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Top Mistake # 2 Inadequate Planning
For an independent movie to be a success, the importance of the planning stage can not be stressedenough. Some new filmmakers feel like just “going with the flow” and making spontaneous decisionsas they go, which they later discover, at a great expense. These amateurs put in so much of their time in production when more experienced filmmakers actually spend around only 10% of their time in the production stage itself.A film's success is supported by many factors including the strength of its story and its overall quality.The development stage is where the filmmaker plans everything down to the smallest detail - from preproduction to the strategy that is going to be employed once the film is done. The screenplay isscrutinized and assessed for what it's value is going to be onscreen. Casting and crew are also decidedupon during the preproduction stage. It is also the time to make an estimate of the total budget neededfor the whole production, as well as marketing strategies.
Tips and Tricks: Actors and Location
Another important skill of a successful filmmaker is the ability to encourage his actors' bestperformance. Along with wardrobe and location mistakes, an error in casting or in the actingitself is a common mistake in production. Not every filmmaker can afford professional actors. Inthe case of new filmmakers, they usually ask friends or friends of friends to be their talents. Tobe able to make the best of your availaable cast, take note of the following tips:
Tone down theater actors.
It is a misconception that a good theater performer alsomakes a good movie actor. Theater actors are trained to make big movements and speakin loud volumes for the benefit of audiences sitting at the back of the theater house.Should you have no choice but to employ talents from theater, make sure their acting istoned down.
Of course, you can not just throw your best buddy in front of thecamera. Hold auditions to get an idea on whom suits which role. If you have to, holdauditions multiple times until you get the perfect persons to play your characters.
Rehearse rehearse rehearse.
Practice makes perfect, that will always be the goldenrule. Rehearse before you shoot so that you do not waste film (or camera battery)because of dialogue mistakes. Rehearsing with your actors is also a good way to bondwith your talents and build a good relationship with people you are working with. It alsoenables you to get a feel of how things are going to flow.
Keep the pressure off.
Allow some breathing space for your actors, especially the first-timers. They are more likely to forget their lines or make mistakes when they are notrelaxed.
Give specific directions.
Instead of instructing one actor “You are very angry andconfused in this scene,” try something along the lines of “In this scene, your mom died,several people are trying to talk to you at once, and you just broke your last cigarette in