19th July 2017
- The script – The first rule taught to screenwriters is that a ‘new story’ doesn’t exist. This is so because storytelling is an art which has existed since pre-historic times. Each tale since then is just a repetition of the same idea. Don’t get discouraged. The solution is to put a creative slant to the same idea. You might have to defy the trends that may exist in the current filmmaking scenario. When your ‘gut’ tells you that this is it, just go ahead and you will see the wonders. For example, in The Blair Witch Project, the screen was left blank for several seconds in many scenes. This was unheard of at that time.
- Characters – Once you have the perfect script in your hand, the next thing is creating and casting the perfect actors. An audience always looks for a connection with the on-screen personas, so it is important to humanize them to some extent. For example, in Paranormal Activity, the makers used humor as an element of connection. Image Credits: Flickr
- Distribution – Usually, distribution happens through a single sales agent to distributors who purchase rights to ‘all media’ in their area. Such a model of distribution has almost become obsolete. The huge number of films being made, new platforms for distribution, piracy, and so on are some of the contributing factors for this. So, as far as a low budget film goes, they should opt for a hybrid model where the sales agent does the distribution, but some rights (like online) are kept by the filmmaker.