Film Idea

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like a decent short film idea?
    I just came up with this short film idea about this odd black teenager that fantasies about committing suicide. He hates every aspect of his life and he's had just about enough with everyone. No one really wants to be around him and he doesn't fit in. It works perfectly for me since suicide is a subject that we all can relate to. Do you think the protagonist should die or punk out? Any other ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      OK, it sounds like you have the gem of a decent conflict, but it needs to be stronger, and there needs to be some real tension, like a time limit.

      Maybe start with his voice over. "I decided that tonight, at exactly eleven o'clock, I'm going to kill myself." Now you can repeatedly show the clock, and it's a deadline. By eleven o'clock, we'll know, does he do it, or does he change his mind?

      To build the tension further, there should be things that happen, that either make him start reconsidering or push him further towards making his plans certain. And honestly, if you play THAT part up REALLY well, you could even get away with ending the film at 10:59. But there would need to be so much there that half the audience is convinced he would definitely opt for life, and the other half certain he would absolutely go through with it.

      I saw a movie on Sundance recently about a Muslim girl who accepts a suicide mission to Times Square, and it shows her inner conflict as she goes to the location. It was brilliant.

      So this could definitely be a successful film.

      You really need to demonstrate, either through flash backs or current events, why he would want to kill himself, and it NEEDS to be a very strong reason (or preferably multiple reasons). Just having enough of everyone isn't strong. The audience needs to see him as so pathetic and his life so horrible that death actually seems like a reasonable option.

      Like the girl in Boston who was constantly harrassed: On the bus, she got tormented. In the hallway, tormented and spit on or punched. In class, made fun of. Between classes, more torment. Lunchroom, food spit on. In the bathroom, ganged up on and her face forced onto the dirty floor. More torment in gym. More on the bus again. Finally home, phone calls harrassing her. Text messages. Web sites dedicated to bullying her. Kids throwing things at her window. Her mother yelling at her. Her father. Teachers sending emails home complaining that she's not paying attention in class or that SHE'S starting trouble all the time. It's so horrible that there's no way out... except death.

      If you can deliver that with your character's situation, it's not only a decent idea but very timely and appropriate.

      Of course, his situation will be unique, but make him a similar outcast and make his circumstances dire, VISIBLY dire. (It can't just be him TELLING how bad it is, we need to SEE it for ourselves.)

  2. QUESTION:
    How can i promote or take to the next level my film ideas?
    I'm only 14 but i have fantastic film ideas, i've done so much scripting and everything for it including storyline, music, directing and casting ideas. I've worked hard and enjoyed it, and i'll continue working on it.

    How can i one day promote these film ideas? Who should i talk to, to maybe make it into a film one day?

    Thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      When you graduate,go to film school and make these into shorts to start with. You as well as millions of others have ideas too, its getting into a film school and networking and making them into shorts to start out.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to pitch film ideas to producers?
    I have many splendid ideas for sensational films that I would like to pitch to film producers, but I haven't a clue how to do it. Does anyone know of a true website or agency that allows commoners to pitch film ideas to real film producers?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes...I do!

      Im an actress!

      Call Steven Mann @ 416-368-1988

      Good Luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    How to suggest film ideas to Disney?
    I have a idea I'd like to suggest to Disney about a possible future film idea and was wondering if there was any way I could contact them and put forward this idea? it's pretty simple and I wouldn't be looking for film credit rights or anything I just think it would be such a good idea!

    • ANSWER:
      An idea is one thing. A screenplay is the real thing. Write the screenplay, then you have something to go with.

  5. QUESTION:
    Do you think this is a good film idea?
    My film idea is called "Zarza". Its about a chubby man who discovers that he is immortal. He then fights aliens and zombies. I have planned the film to be 3 and a half hours long. I have also planned 28 sequals. Did I mention that he can also shoot mole urine from his eyes?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah it's a good idea, but not sure about the name! How about calling it..."He is fat, he is immortal, he fights to the death against Aliens and Zombies and then gets back up again, he can hit a fly at two hundred metres with mole urine...from his eyes!! He is TED the bloke from downstairs!? What do you think, yeah...no!?

