Top 15 Mistakes Most Beginner Filmmakers Make
Beginners in the filmmaking industry are always making mistakes and this has led to boring or annoying movies or career crashes. No one would rate a badly produced movie well. But beginner filmmakers, this is for you. If you can know which mistakes to avoid, you will not make them in the first place.
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Here are the major mistakes beginner filmmakers make:
1) Producing a Weak Story
A weak story makes an actor aimless in a movie. It happens in some amateur movies where movie characters do not have clear-cut goals in the movie. And if the characters do not know what they are doing, the movie becomes boring and no one wants to see a boring movie.
2) Following Bad Scripts
Most amateur scripts do not match. There is no connection between the characters. And where there is no connection between characters, the movie won’t gel together. This happens when filmmakers rush.
3) Using Bad Sound
Imagine a film where you see the characters moving but you hear absolutely nothing. This is what happens when the sound is bad. It makes the film annoying.
3) Poor Casting Choice
The casting choice you make goes a long way to make a movie successful New filmmakers most times cast wrong characters for some roles. You cannot just give the role to anyone. You have to make the right choice or the film would be wacky.
4) Poor Shot Composition
The background of the movie actually helps makes a film interesting. In shot composition, there is what is called dead spaces. These spaces are just areas in a particular scene where no activity is taking place. It is not good to have too much dead space. The shots usually lack depth and balance.
5) White Walls
Most amateurs shoot movies with white walls everywhere. This is not good. It makes a movie look uninteresting. It removes flavor from the movie.
6) Poor Lightning
When the lighting is poor, you barely see what is happening and this is a turn-off.
7) Too Much Insert Shots
Insert shots is like zooming in your camera to emphasize something. It’s good but when it is overdone it destroys a film.
8) Time Wasting
This is when characters in a movie are lingering, that is they go about in a scene with unnecessary action which is unimportant to the movie.
9) Too Many Pauses
Most amateur movies do scene pauses a lot. You see two characters talking and the scene is paused for a bit to draw in the audience. This is good but when it is overdone it becomes a nuisance.
10) Poor Movement
When there is not enough motion in a scene it becomes boring. You see characters standing still for long minutes. This is bad for a movie.
11) Too Much Talking
Too much chit chat kills a movie.
12) Unnecessary Action
This is when action is done just for doing sake. Not all scenes require action.
13: Using Clichés
Clichés like people waking up from bed at the beginning of a movie. This is a bad move for an amateur filmmaker.
14) Use the Wrong Music
When the music does not match the scene, the music becomes a nuisance. And this is what most amateur filmmakers do.
15) Poor Creativity
Most beginners lack creativity and this leads to the production of very poor movies.
BONUS: Filmmaking Resources
- Martin Scorsese’s Film Directing MasterClass
- Ron Howard’s Film Directing MasterClass
- Filmmaking Hacks: Filmmaking Master Course
- Directing Actors Film Workshop
- USC Film School’s ONLY Online Course: Directing the Actor
- Film Lighting MasterClass
- Recording Sound for Indie Film
- The Art of Micro-Budget Filmmaking
- Cinematography MasterClass
- Film Festival Hacks: Submit Like a Pro
- Self-Distributing Your Film Online
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