are on the way as we change what we do at Sydney Film Base and the Independent Film Centre.

The final 4 Month Film Directors Course will be taking place between October 2014  - January 2015.  We will not have any 4 Month Film Courses in 2015.  So grab the last chance to do this amazing course right now.

If you are putting it off, please book in right away with the last few places as the course will no longer be presented after this final one.  It is an amazing course and it is a wonderful opportunity to go through the process of Film Making.  See some of the films made on the course on this page.

The Final one is going to be a blast as we are making it the goal of the best ever 4 MonthStudents-on-Set- Film Course Film Production for the final course.  If this excites you, get in fast while there is still places left.

We are moving in wonderful new directions and focusing on new activities.

  1. We will have a Feature Film Production in 2015 which will take up a considerable amount of time in the new year.
  2. We are starting One-on-One Film Makers Coaching with Colm O’Murchu - about 5 Places are available.
  3. Short Speciality Courses in technical training will happen during the year.
  4. Weekend Masterclass with A List Aussie Film Makers presenting.

Please let me know which one of these is of interest to you.  The One-on-One Coaching is a great way to keep your productions and projects on time and on course.  One-on-One Coaching will mean that you can be coached in any specific area that you need advancement in, or project advise for, your film production.  Also, the coaching will make sure you keep on track and on target with your film productions.  Please email back if this of interest as we will only take 5 people at a time.

As you can see there is considerable change.  Please do not miss out on the opportunity of enrolling on the 4 MonthFilm Directors Course.

Very best regards

Colm O’Murchu

Colm O’Murchu is an active film maker and film instructor at Australian Film Base.  He is also the owner and regularly blogs about film making.