  6. QUESTION:
    How to film a scene in a school?
    I have a short film idea, and about 70% of the scenes take place in a school setting. There are scenes that are both in hallways and in a classroom. I really don't know how I am going to film this.
    My first idea was to film the hallway scenes during the time where everyone is packing up their stuff, and everyone who actually has a role in the movie would just film around everyone. For the classroom scenes, I had a crazy idea that probably won't work, and that was to make sure that first I have a class with one of my friends who wants to be a part of the movie in the term, and second that my teacher is cool enough to let me disrupt class and film for a few days.
    I think I'll do the hallway scenes the way I've planned (unless you guys can come up with a better way). My second idea for the classroom scene, though, was to get a large enough group of people, and either after hours, on a weekend, or even in the summer time, we ask for permission to film in a classroom, and I get some adult who can act as the teacher in the scene.
    Which method is better? And is there another method out there that I can use that I haven't mentioned to make the hallway and classroom scenes possible?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Either way is good. But I think it would be best not to disrupt class. Not just because class is important, but because some students are stupid. They're going to be making faces and throwing up signs. Its better to have students who are as serious as you in the classroom. I'd say film the scene in hallways with the smallest camera possible so that you get how school hallways 'really' are and not people posing for a camera

  7. QUESTION:
    What are good ideas for someone making a movie by themselves?
    I have Kodak Go-Play video camera but no tripod. Whats a good filming idea for themselves? I have lots of props.

    • ANSWER:
      You have hit the biggest problem in the film industry. You need to find a good script. You don't need a tripod but try not to have the camera shake too much. Be creative, pick a word like love or fear and make a story around it. Then go shoot it. Good luck. It's hard to make a good movie.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do I pitch my ideas without worrying about them being stolen?
    I keep having ideas for all kinds of things from advertising presentations, to book or film ideas, and I have always wanted to try and present them to an investment company, but I am worried about them turning me down, but then turning around and using the idea for themselves. I assume I need to become my own business, but I figured I would inquire to the yahoo answers community and see what you guys have to say, thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      The real world is, you can't. Often we bounce ideas off of people (especially people we respect) to get their input. I invented a gadget one time and a friend of mine, ask if he could use the idea. I answered, sure, I have plenty more. Not exactly smart as he is making thousands and thousands of dollars off my idea! Someone mentioned patents. I done that and there is a hell of a lot more to it than one would think but back to the subject matter. One of the engineering/scientific magazines I subscribe to, advocated filing a patent on everything. That's pretty safe but expensive. Hope this helps but I would need about two hours of your time to answer your question.

  9. QUESTION:
    I have lots of excellent ideas for film. How do I contact a producer or someone interested?
    About a year back I started gaining interest in film and novels. After reading and watching a ton of films ideas started to come in my head and I started writing all my ideas down. I have about ten ideas for screenplays and stories and some I think could be successful in Hollywood. Is it impossible to contact a big company, producer, or director to pitch an idea to? Where should I start?

    • ANSWER:
      Like Ravie said, you have to start with the screenplay. Producers are not interested in meeting no-names and hearing ideas with nothing to back it up. A pitch has to be followed by a screenplay, which they will agree to look at only if they like your pitch. No screenplay = no meeting.

      Linda Aronson's "Scriptwriting Updated" is the textbook used at the Australian Film and Television School, and is an excellent resource.

      http://www.amazon.com/Screenwriting-Updated-Conventional-Writing-Screen/dp/1879505592/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279972471&sr=1-1

      There is also great book called "How NOT To Write a Screenplay", which has a lot of very practical examples of pitfalls to avoid.

      http://www.amazon.com/How-Not-Write-Screenplay-Screenwriters/dp/1580650155/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279972220&sr=1-1

      Also, be very very careful about throwing your ideas out there to anyone who takes an interest. If someone listened to you and said "yeah that's great" and then nicked your idea leaving you high and dry without any rights at all, it wouldn't be the first time.

  10. QUESTION:
    what should the opening scenes of my short movie idea be?
    here this:i have an short film idea about seven women who attempt to break the world record for
    biggest bubblegum bubble! (under the supervision of three people from the guinness book of world
    records!)

    i've been trying to come up with the opening scenes myself,but i keep getting writer's block,so
    can you help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe you can follow the "journey" of a bubblegum, from production until consumption, and end up on one of the women (or all of them, idk) buying the gum, and the competition begins. Well, I'm not really not good at putting my ideas into words, but hopefully you got a hint of what I mean :)

  11. QUESTION:
    What was the film that Serena Van Der Woodsen made in the Gossip Girl novels?
    I am pretty sure it is from the second book "You Know You Love Me."

