Secrets to Getting Ideas For Your Movie

Secrets to Getting Ideas For Your MovieOne of the most important, and sometimes one of the hardest things when you are starting out is getting ideas. Follow our filmmaking tips to get inspiration for your movie.

You may be full of ideas, and if so, more power to you. But, a lot of times that can be a hang up to getting started. If you have been knocking your head against the wall to come up with something then these tips are for you.

1. Real Life Examples:

I know you may be thinking that everyday life is not all that exciting. But that’s where you are wrong. The show Law & Order for example, admits to using the headlines for coming up with a lot of their storylines.

You’ve heard the saying that “truth is stranger than fiction”, and that can definitely be true. How many times have you heard someone tell a story that was so extraordinary that you know they couldn’t have made it up?

There are certainly headlines every day about crime, adultery, health scares and human interest stories, etc. Have you ever seen a movie about an epidemic? Outbreak, for example? Think of the bird flu outbreak and how that could provide ideas for someone to make a movie about a bird flu epidemic. Anyway, there have been a number of movies based on epidemics.

2. Check out what’s been done already:

Tons of movies have been done that were remakes of old movies. That’s not even mentioning all the ones that are similar in plot to another movie that’s already been made. Or adding a different twist to the ending of a familiar story.

Sit down and go through lists of old movies and see if you can get some inspiration. You don’t have to come up with something that is totally unique, just your unique version of a successful, proven to be crowd pleasing movie.

3. Look at history:

Past events can offer a lot of ideas for inspiration. There are more wars than I can count, for example. The Bible has certainly had a lot of movies based on it. Historical movies interest a lot of people and could be a good place for you to start if you are at all into history.

4. Think of categories:

You can come up with a list of categories for all kinds of ideas.

Categories like:

Romances
Comedies
Suspense
War movie
Crime stories
Science Fiction
Spy flicks
Biographies

There are a lot more, but that gives you an idea. If you find yourself drawn to a particular category then come up with a movie that fits into that category.

Stick with what you love and the ideas will come easier.

Tips for Using Movies to Help Learn a New Language

Tips for Using Movies to Help Learn a New LanguageUsing Movies for Language Learning

Almost everyone loves movies. From action and adventure seekers to comedy or animated features to Romance and Westerns, there is a genre for you. You can follow the exploits of Indiana Jones and his search for ancient treasures or an odd couple of robots trekking their way through the galaxy. You can enjoy an emotional love story or split your sides laughing at a variety of antics by man or animals alike. You can also use movies to help learn a foreign language. Here are five tips to get you started.

Tip 1 Try Mimicking Select a character in the movie you identify with; the dashing, daring hero or the pretty, coquettish damsel in distress. Perhaps the supporting characters are more to your taste; the humorous side-kick, a brazen in-law or mischievous youngster. Pick one, then practice speaking their lines in a scene or segment from the movie. Be sure to imitate accent, tone and expressions as closely as you can.

Tip 2 Use a movie DVD The format most useful for you will likely be one which allows you to stop, start and repeat segments of the movie dialogue at will. If you don’t understand a sentence or phrase, stop, rewind and listen again. Do this repeatedly until your brain engages and you “get it” or try asking for help from a friend, teacher or native speaker if necessary. Using a DVD for this is less risky than using a tape. Celluloid tape can ultimately develop wear if a section is repeatedly rewound and played over and over again.

Tip 3 Use a short scene or segment Rather than try to “do” an entire movie as practice, why not select a dramatic scene with plenty of dialogue spoken by the character you’re mimicking? It’ll be much faster to repeat, simpler to memorize and easier to practice with. You can try staging the scene for yourself, adding dialogue, asking questions and even taking the roles of other characters in the scene. Once you’ve “mastered” a scene, go through and choose another from the movie. Then repeat the process to get more practice yet. Quite possibly, there are two, three or even more scenes which can inspire you to frequent practice helping you to learn your new language even faster.

Tip 4 Listen and Repeat Remember that your technique can be a simple one, just listen and repeat. If you truly want to take the process further, imitate body language, gestures and movements of your character as well. It’s important to get timing, rhythm and intonation as close to the original as you can. Language rhythm with speed, pausing and tonality are typically well illustrated when using movies for language learning purposes. You should be trying to mimic the actions, gestures and speech of the character as closely as you can for maximum language learning effect.

Tip 5 First be him, then be her Practice being different characters to help round out your foreign language speaking skills. If you’re a male, don’t be skittish about practicing female characters. If you’re a female, don’t neglect practice with male speaking roles. In many film genres, there are scenes involving extensive dialogue between a man and woman. These can be especially useful for their rich dialogue content. First be him for multiple practice sessions, then be her for a few practice sessions more. Soap Operas are particularly good for this and usually contain dramatic content to enhance the dialogue. No slapping, fist fights, cat fights or violence, please!

