What is Filmmaking?
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines filmmaking as being “the making of motion pictures.” That’s a pretty straight forward and we believe accurate description of what the movie process is.
Therefore it doesn’t take too much of a leap of faith to then define a filmmaker or movie director as “someone who makes motion pictures.”
A filmmaker or film director is in some sense in a leadership position and overseer of all aspects of a production. It is her or his job to make certain that footage shot will eventually be able to be edited into a finished movie such as a Thrillumentary. Much planning usually occurs in preparing to shoot a film because everyone’s time on the set is valuable and if a director is not prepared it can cost the studio extra money.
Studio Made Movies Versus Independent Films or Even “No Budget” Ones
In recent years with the advent of digital filmmaking the lines have been blurring considerably as to the difference between studio, independent and no budget productions Wikipedia describes a no budget film as follows:
“A no-budget film is a film made with very little or no money. “
The fact is that with the incredible quality that current inexpensive video cameras have, it’s now possible for just about anyone to make a feature film.
Self Taught Filmmakers
There is on the rise people who are self taught filmmakers. Some would say “doing is learning” and because the threshold to enter the game is so low, anyone can start to make movies. Her or his films may not at first be very good, but one has to fail to become good at something because we learn from our mistakes.
Do YOU Want to be a Filmmaker?
The fact that you are reading this post might indicate that you are a filmmaker or want to be a filmmaker or are even someone who is just interested in filmmaking in general. Regardless why you are here we at “Movie Process” commend you for doing research into the process. We invite you to jump right in and make a motion picture. The time has never been better to do so!
Things to Think About When Making a “No Budget” Movie
First off, you have no budget in the first place so the only thing that you have to lose is time. If you are planning on having a small crew you will need to worry about their time also, since as a leader you want to make certain to have their interest at heart.
Making a Movie Alone
Or if you are a self taught moviemaker making a film you might even decide to work alone. We realize this may sound a little bit odd, but in fact we’ve seen people who opt out of having a crew and only recruit some onscreen talent. Can a movie be made with just a camera, a director and some actors? Of course it can and YOU are just the person to do it.
Should You Script Your Movie?
Here’s the deal. If you are making a film to gain experience and are making it alone, all you really have to worry about are the actors. And depending on what type of actors you have, they may even be good at improvising dialogue. If this is the case then all you need to do is have a basic outline, either on paper or in your head, to start working.
Filmmakers of Yesteryear Rolling Over in their Graves!
Many filmmakers from the past if they were alive today, might not like the idea of not having a script. But for many of them, especially for film exploration happening in the early 1900’s, they had big and bulky and expensive ways of making their films. Today, not of that applies. So do what you want. Again your first couple of movie may not be great, but you will get better and better as you go along.
Do You Have a Passion to Make Films?
This is a very important question because to make films you should have a passion for it. This is what will keep you going especially when the going gets tough. You need to be able to pick yourself up and then go at it once again!
We live in an exciting time because of the low cost of making movies, so get out there and make a film!
Looking for a Way to Test His Methodology
THE Manhattan Magician, yes the same one of ManhattanMagician.com quite some time ago decided at some point in the ’90’s that there had to be a better way to make films. So he began to develop the Multi Media Movie Making Matrix and Methodology. But it wasn’t until August of 2016 that he actually got to put his Movie Process to the test.
The Membership Site Solution
The Manhattan Magician created an online educational membership site entitled Art Gush. Please note that Art Gush is still in existence today but sans the Multi Media Movie Making Matrix and Methodology testing as well as many other products and services. The new Art Gush, as of this writing, still has no downloadable PDF eBooks available which we are assured will be coming soon. Back to August 2016. This is when Manhattan Magician pulled a Movie Process out of his top hat.
Inviting Others into His Process
Determined to create a proof of concept for his method, he began EACH AND EVERY DAY to do 3 steps toward the making of a motion picture. He documented his experimentation weekly, placing the 21 steps he had done (3 steps a day x 7 days = 21 steps) onto the then membership site Art Gush so that students of the site would be able to do the same steps themselves.
You Do as I Do
The Manhattan Magician’s idea was simple. He would do 3 steps a day until he had a finished film using the MultiMedia Movie Making Matrix and Methodology. Things went swimmingly. He would do 3 steps and then his students would do 3 steps. He would do another 3 steps and again his students would follow his lead doing those same 3 steps on their movie projects.
Success for the Multi Media Movie Making Matrix and Methodology
This went on for about a year and a half. At this point the Manhattan Magician actually had a movie in the can (old term referring to celluloid which was kept in cans) but still had to do post production on it. For various reasons he decided against editing the picture, but was elated because he had proven that the Multi Media Movie Making Matrix and Methodology worked! And with only 3 steps a day and NO crew!
Less is More for the Actors
The only humans involved with the Movie Process Experiment. other than the filmmaker were actors. But even the actors were able to do their work in less than normal time. This was because the methodology broke the screenplay into bite sized pieces that were very easy to shoot and utilized environments that could be used to have a variety of different looks. The total time that an actor worked on the production was only ONE DAY!