    I want to know the film idea that Serena had to enter the Constance Billard Senior Film Festival to prove to Brown that she had potential and had something special about her.

    PLEASE HELP ME!
    I thought Breakfast at Fred's was filmed by Ken Mogul or something like that.

    Did Serena not make one herself?

    • ANSWER:
      It was called Breakfast at Fred's.

  12. QUESTION:
    how to find inspiration for film ideas?
    im finding it hard to find inspiration to think of new film ideas, anyone got any good tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Read short stories, and watch short films on youtube, read recent news articles, write your dreams down, musical lyrics, TV shows, personal experiences.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I start my own film production company (corporation)?
    I am not talking about a big studio, basically I just want to incorporate my business name and use it to develop film ideas for production. Would you do this the same way you would a regular corporation? Is there a website that you can complete the whole process from, and is it expensive? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Associations may be a good avenue to explore. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you'll inevitably have as well as many you haven't anticipated yet. See the source box for some relevant links.

      Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can about the industry. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

      * The Complete Film Production Handbook, Third Edition (Book & CD-ROM) by Eve Light Honthaner
      * Film Production Management 101: The Ultimate Guide for Film and Television Production Management and Coordination (Michael Wiese Productions) by Deborah S Patz
      * The Producer's Business Handbook (Book & CD-ROM) by John J. Lee, Jr.

      I also posted links to some free articles in the source box.

      Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!

  14. QUESTION:
    How do i make a hollywood style film?
    I've got an incredible film idea, a macbook pro and no video camera...yet. I really need to make this film

    • ANSWER:
      A camera would be a good start you fucking tard.

      A "Hollywood style film"?
      You obviously have no idea about film production.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to get into the film industry?
    I have a wild imagination. I'm always dreaming and conjuring new film ideas, in my downtime, while listening to my ipod or while relaxing. My mind never stops. I am an amazing storywriter and a very hard worker. My dream would be to share my imagination with others.

    How difficult would it be to get into the film industry? I would like to still continue my normal career path, which would be some sort of IT and criminal justice, but is there any way to "make it" in the film industry without sacrificing my original career path? I'm 16, and I believe that anything is possible with insane motivation

    • ANSWER:
      You could start off by looking out for auditions in the newspapers and online. Something within your area. If you know of anyone whose parents happen to be working in the media industry, approach them and see if they can help you with fulfilling your dream.

      You don't have to start off as the lead role. Look for more minor roles to start off with first. Saves you agent fees (probably), having to have a fair amount of experience, gives you a taste of how the film industry is like before you decide which path would be your future, and get some money over school break. Even extras may get noticed if their performance really impresses the producers/director. Who knows. They may just put you as the lead of their next film if you really really impress them πŸ˜‰

      Good luck :)

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any short film comedy ideas or scripts?
    Does anyone have any short film comedy ideas or scripts?
    Me and some guys need to make a short comedic film for a high school film fest. It should be like 5 to 10 minutes. If it could be a high-school related story it would be great. I would give you credit.

    • ANSWER:
      Just make up your own idea. I write plenty of scripts, and most of them are based on the trouble me and my friends get into. One thing I did when writing a short film script when I had a writer's block was ask my self a question like, "what would my friends and I do if a really attractive foreign exchange student from France came to our school for only two weeks and we all wanted to date him?" Or whatever works for you, good luck on the test.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there any way one can help the movie business in ideas ?
    I don't want to be a movie writer but I have some film ideas I would like to give to Hollywood ...
    How can I do this ?

    • ANSWER:
      Movie business is not easy to break into. Its not about what you know and what you can do but rather who you know and your past reputation. You have to build your way up. I would suggest getting involved with people, entering competitions and producing material people remember, try to have your name on other pieces of work, etc. Eventually people will take your ideas seriously.

      You can start by getting one of yours off here: http://www.parodybox.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=40

  18. QUESTION:
    What would be a good title for my story/film?
    In my story, the fictional weird woman character chases a man in a strange empty room because she is obsessed with him and he is nervous because she will not let him leave. He does not remember her from before and he is both excited because she looks so good and he also panics because he is concerned about her sanity. Can you think of an interesting title that would go good with my story/film idea?

    • ANSWER:
      The Obsession
      Obsessed
      Room Service
      Do I Know You
      Crazy In Love
      Crazy Love
      Help Me
      The Room
      Womankind

  19. QUESTION:
    What do YOU like in a horror movie?
    I am planning to make horror movies when I grow up, and I wanted to know what people like in horror movies. I have an idea, but so far, people say they wouldn't want to say it -- due to the violence in the film idea -- but they say I have a knack for thinking of ideas. However, I'm not good at thinking of good ideas. What do people like seeing in horror movies?

