The One Thing You Need for Film Making

on-the-setWe live in a wonderful age of technology; a time when anyone can pick up a camera and make a movie. It’s amazing, fabulous, incredible… but it has put a lot of focus on equipment.

It seems almost every man and his dog in the low budget filmmaking world is talking about which camera they should choose? Which format or lenses should they shoot with?

Frankly all this BS drives me totally nuts! Guys please listen, stop wasting all your energy on techy camera pros and cons.

Here’s a little secret… Most audiences these days can’t tell the difference between digital or film, they don’t know the difference between a ARRI Alexa or a Box Brownie! What’s more, most of them don’t actually give a damn what the hell the movie was shot on. What’s far more important is whether you are giving them what they really need. A compelling STORY with believable CHARACTERS.

So what’s the most important bit of gear you need to make an amazing movie?

The most important piece of equipment you need in your arsenal is a good IMAGINATION and what’s more, an understanding of how to translate that imagination onto the big screen. Forget your codecs, forget your lenses and bit rates: stories is what this game is all about and if you can create compelling stories you’ll be on the road to success in no time at all.

Gear can be bought, rented or borrowed, but imagination and creativity cannot.

OK stop screaming at me, I know the visuals are vitally important, after all this IS a visual medium but it’s not just about a little black box with a lens stuck on the front, it’s about the skill of the person operating it but even more importantly it’s the STORY and how you EXECUTE IT that really matters. So go out and there and buy whatever camera you can afford in the HD range, and get on with it. That’s it. End of discussion!

Ridley Scott once said “Once you crack the script, everything else follows.” At 76 years of age he’s still making incredible movies. He’s a master filmmaker so if you don’t take it from me perhaps he can convince you!

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