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A few small steps will get me there.

1. What I need first is an idea, a theme, a story.

There are a number of ways to come up with one. I either am very creative and already have a million ideas. Then I have to sort out which one I'm going to make into a film, or I don't have any and I have to find one. Either way, I'll need to get creative and get it organized. HERE' s HOW.

2. I want to tell that story in an entertaining way, so people will want to see it. So I need a script.

OK, I know what I want, but I'll need a script to show everyone else involved what I mean and how it will look. I'll use the script to get an idea about the costs and the logistics. It's a good way to get people involved and excited about my story. (even a bad script can get you on the road.)

3. Who needs an agent? Go indy! I'll skip this part for now.

Why spend 10 million of somebody else's money and work like mad, when all I need is a few simple things: a camera, some lights and the streets? i'll just do it and get noticed.

4. Indy Producing & Budgeting.

Cut the costs. FInd free places and tools and bring the movie in under budget. A sure way to get a profit when it's all set and done.

5. Casting Actors.

I can' afford A-talent or B-talent? So what? Find new talent. It's not easy, but when I do it: I am  the star! And it's a good way to meet a lot of interested people. Get people you know, you worked before: just ask.

6. Directing (just Ins & Outs)

What does a director do? How does he do it? What does he not want to do. Relax and you can do it. Think of a million things, but do it one by one. get the emotions right and you get everything right. What's an axis? Relaxis!

7. Sets, Costumes, Props.

Where to find what and how to bring it all alive?

8. Lights, Sound, Camera ?

You'll need a few tools to get the shooting doen. But there are an awfull lot of camera's lying around in closets. They may be old, but they're still working. Find one on EBAY. I know it' s possible, I sold a few 16 mm myself.

9. Action!

Bring it all together on the day. Keep to a tight schedule, and go for better not for great. The difference between good, better, great ! is a few million dollars. Don't think you can fix it in editing. If it's wrong here, it will be wrong later. Get it right. Keep one day to do some final reshooting: you'll be happy you did.

10. Cut! all about editing.

Got everything in the can. Start cutting it. Cut, recut and recut again. Let it rest and recut. Check and discuss with somebody who knows but isn't otherwise involved in your film. So not the crew or the cast but an outsider.

11. Do your reshooting: just a few shots, no scenes ! Or you'll end up doing your whole film again.  Back to editing and PLAY-OUT. 

12. Do a few sneak previews -but not with your parents, friend or neighbours. Out of town with people you DON'T KNOW. Trust me, they'll be honest about it in a friendly way. And you'll still be able to sleep at night.

11. At the movies on a screen near you.

Cold feet, wet hands and tremors? No, you know you have done what needed to be done. The film is all ready and that's it. 


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