    • ANSWER:
      BELIEVABILITY, more so than originality. but originality runs a close second. i HATE remakes with a passion, but i hate it when writers use nudity and gore to substitute for actual writing ability. get to the story, already.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me with a story concept?
    The basic situation in this short film idea I've come up with is this:

    Two people are sitting at opposite ends of a long table. One of these people can only communicate through writing letters, which she pushes across the table into the hands of the other person. The other person doesn't understand why she is doing this, but plays along with her game.

    I need a reason that this person can only communicate through writing, and a solution. She doesn't necessarily have to be "fixed", but any ideas where to take this story would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe something is wrong with her voice or she lost her voice and needs help finding it or maybe her teeth are really messed up. Maybe he talks really loud and thats his problem... i think the above is more comedic and that might not be your vibe. Maybe shes looking around hoping no one hears her so she writes... maybe her husband is sitting in a booth behind them, or maybe he is wearing a wire and its all covert.

  21. QUESTION:
    where are the guinness book of world records headquarters are?
    here this' i've got a short film idea about seven women trying to break a record,and where the
    headquarters are will infulce where the short film will take place!

    • ANSWER:
      Guinness World Records Ltd, 3rd Floor, 184-192 Drummond Street, London, NW1 3HP.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do you delete resolved questions?
    Is there a way? I ask because ive posted a detailed film idea for school, and I forgot to delete it. Now I have to write up a treatment for school on the film, and the teacher may check for plagiarism and see the questions I posted.

    How do I delete resolved questions?

    • ANSWER:
      Once a question has been resolved you can no longer delete it, it belongs to Yahoo.

      You could write to yahoo at y_answrs_team@yahoo.com and ask them to remove it but it would have to be for a good reason and they won’t always do it.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the chance of a short film script being picked up?
    I think I have a good short film script idea. My work is not known YET (lol), but I want to know the rate a short film script gets picked up. Are the chances better than a normal script? Serious answers are well appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Short films are rarely picked up. If you want to make it, you'll have to direct and produce it yourself. Thats how most shorts are done anyway.

  24. QUESTION:
    What's a short story with 2 girls as the main characters?
    Making a short film with a friend and we're both girls. I'm looking for film ideas and am considering adapting or growing my own idea from the plot of a story. If anybody knows of a short story with 2 girls as the main characters I would greatly appreciate it. (Preferably one I can find to read online. And we are both teens if that helps.) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      how about be creative
      heres some ideas

      - friendship overcoming odds.. (i.g liking the same guy, rumors, drama, etc.)
      - enemy's (w.e reason) and becoming close friends

      good luck πŸ˜€

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some activities in Boston to do relating to Spanish culture?
    My school's Spanish National Honor Society wants to go to Boston for a day trip and we need to find some activites related to Spanish or Latino culture. Some suggestions have been to go see a foreign film (ideas of any theaters showing one)? Or a good spanish restaurant? Or any festivals, stores, or ANYTHING that is fun and has to do with spanish culture. Please don't suggest google, because I have tried. thanks =] !

    • ANSWER:
      go to east boston there are many spanish/mexican restaraunts there

  26. QUESTION:
    Why are so many awesome books being butchered into Hollywood movie adaptations?
    Are they running out of film ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Because there are many fans for those books so the Hollywood people believe they can make a ton of money off a cheap @ss movie! I hate reading a really good book and then seeing the Hollywood version of it! The Hollywood Version has almost nothing to do with the book! D=

  27. QUESTION:
    What's a good way 2 take 1 minute to slowly destroy a credit card whose rates went up for a video?
    Despite being a perfect credit card customer, I just found out that the crooks are raising the interest rate! I have canceled the card, but want to make a YOU TUBE VIDEO of about a minute showing it's destruction while delivering to them my final message? Forget scissors...I want slow, dramatic death to film! Ideas most welcome!

    • ANSWER:
      Melting into a blob might photograph well.

  28. QUESTION:
    Which biography movie do you think would be the most interesting?
    A biography about the life of Barack Obama, him growing up and wanting to be President? John McCain growing up through his life? John McCain when he was a prisoner of war? Or a movie about the Presidental Election between Barack Obama and John McCain? You choose, what biography film would you want to go see? This is just a survey, im asking some other this question too. So which biography film idea seems the most interesting to watch?

