THE THREE NON-TECHNICAL ELEMENTS TO MAKING A GREAT FILM
When it comes to making a great film, short or feature, there are numerous elements that have to be considered. For example, your crew, equipment, locations, editing, etc.
However, in this article we will consider The 3 Non-Technical Elements To Making A Great Film. These three elements are not technically related to filmmaking but rather, artistically related to filmmaking.
When these 3 elements are correctly unified your ultimate result will be a great film.
Without further ado:
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1) COHERENT STORY
First and foremost, your story must be coherent. That is, your story needs to stick together. The stories world needs to be believable. And for the stories world to be believable the story needs to be coherent and consistent.
The story needs to be coherent because the viewer wants and will look to make logical sense of the world the story is being told in. If the viewer can’t make logical sense of the story the viewer will tune out of your story because, as impressive as it may be, it’s not believable.
2) PURPOSEFUL DIRECTING
No two directors will ever direct the same story in the same way, that’s just a matter of fact. However, what great directors do is they direct purposefully. That is, there are meaning to their camera angles, their shots, camera framing, etc.
The great directors become so knowledgeable of the story that they even make shot selections for specific lines of scenarios. The great directors don’t just have 5 cameras rolling and then they select the best shots for editing. No. Many of the great directors, especially for dialogue scenes, shoot with only one camera. That is because they don’t want to compromise lighting and because they know exactly what shots they want for each line that is being delivered by actors.
For more on directing purposefully read Single Camera Setup: Purpose In Directing.
3) CONVINCING ACTING
This could of very well been the first point we mentioned – convincing acting! If your viewers aren’t convinced that your actors live in the world of the story and are who the story says they are, you’ve lost. You’ve lost because you’ve lost them, the viewers.
Your actors need to be immersed in their characters. They need to become their characters…and all without acting. The viewer always knows when your actors are acting, they’re not supposed to.
The viewer needs to be unaware that the actors are acting. It’s the only way to convince them that the character(s) are real.
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