What’s Your Filmmaking Style?
*Pictures feature Zhu Zi Xiao, a Mainland Chinese actor/model who played one of the F4 in Meteor Shower. He’s cute ain’t he? 😉 And no, he doesn’t have anything to do with this post.
Aspiring filmmakers! What kind of filming style do you take on? Here’s how to use your style to your advantage.
You take the reins of your film. You’re hard to please and a bit egoistic. You like surprises, so when inspiration hits you, you’ll add in more hours for your crew and yourself to add a scene or two to make the film perfect. However actors will want to be under your care if they want to be apart of the masterpiece you’re doing. I’m not the only one who believes that. James Cameron is famous – for movies, sure, but also widely-noted for his temperamental, perfectionist ways as film director. You like to be harsh and picky on set, but if your output gives you more than the work you put in (tons of profits), nobody complains. Now, this type of FMs will butt heads with stubborn staff and actors a lot, because both of you will have your own interpretations or ideas on how you can take the story. I know I certainly belong to this category, especially the part about butting heads haha.
You’ll do well to find yourself real people people – as in likeable folks – to compose your film crew leaders. That way, your short comings that actors might complain about will be coated with these friendly, amicable staff. It’s okay to criticize your actors on their shortcomings, but take the time to note their good points too.
You’re nice, accommodating to your actors, and you like letting your crew know exactly what you’re about to do before you do it. For example, you want to get a certain camera angle shot, so you say “So I’m going to pan over to your left and film a shot of you eating bibimbap.”
You’re the kind of filmmaker (FM for short) who will go out of your way to make sure everyone is involved in the project. You also like to leave a lot of freedom for your actors for their own interpretation of film scenes. However one of your pitfalls is doing last-minute shots.
While freedom to interpret sounds relieving to whoever collaborates with you, be aware that if you let too many outside influences change your script, this might negatively affect your final product.
Never lose track of your story. You are definitely doing well to give your actors breathing room to expand their creativity as well as yours, but you want to have a very clear image of what you want for your film. Your goals for your film are important. Also if you are scriptless, at least have an outline of all your scenes ready – what would be cool is to grab a artist from your group and have him or her sketch the scenes out to give everyone a great visual reminder of the tone of the film.
Disclaimer: I am not an expert at this field.