Top 5 mistakes that will KILL your HORROR FILM ☠📽. Let the countdown begin:
BURY YOUR FILM ALIVE WITH INCOMPETENT FILM GRAMMAR:
Ever notice how many shots, different angles-each designed to affect our psyche- are in 30 seconds of the best films? Of course you don't, the camera disappears unless it's MEANT to be noticed.
Now, notice how generic films are full of cringy inducing dramatic pauses:, angles used at random, confusing cut-a-ways, pans at whiplash speeds...yet still the film seems to move at a snails pace? We all notice. Video makers who transition to making films are butchering their story when they disregard basic film grammar.
Being creative doesn't mean you can shoot or edit anyway you please and have it work as FILM. Yes, styles evolve over generations to reflect the culture which influences them; but methods of relaying information such as setting moods, manipulating a viewers perspective -both literally and figuratively- have become an established craft honed over a century.
Don't let ignorance become the shovel that digs your psycho-thriller an early grave.
Film grammar is much more than merely the 180 degree editing rule, or the rule of 3rds;
study blocking, composition in movement, the value and differences between framing sizes..
Create a convincing STORY BOARD before you ever even remove a lens cap.
I promise you, if every other factor is delivered with the greatest of excellence, yet you mindlessly follow your actors around instructing them to "say this", "do that" '-with NO regard for the importance of when, why, how and where to place your camera- your film won't just DIE, it will never have truly LIVED.
Photo: Donald Pleasence (right) and Fred Beir (left)
from an episode of The Outer Limits titled "The Man with the Power"
Come back next week for the 4th MISTAKE that will KILL your HORROR FILM.💀☠📽
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