    • ANSWER:
      Schindler's List :)
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108052/

  29. QUESTION:
    How do I submit a commercial idea to coke?
    I have this great idea for a Coke commercial or any soft drink really. I just wanted to know if it was possible to submit my idea. And if it is would I have to film my idea or just send it in on paper. And after doing all this is there any actual chance of anyone looking at it or will it just get thrown into the pile. I think it is a really good idea and it actually has a shot at being a commercial. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      https://secure.thecoca-colacompany.com/ssldocs/contactus/cokesubmit/cokesubmit.shtml

  30. QUESTION:
    What are activities or things that are difficult or cause stress to you?
    I'm brainstorming for some short film ideas related to stress. Any ideas help.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    What do i need for a cinema themed party?
    Cinema Party for 16yr olds, mixed group. I need food, drink extremely scary films ideas sweets all sorts. Im trying to set the cinema theme, so proper popcorn boxes and tickets and all sorts?

    • ANSWER:
      a pop corn machine a cotton candy machine.

  32. QUESTION:
    Need Photo Ideas: How could you take pictures of a cardboard box in different/unique ways?
    Need Photo Ideas: How could you take pictures of a cardboard box in different/unique ways?

    I am doing a project for school, and I need more ideas! I have to shoot 5 rolls of film.

    Any ideas? How could you photograph a box?

    • ANSWER:
      Can you decorate the box? You can personify it (ad facial features, etc..) and take pictures of it giving a tour of your town "visiting" all of the local sights/sites and attractions.

  33. QUESTION:
    Need Photo Ideas: How could you take pictures of a cardboard box in different/unique ways?
    Need Photo Ideas: How could you take pictures of a cardboard box in different/unique ways?

    I am doing a project for school, and I need more ideas! I have to shoot 5 rolls of film.

    Any ideas? How could you photograph a box?

    • ANSWER:
      Wet the box and shoot the stains
      Shred the corrugated and photo strips or piles
      Delaminate the layers and shoot the corrugation with side lighting
      Get in the box and shoot something else with a bit of the box in the frame

  34. QUESTION:
    What is a good quality video camera for action filming that has HD 1080p filming and under 0 tops.?
    Also please mention any tips you know for filming, and ideas on how to have smoother recording with less bumps when moving. Also please mention if the camera is capable of harnessing onto a helmet or other objects.

    • ANSWER:
      GoPro or Contour HD.

      Never capture handheld. Always use a steadying device.

      Capture under good, bright, sunshine lighting conditions.

      Lean to use the white balance.

      Use body mounts (i.e., helmet, "vest" etc.) when a tripod does not make sense.

      Clarification: Digital video capture is not filming - there is no film involved with the capture. Both GoPro and Contour have appropriate mounting accessories.

      You did not mention audio. It would be best to capture the audio separately (with a digital audio recorders like the Zoom H2 or H4) and perhaps an external mic.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can i get my film idea turned into a movie?
    I have this idea for a family comedy and i seriously think it's good enough to be a movie. How can i get it turned into a movie though?

    • ANSWER:
      Write it and then produce it.

      Everyone has ideas and, unfortunately, everyone thinks they're funny.

  36. QUESTION:
    What can teenagers film in a day with a video camera?
    My friends and I want to take a video camera out for the day to film skits etc but we can't find anything online that we can film. Any ideas? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you do a spoof of some of the shows that you all watch, or shows that you know are really popular amongst teenagers.

  37. QUESTION:
    Good looking actors that would fit a italian, french or spanish role?
    Its for my film idea and i need someone that would suit a European role. Could you help?

    • ANSWER:
      Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill , Ed O'Neill.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do I submit a film idea to Hollywood?
    Im 15 and I have a great idea for a movie, I would like to submit it to Hollywood or a movie producer to get it on the "big screen". So how do i go about doing this?

    • ANSWER:
      A good idea is not enough. Hollywood is full of good ideas, the difficulty is taking the new step and turning a good idea into good films. For this you need a screenplay and an agent who can generate enough interest to get your script read. Even then you will have an uphill struggle to get your voice heard as producers cannot accept unsolicitated material because of the risk of litigation. Every year 20,000 new screenplays are registered with the writers guild,but only a 1000 films are made, and when you take into account that many of these films were based on screenplays written years ago, you can see that getting a movie made is akin to winning the jackpot prize in the lottery. My advice is to write the screenplay as best as you can, even if takes years. Polish it up until you cannot improve on it. Then send it to as many agents are possible. If they are not interested no producer will give you a second glance. You should take a course in screenplay writing or read a few books on the subject as Hollywood is very particular about how it wants its scripts written.

