What It’s Really Like To Write, Direct And Produce A Movie

What is it like to put in writing/direct/produce a film? initially appeared on Quora: the place to achieve and share data, empowering folks to be taught from others and higher perceive the world.

Answer by Kent Moran, Owner at Wishing Well Pictures, on Quora:

Intense, superb, enjoyable, traumatic, academic, emotional, and extra suddenly. You actually have to like doing this so as to put in all of the work that it required. I do like it so I’m completely satisfied to do it.

I’m an award-winning filmmaker. My motion pictures have been distributed world wide by corporations like Warner Brothers, Netflix, Showtime, Lifetime, Hallmark, Amazon and lots of extra. I’ve been lucky sufficient to put in writing, direct, and produce a number of function movies. Each time I do, I be taught an increasing number of and discover methods to do issues higher the following time.

These experiences could be fairly totally different for folks based mostly on quite a few variables like finances, your forged & crew measurement, the style of the film, any particular or visible results wanted, whether or not its a studio movie or indie, union or non-union, and many others.

My expertise primarily lies with independently produced function movies with title actors and a non-union crew (though I’ve labored with each union and non-union crew) and budgets within the $800k – $3 million vary per function. In my profession, I typically put on many hats and there could be a variety of advantages to that, but additionally a variety of shortcomings. The primary advantages for me have been that I could make many extra selections and due to this fact have extra management over my imaginative and prescient. Even once you put on a number of hats although, making a function movie is at all times a real crew effort. It is an actual end result of hundreds of selections throughout many various departments. Wearing a number of hats has enabled me to weigh in on a lot of these selections from the attitude of various departments. For instance, once I write a script that I do know I’m directing, I can write a few of my directing concepts instantly into the script (making it extra like a capturing script from the beginning) in order that I, and everybody else within the forged and crew, can discuss with these concepts when capturing. Same factor for areas. I can write these in from the beginning if I do know I’ve entry to sure areas. When I’m producing one thing I’m additionally directing, I can convey issues like particular forged, crew, areas, distribution, and many others to the desk while not having to ask permission first.

So the massive optimistic results of carrying so many hats is extra management over your imaginative and prescient. The largest disadvantage although is time. After all, you’re just one individual and you’ve got the identical period of time within the day as everybody else, so once you put on a number of hats, jobs can take you longer. I can’t be within the edit room or coloration bay as a director the identical time that I’m pitching the movie to distributors as a producer. So time is the actual detrimental to creating a film this fashion. The different disadvantage could be the chance value. Who are you not hiring as a way to do the job? Who might you may have employed to put in writing, produce, or direct that may have added worth to the undertaking whereas nonetheless saving you time?

These are all issues to contemplate when deciding to put on a number of hats on a undertaking. Early on in your profession I feel it’s a terrific assume to do, at the very least as soon as, so you’ll be able to expertise what every job is like after which know precisely what you’re searching for when hiring these roles later in your profession.

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