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What you need to know
BEFORE you make your
movie!
by
Ms. Mariam Arthur
CEO, Kmy Films
Chairman, Cambodia Oscar Selection C...
Audience / Market
Story
Preproduction
WHO IS YOUR AUDIENCE?
Youtube – why?
Local Cinemas – why?
Film Festivals – why?
Sales to other countries – why?
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Youtube – keep it short – tell a good story – free to experiment –
practice skills
Local Cinemas – ...
WHAT ABOUT THE OSCARS?
Can you make your audience FEEL
something?
The production quality doesn’t need to
be like Hollywood...
Beasts of the Southern Wild –

City of God – Brazil

USA – Louisiana

Smoke Signals –
Native American

Pieces of April – U...
WHAT DOES YOUR STORY NEED?
A main character who must make a choice
that all people can relate to
The circumstances or sett...
HOW DO YOU WRITE A GOOD STORY?
Who is the main character and what do they want?
Who wants something that stops
character f...
EXAMPLE: Pieces of April
It’s a normal start of the day for April, waking up with her
boyfriend.
What happens on this day?...
WHY DO I NEED PREPRODUCTION?
Every movie will have a few problems happen on the
set. Preproduction will help prevent probl...
WHAT IS PREPRODUCTION?
DETAILS... DETAILS... DETAILS!
You must start with a script breakdown
A storyboard is good – to com...
Final note: PRACTICE!
Make short films!
Be clear to tell your STORY
Improve technical skills

THANK YOU!
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Before You Start to Make Your Movie

  1. 1. What you need to know BEFORE you make your movie! by Ms. Mariam Arthur CEO, Kmy Films Chairman, Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee
  2. 2. Audience / Market Story Preproduction
  3. 3. WHO IS YOUR AUDIENCE? Youtube – why? Local Cinemas – why? Film Festivals – why? Sales to other countries – why?
  4. 4. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Youtube – keep it short – tell a good story – free to experiment – practice skills Local Cinemas – must appeal to local audiences – a higher standard is needed now, comedy is a good genre – but make sure it IS funny! Be prepared to help promote it! Film Festivals – international recognition as a filmmaker, helps to raise more money for your next film Sales to other countries – can make more money than in Cambodia alone, but stricter on the genre and story
  5. 5. WHAT ABOUT THE OSCARS? Can you make your audience FEEL something? The production quality doesn’t need to be like Hollywood! Great acting is a must!
  6. 6. Beasts of the Southern Wild – City of God – Brazil USA – Louisiana Smoke Signals – Native American Pieces of April – USA New York City
  7. 7. WHAT DOES YOUR STORY NEED? A main character who must make a choice that all people can relate to The circumstances or setting is unique Something happens that makes the character face the choice they don’t want to make The character must overcome obstacles
  8. 8. HOW DO YOU WRITE A GOOD STORY? Who is the main character and what do they want? Who wants something that stops character from getting what they want? the main Start the character in their normal day, and then something happens that changes their life. The rest of the story is what they DO. What obstacles keep them from getting what they want – how do they face each challenge?
  9. 9. EXAMPLE: Pieces of April It’s a normal start of the day for April, waking up with her boyfriend. What happens on this day? Her family is coming for Thanksgiving dinner (what does she want? – to impress them and have them like her boyfriend) Everything that can go wrong does go wrong! In the end, her family rejects her and she realizes her life can be ok because she has a boyfriend and neighbors that love her. – but a final twist has the family realize they love April no matter what, and coming back for a happy Thanksgiving.
  10. 10. WHY DO I NEED PREPRODUCTION? Every movie will have a few problems happen on the set. Preproduction will help prevent problems that can cost you money or damage relationships. IT DOESN’T COST ANY MONEY! IT SAVES TIME DURING PRODUCTION! If you want to become an internationally recognized filmmaker, you NEED to understand preproduction. What are some of the problems you have had on set?
  11. 11. WHAT IS PREPRODUCTION? DETAILS... DETAILS... DETAILS! You must start with a script breakdown A storyboard is good – to communicate the director’s vision, and to prepare a shot list. If there is no storyboard, then the director must prepare a shot list – or you WILL run out of time on the set! Locations, cast, craft service, costumes, props... (see handouts)
  12. 12. Final note: PRACTICE! Make short films! Be clear to tell your STORY Improve technical skills THANK YOU! presentation by Ms. Mariam Arthur theroadgypsy@gmail.com 012 54 30 74

This presentation was given at FilmCAMp 2013. Many more details are discussed during the lecture, and interactive exercises were done with audience participation.

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