- By Joy Davenport
- Published 05/24/2010
Creating a compelling independent film is a huge challenge, but it is also a great opportunity to express your vision and creativity to the world. If you’re planning an independent film, you’ll want to know how to get the best possible end result. There are plenty of ways to get more out of your production – here are some useful tips on making your independent film everything that you dream it can be: 1. Get Organized – Sometimes, creative people are not the most organized people around. While this generalization is not always accurate, you will need to develop some organization skills to make your production come in on time and on budget. The planning phase of your independent film should include a full, detailed budget, saved in a program like Excel, which allows for easy updates and changes. You should also consider pre-production – starting off on the right foot is extremely important.
2. Storyboards Are Crucial – If this is your first independent film, you should recognize the importance of polished storyboards that detail the action frame-by-frame. Old-fashioned paper storyboards are fading out of the picture…even 2d storyboard software is becoming dated. For the best possible storyboards, use digital storyboard software. With these programs, you can easily import images, or use pre-loaded artwork, characters, and backgrounds. Adding text, dialogue, and music will be a breeze. User-friendly storyboard software can allow you to avoid paying a live artist, and it will also allow you to craft your storyboard on your own time. With today’s hot new programs
, full storyboards can be created in mere minutes. The digital aspect is vital to spreading your film’s message on the Web – it’s so easy to share your work on a blog or website. Check out storyboard examples on the Internet. 3. Standing Our Requires A Distinct Vision – Whether you are making a low-budget horror film, a documentary, or a cartoon, you will need to establish a distinct “voice” for your project. With a flood of independent films vying for attention, you must give a lot of thought to the “feel” of your production. Camera angles, casting, your finished script, and your locations are all vital components. Use your storyboarding software to experiment with angles, backgrounds, and script changes. Get your vision as refined as you can before you put anything on film. It’s much easier to avoid mistakes in pre-production. Standing out will be easier when you’ve studied every aspect of your film from the very beginning. Don’t leave anything to chance here – your budget will soar and your vision will be diluted by stress and problems if you don’t have a clear template for your film.
4. Promotion Should Be Planned From The Outset – If you’re planning a film, you will need to promote it on your own. Promotion and marketing are incredibly important, and they can be challenging for anyone. You need to factor promotion into your film’s budget. If you’re looking for investors to ease the burden of paying for print ads, radio spots, or Internet promos, consider posting your digital storyboards on the Web. Source potential investors, send a polite introductory email, and a link directing them to your website. Get people interested in what you are doing from day one using a storyboard software.