Let’s get to the nitty gritty, shall we? Here are my postulates about getting a film made:
- The quickest way for me to direct a feature is to write my own script.
- The script has to be great.
Well that seems easy enough, right?
Aside from the obvious assumption that a great script has the highest probability of becoming a great movie, a great script also serves as the best way to attract recognizable “name-brand” actors. Recognizable actors equal financing.
Financing merits it’s own paragraph — I don’t have the money to finance a film myself, so I will be seeking investors. These investors will be looking for marketable elements in any script they finance. As mentioned above, attaching recognizable actors is a top priority, but other elements include:
- The movie is in a lucrative genre
- The movie has awards potential
- The movie has an obvious marketing hook
My goal is to direct big, world-building type of movies. These types of epic movies generally have a large scale, and make significant use of special effects.
So let’s add another postulate:
- To function as the cornerstone of my career, my movie should should be large scale, and utilize special effects.
Hmmm, that could be a problem. Since I’m a first time director, the budget for my film will probably be relatively small.
That makes epic filmmaking a challenge, since when I think “EPIC”, I think:
- Exotic locations
- Expansive sets
- Large casts
- Big, important themes
Themes are free… and though complex sets and large casts can be expensive and unwieldy, exotic locations aren’t necessarily more expensive than just shooting in LA (where I live).
Right now, I’m currently developing four different ideas that I think are feasible as films.
- An action horror movie
- A highjacking film
- An alien abduction horror film
- A supernatural thriller
I don’t want to dive too deeply into the relative merits of each project (this is a public blog, afterall), but the important thing to notice is that each idea takes place within a recognizable genre.
Now I just have to decide on which project I want to develop further.