Every aspiring filmmaker have an ultimate dream of making a movie worthy of a blockbuster label but in reality, it is not a walk in the park; it is actually an uphill climb where many did not able to reach the top.
I know why you ended up reading this article, you are probably a young aspiring director who wants to improve your directing and filmmaking skills but does not have any idea where and how to start, lucky for you we interviewed renowned independent film director Logan Sekulow, the man behind the re-launching of Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram Studios in 2014 and asked him for some important tips that will help improve your directorial skills.
Before you proceed reading these important tips, take a little of your time to know about Sekulow. He is a 32-year old Stone Mountain, Georgia native who was known for his hosting, writing, and career in Nickelodeon in both Florida and New York who directed two critically acclaimed films entitled “As Dreamers Do” and the documentary “Welcome Home, Dick Van Dyke” which earned praises and became entries of several film festivals around the United States.
Here are the tips to hone your directorial and filmmaking skills to the next level that will help you reach far beyond.
- BE YOUR OWN CRITIC- Many successful filmmakers consider this tip an important one because this will give you the realization that you are not perfect and in this way, you can point out your own shortcomings and in that way, you can start to make improvements. Start by gathering all your films, get a piece of paper and watch all of it and write down all the flaws that the films have by focusing on the dialogues, cinematography, film and sound editing and determine its flaws.
- TAKE TIME TO FOCUS ON EACH SKILL SEPARATELY- If you want to improve your skills in filmmaking do not mix all aspects of it in a single time, instead, you should focus on a particular aspect and improve your skills there before proceeding to another one. Start with the most difficult aspect; if you’re weak in making dialogues, spend most of your time on it before you can proceed to the next one. In this way, you can focus on one thing without any distraction and prevent your mind from being divided into a lot of priorities.
- ASK SOME FEEDBACKS- Asking feedbacks to people who work in the same industry much better to talk to veteran directors who are willing to give their feedback to your films or create a logbook for feedbacks. No matter how harsh the people’s comments will be, you should treat it as part of learning something new.
- MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AVAILABLE EQUIPMENT- Being a good director does not mean that you have to obtain all the latest and most advanced gears for filmmaking. In fact, most of the great movies that make sense are shot with an average filmmaking camera minus the special effects and other computer-generated graphics that you see in many Hollywood films. It’s all about the cinematography’s angles and frames and you can achieve this when you practice a lot. Even a go pro camera can make you a short film but still, the most important part of it is the content of the film.