Independent Filmmaking – Finding your style

by Peter D. Marshall

by  Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros.


“When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.'”
Quentin Tarantino

Thanks Quentin! I’m right there with you!

No need to worry that you haven’t gone to film school, or even that you have little or no experience on other peoples films, although I would recommend volunteering, it’s a great way to learn what not to do, as well as a few tricks.

It also gives you confidence, which, let’s face it, is more than half the battle in anything!

But it’s certainly not essential at any level of filmmaking, most of the famous directors never went, they either learnt on their own, or apprenticed, or were something else in film before they directed. Scorsese was an editor, James Cameron a set designer, so you can find your way in any way.

I am prepping for a short film at the moment. The script is written, the casting is done and I have my location secured, which I’m very excited about as it’s the first time I have shot in an actual professional establishment, (sandwich bar).

It’s a short film, a one night shoot, and I really only need hair and makeup and sound, other than myself and my husband…, what else is there to do I hear you cry?

Hmmm…depends on what you want to achieve.

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