How A Filmmaker Thinks
Why is it important to write about how a filmmaker thinks? It is important, because every film usually starts with an idea, and an idea is a product of thought. About sixteen years ago, a mentor who has now transitioned into the other world told me that “to think is to create, and to learn how to think is to learn how to create.” Guess what, filmmaking isn’t an exception to this law.
A filmmaker creates stories using moving images and sound. A filmmaker thinks in terms of scenes, shots, angles, lighting, editing, music, and dialogue. A filmmaker also thinks about the audience, the genre, the theme, and the message of their film.
A filmmaker thinks visually and audibly. They imagine how each scene will look and sound on the screen. They use storyboards, sketches, scripts, and notes to plan their film. They also think about how to use the camera, the microphone, and the editing software to achieve their vision.
A filmmaker thinks creatively and critically. They explore different ideas and possibilities for their film. They experiment with different techniques and styles. They also evaluate their film and seek feedback from others. They revise and improve their film until they are satisfied with the final product.
A filmmaker thinks collaboratively and independently. They work with other people, such as actors, crew members, producers, and distributors. They communicate their ideas and listen to others’ opinions. They also work on their own, making decisions and solving problems. They take responsibility for their film and its impact on the world.
In conclusion, “the only thing about a man is his mind, everything else you can find in a pig or horse… The only thing that sets us apart is our divine-mind,” says Earl Nightingale.
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