One day per actor is unheard of in the film industry, but with the Manhattan Magicians Movie Process it was possible!
Back to the Lab
The Manhattan Magician quickly realized that his prized documentation of his steps online were now available to anyone who became a member of the Art Gush site. Although the Manhattan Magician was a strong believer in an open source approach, he still wanted to tinker with his procedure in the privacy of his “Movie Process Lab.”
The Membership Site and All its Creative Courses Were Taken Down
Art Gush was flourishing at this point as a membership site and now had 9 other projects on it as well. These projects were instructional videos and PDFs that taught the user how to do various tasks ranging from topics like “How to Make Living as an Artist” to “How to Brand Yourself.” Unfortunately all of these items would need to be deleted in addition to the year and a half documentation of the Multi Media Movie Making Matrix and Methodology success.
The Manhattan Magician bit his lip, apologized to all those who used his technique and wished them well on doing post production on their own filmmaking ventures.
Just like the Phoenix in Greek mythology, a Website Goes Down and a New One Rises Up from the Ashes
Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Such was the approach of the Manhattan Magician who deleted the Art Gush the membership site from the internet. Next he immediately rebuilt from the ashes the new Art Gush website.
This new website will eventually be a place where ArtisticPreneur users can download eBooks on topics that have a meaning to them.
An Example of a Possible eBook for the New Site
An example of a possible eBook for Art Gush has almost been completed offline and may go online as the first upload. The topic of this eBook is “Exclusively for ArtisticPreneurs: How to Get More Customers, Clients and Fans in 5 Easy Steps.” We’ll keep you posted on whether or not this eBook makes it to the site.
Our Story Comes to an End Which is Really Just a New Beginning
So that’s the story of the Manhattan Magician who put down his magic wand for a while to instead work on a Movie Process approach. We wish the Manhattan Magician well on his new Art Gush venture!
Attention All Cell Phone Filmmakers
Have you made a movie with a cell phone or an extreme low budget? Would you like to be a guest blogger on movie process or suggest a story? If yes then please contact us by filling out your info on our contact page.
Thrillumentary and Documystery
At MovieProcess.com our slogan is that “You Can Make a Movie if You Know the Process.” We pride ourselves on uncovering the pioneers of the craft and one example of the exploration of new ways to create motion pictures (primarily filming with a cell phone) can be found at the website blog Thrillumentary.com.
When looking at the Thrillumentary website, we learn that Thrillumentary is not only a genre (much like a DocuMystery) but is also a methodology for making films. Thrillumentary has been described as “The ultimate movie experiment and DocuMystery in which the filmmakers documented their daily activities starting in August 2016.”
Art Gush and the Educational Documentation
Currently ArtGush.com is becoming a provider of instantly downloadable PDF “How To” courses for ArtisticPreneurs. But in its prior incarnation it was an online education site that was updated with a new instructional video each week for more than 52 weeks. Each video consisted of showing the behind-the-scenes of 7 days of the development, making and marketing of Thrillumentary while working just 3 steps a day.
This went on for more than a year and was done in order to see if it was possible to write, direct and produce a feature film for under $500 with no crew, shooting for just a few weeks primarily with a cell phone.
In the past, on the Art Gush site there were several other video series on a variety of different topics, but all the content was taken off the web by the owner because it consisted of proprietary methods that he ultimately decided he didn’t want revealed. In the near future Art Gush will be making their ArtisticPrenuer PDF eBooks available, some of which will be based on the former video series.
Being an ArtisticPrenuer Helps Your Movie Process
Even though projects like Thrillumentary show us that now, with the digital revolution, making films can be much more simple, there still remains the need for making a living while doing it. This is where becoming an ArtisticPreneur could help. The definition of an ArtisticPreneur is just how the word sounds. It is a combination of being artistic and an entrepreneur at the same time.
It doesn’t matter what your art form is – including actors, musicians, filmmakers and writers etc. – you can become an ArtisticPreneur. How does this work? The easiest approach is to figure out a business you could do that relates to your art. For example, the maker of Thrillumetary spent several years as a marketer of well known actors.
Video, Film and Web
And finally, once you’ve made your Thrillumentary or DocuMystery or other genre, you can now market and distribute it. Marketing of your film should really start day one of your project. This can be as simple as blogging about your process including uploading pictures. Of course having a blog alone is not a complete marketing strategy in terms of building traffic. You need to augment it with something else such as linking to the blog from your social media sites.
In the big picture you’re working toward developing customers, clients and fans using video, film and the web. This is an activity also known as building your audience. Developing an audience is the most important thing you can do for your movie especially since being a successful filmmaker is no longer about getting your movie into festivals. It’s now about being able to market, distribute and sell your movie online without a distributor. Or to put it another way, by becoming an ArtisticPreneur. Good luck on making your movie or if you’ve already made one feel free to leave a message on our contact page found here.