Subject Matter and Purpose

No matter what the film, and no matter who is supporting it, it is essential that the boundaries of the topic and the purpose of the film be clarified from the start. As I've already mentioned, you must aim for a target definition or basic assertion that states clearly what the film is about, what it is trying to say and to whom, and what it hopes to achieve. You must be absolutely clear on these matters before participating in any meetings. This target definition isn't just for the sponsor; it will also keep your thinking on track as the film progresses.

You also have to be clear about what you want the film to do. If it has a multiplicity of purposes, you should know clearly what they are. Is it meant as a TV current affairs film? Is it meant to comment on and inform on a political crisis? Will it merely entertain? Will it help in fund-raising? Will it alarm the population to a hidden danger and shake them from their complacency, like The War Game does? Will it instruct? Is it meant to change certain habits and behaviors? Is it meant to illuminate and track strange human behavior? You may want the film to do all these things or none of them, but you must be sure of your central purpose from the beginning.

In these early discussions, if the film is not your own personal project, you also need to probe the sponsors' attitude to the subject. Why are they interested? What do they want? Ideally, their interests and attitudes will coincide with your own, but that is not always the case. Therefore, it is best to flush out any sponsor reservations on the subject at the beginning, rather than be surprised by them later, at some cost to the film.

Film Making

Film Making

If you have ever wanted the secrets to making your own film, here it is: Indy Film Insider Tips And Basics To Film Making. Have you ever wanted to make your own film? Is there a story you want to tell? You might even think that this is impossible. Studios make films, not the little guy. This is probably what you tell yourself. Do you watch films with more than a casual eye? You probably want to know how they were able to get perfect lighting in your favorite scene, or how to write a professional screenplay.

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