Hints and Tips

Tips for Budding
Film Makers

3 minutes is all you have to grab our judges’ attention.
Here are a few hints and tips to help you.

The Message:

Think about what you want to say. Make your points as simply as possible. It may be better to stick to one theme such as housing or joblessness rather than trying to take on all the intergenerational issues that affect you. But what makes a good film can be different to different people. An original idea, a strong beginning and lack of repetition is key. Try to look at the brief from a different angle to avoid clichés and make your final message one that the judges will remember.

The Script:

The script is everything so keep it short and tight.
Test it out on friends and family to make sure it’s not over-written.

Production Values:

Whilst production values are important the judges will be looking more at the film as a whole so if you don’t have all the latest equipment don’t worry. The idea is more important than the equipment you use.

Art Direction:

Think about angles, backgrounds or locations that help you to tell your story. Lighting is also a powerful tool. How it falls and where it falls can underpin your film. Warm and cold light tell different stories.

Good Acting:

Be as objective as possible about the actors you use, if you use them. Getting friends involved might be a great idea but bad acting could destroy the chances of your film getting through the judging panel. Young aspiring actors need showcases so don’t be afraid to ask local acting colleges and students.

Keep It Clean and Legal:

Make sure you don’t infringe copyright with background music or copyrighted material. We will not be able to judge your work if you do infringe copyright in any way.
Don’t be rude or discriminatory.

Resources:

British Council

The BBC film network

The BBC’s related links to filmmaking organisations and communities

If you think smartphones aren’t an option, read this article in The Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2012/feb/09/filmmakers-turn-to-smartphones

Wikilink:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Short-Film