  39. QUESTION:
    Where can i buy polarizing film?
    I need a small amount of polarizing film. I live in philadelphia and do not know of any stores where i could buy polarizing film, Any ideas or suggestions?

    I just need a small sheet of it, that i can cut and fit over a LED display for my own use.

    • ANSWER:
      Check Edmund Scientific.

  40. QUESTION:
    can i find a screenwriter to help me rewrite my movie storylines into proper screenplays or movie scripts?
    I'm Chris Oliver,20. I write good movie storylines but i need a professional screenwriter or script writer to help me translate my film ideas into proper screenplays ready for production. I also need a movie agency that would be willing to produce my stories if it is appealing enough to them. Profits would be a 60 - 40 for interested screenwriters.Please leave suggestions that could help me. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sure you could find a ghostwriter willing to write your stories for their own fees.

      But any screenwriter worth their salt is going to be far too busy working on their own projects to spend time writing yours with no money guaranteed. A 60/40 split is laughable - even if the movie does get made - considering the months of hard work that can go into perfecting a screenplay, and the abundance of good ideas among the writing community. No decent writer needs your ideas.

      This is how it works. You - or whoever - writes the script. Then you send a pitch to production companies, usually via an agent, and cross your fingers they request the script. If they do, you send it out and cross your fingers again... A tiny fraction of screenplays sent out end up made into movies, because there is SOOO much competition, and so few movies made these days are original stories.

      My suggestion - genuinely - is to learn to write screenplays yourself. Get free screenwriting software from celtx.com and a few good screenwriting books and give it a go. Or pay a ghostwriter, but be prepared to fork out thousands, and don't expect an easy ride when it comes to selling the finished work.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I progress with a film idea I have?
    I have a brief skeleton of a plot for a hilarious movie in my mind. How do I take this idea further and possibly get it in to production?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever made any videos or short films before? I guess not since you ask this question.

      Now you have a plot you must commit yourself to it, have a vision of the film professionally produced then start making a script. Scripts are very useful, they guide you through your film shoots very easily.

      After that you could make a story-board; collect a sequence of photo shots of potential scenes and camera angles in the order of your story. Find the music best suited for your film idea, music really inspires you to think of new ideas.

      Next you could figure out how many actors do you need, find some actors and make auditions. Find an actor suitable for the particular character.

      NOTE: You must have some sort of professional video editing software on your computer and at least 30 GB of space in your PC. Audio and Video converters are also helpful, i use SUPER video converter, it's free. I also use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit my videos.

      NOTE: Also check the weather, this is very important, if you want a bright sunny day you gatta know when it will pop up in order to set a time for your film shoot.

      once you feel ready you're all set to go and distribute your finished master piece to the world. Easiest place would be youtube.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to contact/sell your film idea to the directors, creators etc.....?
    Hi, I have a awesome story for the film industry, Hollywood/Bollywood etc.. it is a film idea that i have scripted and now have the finished master piece,
    but how do i sell my story to them, so i can make money, it is a film idea that can make millions like the rocky film or rush hour films or any indian film etc....

    How do i contact them to hear my idea

    Thank You

    BEST answer gets 10 points and a share of the money

    • ANSWER:
      hi... i'm qualified to answer this as I have screenwriting and film industry experience. I'm not interested in the money, as writers don;t make a great deal from the film industry. The first thing you need to do is get an agent to check the script over, and they will advise you on how to improve it. Once they have agreed to represent you, they will help you pitch your script to film companies that make similar productions. If the story gets this far, then a company may wish to option your script. This doesn;t autocmatically mean they will make it- just that they have bought the option on it for either six months or a year. If they do not go ahead with the project in that time they will either have to renew your option or pass, which will enable you to shop it around to another company via your agent. Never send in unsolicited scripts (i.e. without an agent) to film companies as they already have a massive slush pile from established writers and unsolicited scripts will be discarded. So, first thing to do is find yourself an agent with an interest in your material. Google agents in the film and literary industries for some pointers. I hope this helps. Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    How would I get someone to make a short-film from a story that I've written?
    I have written a short-story and would love to see it being made into a short-film but have no idea where to start or who to contact. I've have no directing or any type of film-making experience so probably would want to collaborate with someone to make the short-film...any ideas where to start?

