LESSON ONE - 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO OR HAVE TO BE A SUCCESSFUL FILMMAKER
Welcome to the 2 Day Short Mini Film Course
My name is Colm O’Murchu from International Film Base and Australian Film Base.
This is a Free Two Day Mini Film Course with Multiple Videos. Please allow about 45 minutes per day.
- What does it take to become and Successful Film Maker or Film Director? Video One
- How to Find Mentorship Video Two – 10 Minutes
- Professional Film Equipment itemised
with Mobile Phones Cameras. Video Three – 10 Minutes
- Film Shots and Actor Blocking A Director Prepares Video Four – 30 Minutes
- The Roadmap to your Success Video Five – 10 minutes
- Just do it Make Your Film Now Video Six – 5 Minutes
Just a quick background on who we are: International Film Base and the Flagship 5 Month Filmmaking Course Online
We run successful live 5 Month Film Courses in Sydney and Melbourne \and hundreds of Films have been made on our Film Course.
We have now launched the Online Five Month Film Course where anyone can take our amazing film course from any part of the world.
The outcome is that you will make a movie over the next five months. Please see video lower down in the page.
Lesson One - Count down the Five Most Important Attributes to Become a Successful Indie Filmmaker.
And at Number 1 Mentorship You need a successful filmmaker to show you the way to succeed. Not everyone can find a Mentor from the film industry. This takes time and effort.
Please Play Video One ref the Mentorship and the Five Month Filmmaking Course
2 Passion. You need to have passion for Making Films and be passionate about movies. Every successful filmmaker has passion for filmmaking
3 Persistence Every successful filmmaker has this characteristic. They keep going now matter how much rejection they have to take.
4 Your Network. You need to learn how to build your network. We teach this on our 5 Month Filmmaking Course
5 Learn Knowledge. You need to learn how to Make a Film. You need to learn how to Make a Film the Professional Way. You will learn how to make a Film on the Five Month Film Course.
What does it take to Make a Low or Micro-Budget Film that gets seen by a Worldwide Audience.You can make your Film Now.
It is only a matter of committing to making the film. The very first thing to do is set a Deadline for your Shoot.
When starting out it is important to consider the following Steps
Step One: Spend as Little Money as possible and use every resource you have, when making your first films.
it helps if you have multiple filmmaking skills in your toolbox.
Example Writing the Script and also Editing your own Film.
Having these two skills saves you so much money and angst in the process of making films. These Particular Skills we teach on our Flagship 5 Month Film Course
You need the Right Mindset: Do you feel excited about making a film that gets seen all around the world either in Film Festivals or Online.?
I always suggest the following goals.
- Short 10 Minute Film GOAL — 20 International Film Festivals – 4 Awards –
One Million People. watch your film online.
You might think this is an impossible Goal. Think again. We have seen this happen frequently.
- 90 Minute Feature Film —- 20 International Film Festivals – 5 Awards – 10 Million People or More watch your feature Film around the World.
There is one number that you need to specify.
The Eyeball Goal for your Film. What is the Eyeball Goal.
This is the number of people that will see your film in its lifetime.
For your Short Film you might set the Eyeball Goal at One Million People or more .
Your Feature Film , you could set the eyeball goal at 10 Million or more or even a 100 million or more. This means the amount of people who watch your film, your creation
Make it exciting and way more than you could imagine. This will drive your work. Set the goal and you will always get a much bigger audience. Set a tiny goal and no one but your family will watch it.
What if my film only achieves half the eyeball goal?
“Only 500,000 people watched my film in year one and not a million.”
I hear some of my students saying.
Please take the glass half full approach and not the glass half empty approach.
You have had great success. Think of a hundred thousand people in a stadium. The crowd looks huge and then 5 times that crowd have watched your Film. Come on That is amazing.
And it is only Year One. That will possibly happen again in Year Two with the same film. You are getting noticed. And you get into 20 Film Festivals.
Aim Big and see where you end up. It will be much further than if you Aim Small.
You can do the above provided you have the following:
- Mindset to Make a Film —> Now over the next Five Months.
You need to have a clear and present goal that you want to achieve. The Goal is this. Make and Complete a Ten Minute Short Film in Five Months
The Goal is this Make and Complete a 90 Minute Feature Film in 18 Months . And in both cases you want to Get your film seen worldwide in Film Festivals and Online by millions of people.
- Mindset to Make a Film —> Now over the next Five Months.
- Mentorship —-> You will need mentorship from experienced filmmakers. Otherwise, you will end up lost. You can find a very successful filmmaker and ask them for advise.
Or even better you can join the Flagship Five Month Filmmaking Course, whose sole goal is to guide you from the beginning with a Story Idea to a completed Ten Minute Film that gets seen in Film Festivals and Online. We can be your Experienced Mentor and your Guide as you Make the Film.
- Money – How much do you need. We will show you how to Make your Film for the least amount of Money. There are different levels.
I had no Budget raised, when I started making the Feature Film. Tabernacle 101 ( trailer seen in above video) was cash-flowed with small amounts of money and over two years it cost 50K which came from different sources over that time.
The Film was Cash-flowed. In About 30K in Year One over time and 20K in Year Two over time.
That averaged in Year One about $2.5 K per Month or $577 Per Week.
I had the mindset that I would make the film, no matter what and having no money was not going to be barrier or a reason not to.
Literally we had no money to make it at the start of the film production. We had Zero Budget
But over the two years we used these amazing techniques to attract the money and get the film made and now it has won 15 Best Film Awards and being selected in 30 International Film Festivals
You will need a Filmmakers Mindset , Mentorship and a small amount of money that can be cash flowed as you shoot.
Decide now and once for all that I am going to Make A Film starting today and completing on a Set Date. Say to yourself ‘I am a Filmmaker and I will Now Make Films starting today.
The Eight Pillars of Every Completed Film is as follows.
- Screenplay: Create and Write Your Screenplay
- Cast: Organise a Casting and Cast the best actors available.
- Crew: Find the best available Crew
- Locations: Source the best Locations and Make them look Great.
- Film Equipment; Buy or Rent Film equipment for your Shoot
- The Shoot: —- Organise and Execute a Great Shoot
- Post Production: – Editing – Colouring – Sound Track – Music Titles
- Audience: Get officially selected in Film Festivals Win Best Film Awards and get Distributed worldwide attracting a huge audience.
Our Flagship Five Month Course teaches the above in detail and supports you with one on one face to face 30 minute coaching sessions, as you make your film.
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Your Film Instructor - Colm O'Murchu
Colm O’Murchu is a successful Indie Filmmaker and Director of three successfully released feature films and one documentary.
He has run Independent Film Central since 1997 and helped filmmakers produce hundreds of short films made on his filmmaking courses.
He has spoken at Indie Film Seminars all over the world. His most recent film Tabernacle 101 has been released in 2020. He is currently in development on his next feature film Absolute Freedom and Generational Theft.
The above is a simplistic summary of how story works. We make sure our Film Course Students get it when they are creating the stories on our Flagship Courses.
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