This will be the last post under the making of The Impossible Murder. The movie is locked and finished, marketing materials are prepared and authorized, and the censor certificate is in place. What next? Actually, the biggest mistake every filmmaker makes (including yours truly) is to not ask this question at the time of writing […]
Post production on The Impossible Murder took one year. First it went to a post-house (I won’t name them) who promised to do the editing, VFX, grading and sound mixing for a reasonable fee. After paying them a hefty advance, I learnt their editor was doing multiple jobs at the same time. The editing took […]
Completing a film shoot on time and under budget is an act of sheer will. I won’t be going into the details of what a shoot entails. However, here’s a list of things to watch out for: The tighter the schedule, the lesser the time to think. The more well-planned you are, the more freedom […]
If nothing else, an independent filmmaker must: Provide adequate, tasty and nutritious meals to all its cast and crew members, never treating anybody with prejudice as regards their designation, skill or experience. Provide comfortable travel (even if cheap), and ensure the cast and crew don’t have to struggle to find a location or place of […]
A film crew is made up of many people, of varying skills, with different goals in life. The ability to bring them together to achieve a common objective is a valuable one indeed. Movies that have the budget make this happen by throwing around money. There are too many experienced and talented professionals without work, […]
This post will concentrate on how you go about finding actors. The single-most important element in a movie (sometimes even more important than the director), is the casting. If your actors suck, no matter what else you do, the movie will fail (at least on a critical level). Therefore, be wise in your casting choices, […]
In the final part of the technology series, let us talk about post production. Post production involves the following steps: NLE (non-linear editing software) Titles and Motion Graphics Software VFX (visual effects) Software Grading and finishing software Authoring Software Hardware for all of the above Sound Editing and mixing software Sound Editing and mixing hardware […]
Let’s talk about sound. I consider sound to be more important than your visuals. One can create great visuals for a particular scene; but even if the scene is shot with a consumer camcorder with available light, if the acting is right and the script is taut, then it wouldn’t matter. The only thing that […]
In this post, I will outline the process I used to find my camera
The question is simple: can we create the same look and feel of big-budgeted feature films using technology that is cheaper?
As of writing this article, the simple and unpopular answer is: No, we can’t.