Use Movies for Foreign Language Practice

However you decide to do so, using movies for language practice is an excellent way to deepen your cultural knowledge, improve your use of idioms, expressions and vocabulary in context. It’s a great way to generally boost your speaking and listening comprehension abilities too. These five tips can help get you started beginning with the very next movie you decide to watch.

Tips on Writing a Movie Review

Tips on Writing a Movie ReviewWriting a movie review is simple and fun. We all love to watch a good film and most of us would like to know what other people’s opinions are on a film before we waste a couple of hours of or lives watching something that we just don’t enjoy. So writing a review on that film you just watched will help another person to make a decision. I will show you some tips for writing a good film review.

We all have different perspectives on a film after watching it, and everyone will have an opinion on the movie they have just watched. Writing a review so that other people can see your opinion could be beneficial and also helps you get your feelings about the film off your chest.

If you’re interested in writing movie reviews for profit or just for fun you will find that it isn’t as difficult as you think. There are just a few steps to follow to share your opinions on the latest film.

You can catch up on the latest films in all manner of ways these days; you could easily purchase cheap DVDs online. The Amazon market place has a huge selection of movies to choose from. You could even stream movies online.

Once you have selected your movie, get familiar with its context. So before you have even seen the movies you should get yourself familiar with it. Have some idea about the actors in the film like what films they have done in the past? Have they won any awards for past performances, are they known for a certain style? Etc. Is the movie based on any historical event or book? Other things that would be useful to note is, is the film a sequel or a remake? By learning this information about the film means you will be able to make some comparisons in your review, like the actors performance in this film compared to pass performances, or how the remake compares to the original.

Once you have seen the movie you will most likely have a lot to say about the film. Formulate your opinion of the film into one sentence to give your overall rating of the film. this will give your readers an instant idea of what you thought of the film. This will also form the foundation of your movie review. Starting your review with things such as “I thought this was an excellent movie because…” or “I didn’t like this comedy because…” would be a good idea.

In writing a review one important tip is grab your reader immediately. This tip applies to most forms of writing. You will want to have the reader interested in what you have to say in the first few lines of your review. One idea is to start with a good quote from the movie; you could explain how this quote reflects the movie. You could also compare this film to other well-known films in the same category, or talk about the actor/actors performance in this film compared to other films they have been in, then end the paragraph with your opinion on the movie.

Now talk about the movie briefly, but don’t give away any key things about the movie. Most professional reviews always include a recap of the film because most readers will want to know a little bit about the film and get the general idea of what the film is about. You can talk about the basics of the film and give a brief outline of how the film builds but don’t give away key moments and definitely don’t give away the ending. Keep the synopsis brief as your readers will be more interested in what your opinion of the film is.

You should back up you opinion of the film with specifics. Explain exactly why you didn’t think the film stood up alongside other films in its category, or why you thought the film dragged on too long. Mention scenes that you thought were not necessary, or didn’t make sense; you could also mention what you thought of the script backed up with quotes from the film.

Keep your review interesting, whether you are writing about a film that you didn’t enjoy or a film that you thought was the best film ever the idea is to keep your reader interested. The reader will want to know exactly why you thought this film was so great or why it’s not worth watching. From start to finish your review should be engaging, but also be concise.

Give an honest review of the movie. Writing a movie review should not be used as a tool to turn everyone against a film or vent anger about your wasted hours watching it. If you write an honest in depth review of a film then it should be left up to the reader as to whether the still wish to watch the film or not.

So go on, write that review. The internet could do with more well written and honest movie reviews.

Budget Filmmaking Tips

Budget Filmmaking TipsMovie making has been liberalized with the advancement of digital technology. Today, anyone can possibly make a film easily as long as they know how to tell their story in the medium of the camera. Here are some of the preparations on prior to filming:

First of all the producer or the director who have the same level of creativity for the cinema, create a movie project. The director makes his or her own work on the script to transform this work into a shootable movie script.

If not they are the same person, the director together with the producer, works on the budgeting and decides on the selection of the art group; actors, cameraman, musician. Together with the director, the art group will be the main crew under the control of the producer.

The director tells the actors this movie project, and distribute the script to them so that they can read it and make rehearsals.

At the same time the director builds a team for the preparations; to handle the research, permissions, decor and costume preparations.

After deciding on the artistic decisions, it is now time for preparation plan prior to shooting. Generally 2-6 months later the decision to start a movie is taken, the shooting process is started. This period is for the decor and costume preparations, actor rehearsals, script corrections, and distributor agreements.

After the completion of the preparations, now it is time to start to shoot this movie which usually takes around 4-10 weeks.

How To Make Low Budget Movies

Having a low budget is not an obstacle for shooting a movie. Indeed there are some movies which is not even true to have big budgets and include very important actors to shoot these movies. The taste of such movies to catch big success in a limited area.

There are important examples of low budget movies with great success which are shot by usually a group of friends, with unprofessional young actors and a small camera.