    • ANSWER:
      You can contact your local college or other school that has script or screenwriting courses.

      What the writing needs to be formatted into is called a 'treatment' -- basically it's telling what's happening, not only with the actors, but also what the viewer is seeing (e.g. camera shots, music, whether it's an interior shot or exterior). It's really a fancy outline.

      Here's a site with some info. on treatments:
      http://www.stormforcepictures.com/writingascript-treatment.php

      Also, you can check out your local library which should have many books on this topic as well.

      Finally, consider having someone (a neutral person--not friend or family) read and critique your final treatment; if you can find someone like someone who is in the entertainment business or a professor of film that's the best.

      Good luck!
      PS: Be wary of blogs, and people phishing to steal ideas.

  44. QUESTION:
    My kodak 200 gold film is giving me way more exposures than on the box?
    My canon ae1 has up to 38, the film says 24 exposures. However, I've gone over 38 and it's still going. I can feel it when I move the switch, and I dont want to check in case I ruin my film. Any ideas what is happening?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're really good in loading film you can get 2, maybe 3 more exposures from the roll. Getting 14 more is a sure sign of something being wrong. Could be the takeup slip didn't take, could be it's torn loose.

      What you can do is put the camera in a black plastic bag and take that into a darkened room. Gently open the back and feel with your fingers what the problem may be. Using a bag and a darkened room makes this a fairly safe operation.

  45. QUESTION:
    how do you merge subtitles into a downloaded film?
    The file is in a seperate folder and i want to watch it on my ps3 (it is an avi file) but it is a foreign film.Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      well i no you need to download VOBSUB, then make sure the film and the subtitle file are named exactly the same then open the film in windows media player, im not sure how you would burn it to disk with the subtitles though, i would like to know that myself actually

  46. QUESTION:
    How do I become a film director?
    I know there is full sail, but I don't have any money, and the state I live in does not offer any school that specialize in film. Any ideas of suggestions of how to break into the film industry?

    • ANSWER:
      you just have to save up some money, get a crew, and make a film. then you try and enter it in festivals and if its good hopefully it'll make some money and you'll get your name out there which will get you jobs. its incredibly difficult though and very few people actually make it

  47. QUESTION:
    What are some good movie ideas for a short film made in a month?
    My friend and I would like to make a short movie over our winter break from college, but don't really have any ideas. We live in NYC so lots of good places to film :)

    Any ideas for us?

    • ANSWER:
      nice, me and my friends actually wrote script for a movie about a group of friends trying to find somthing fun to do but everything keeps backfiring or not working out, with a few "family guy" style flashbacks, theres an idea.

  48. QUESTION:
    I need an example of a highly domineering female character in a film?
    For my English Language coursework, I'm writing an article on the language of gender. I need an example of a female who is very dominant and confident, such as a character in a film. Any ideas? Thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      Kathy bates from the movie.......... Misery

  49. QUESTION:
    I've pressed the release button on my camera, but trying to roll the film still feels tight?
    I've always used a different type, but now I'm using a Nikon camera, and although the release button is engaged the film still feels tight and I don't want to roll it and risk ripping the film. Any ideas as to why this might be?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you at the end of the roll?

      To be honest, I would err on the side of caution and just rewind the film. I mean, how crucial are the exposures you have taken, is it worth risking losing them for the price of just using a new roll of film?

  50. QUESTION:
    Any ideas for an action/adventure movie plot?
    For my GCSE media exam I need to create a pitch on my new action/adventure film idea.
    The only problem is I have no idea what to call it, what to do for the plot so I'd appreciate the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Look, this is an old idea I have cast away - so welcome to it ...

      I came up with this character set before the fall of the Roman Empire who is a Buddhist monk. He is from the West and he goes around scientifically explaining things that scare people. Like werewolves and vampires.

      I came up with this about 20 years ago, so I give it to you freely and hope it helps somehow!

      The action and presentation, well, I just wrote out some story outlines and the action was going to be whenever the priest needed his martial arts to save others. My premier story was going to involve a serial killer that everyone thought was a werewolf.

      Anyway, I hope this helps you. I was going to title this "PRIEST" if you can believe that ... I know there is now a Paul Bettany film very much like this, but then again I did wait 20 years and ended up doing nothing with mine.


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