Maverick Approach to Movie Making

The term maverick is used to describe people that are viewed as unconventional and independent, and do not think or behave in the same way as other people. There are many aspiring indie filmmakers out there that take a maverick approach to making movies and end up failing. They waste their talent, time, and money trying to run before they can walk.

Being a maverick filmmaker is cool so long as you understand what it takes to succeed in the movie business. “Know the rules before you break them” is a good saying to remember. You can’t make a name for yourself in the movie business if you do not know how it works. If you’re the type of person that does not listen to sound advice or is a know-it-all, then there is no benefit in continuing reading. If you’re the type of person that is open-minded to new information then this will speak to you.

Some aspiring indie filmmakers are influenced by what they read and hear about famous filmmakers. So and so refused to compromise their creative vision and made the studio back down. That’s how they game is played in Hollywood, but not at the true independent film level. A independent filmmaker that lets their ego control their actions is doomed to fail. The cast and crew on a indie movie are not being paid enough, if they are being paid at all, to deal with a indie filmmaker that is too difficult to work with.

They will either walk off your project or turn in lackluster efforts that will be painfully obvious when you go to edit your movie. Post production never lies. Independent film budgets are tight with no wiggle room for extra shooting days. Many times the seed money to produce a indie movie comes from friends and family of the filmmaker. Not to compromise your creative vision when it’s absolutely necessary to finish the movie is insanity, not to mention selfish. If I personally invested money into a friend or relatives movie I would hope they would control their ego in order to finish the movie.

I’ve always felt making a movie does not give a person the creative license to waste other peoples money. Especially if that money comes from friends and family. I treat investors money as it were my own. Before you shoot your movie it’s a good idea to highlight scenes of your script that are crucial to your creative vision. This is only my opinion, but I have yet to see a movie where every scene is epic. I have yet to talk to another screenwriter that told me that every bit of dialogue and scene they wrote is amazing. Some dialogue and scenes are simply there to keep the story moving. I hang out with an honest bunch of indie filmmakers and we pretty much agree every movie has filler written into it.

It might hurt a unrealistic filmmaker to think that way, but brutal honesty is amazing for the growth of a healthy creative spirit. When you are going through your script highlight filler scenes that are not crucial to your creative vision. Those will be the first scenes to be cut down or removed all together when time and money begin to run out. At the indie movie making level time and money always run out. Be prepared to make changes to your movie and creative vision if push comes to shove. During production of my first feature Consignment I had to rewrite scenes on the spot or the movie would die. I do not feel I compromised my creative vision by making radical changes on the set. I was able to overcome obstacles to finish the movie. Isn’t finishing a movie what it’s all about?

That lead to what I wanted to share with you today, Avoid being a inflexible film snob. Sometimes the situation will demand you adapt your creative vision. Coming in with the attitude that you are flexible will help you deal with things that can kill a movie. Like an actor quitting, a difficult crew member, the loss of a location, or a equipment problem. A lot can go wrong when you are making movie. The more open you are to not to waste energy fighting against what is and finding a fix, the better off you will be as a movie maker.

By no means do you have to be a doormat when making your movie, but you don’t have to be a razor blade either. Blessed is the indie filmmaker that can find and connect with their creative balance. There are a lot of solid life lessons I’ve learned making movies. If you take nothing else from what you’ve read here, take this, “control your ego, do not let your ego control you.” This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing FADE TO BLACK.

Starting Your Screenplay With a Popular Film Opening

The beginning of your script must always have an original scent to it, while at the same time it must have a feeling of familiarity. Many screenwriters are stumped on this aspect of scriptwriting, and that is exactly why I will be discussing a few of the popular and classic openings to a movie. Let’s get the script piñata and beat the crap out of it, shall we?

THE BIG-BANG OPENING. This is a brilliant format for action-adventure type movies. You can start with a set piece that will place your characters right in the middle of action. When you think most of the action genre, think of the successful James Bond franchise. Generally, Bond will be somewhere doing some abstract mission and beating the crap out of the enemy. This automatically shifts the audience into fifth gear and tells them that this movie is going to be action packed. Remember not to go overboard with the action sequences within your set piece since later on you’ll need to climax the action. If you start high, you’ll have to create an even higher climax. Sometimes overloading the audience with too much action is a really bad idea.

“WHO ARE THEY” OPENING SCENE. In this opener you will not reveal the identities of your characters, but rather allow them to reveal themselves through their dialogue. Your skills in letting the facts seep through dialogue must be impeccable. This is a brilliant strategy to leave the audience guessing who the characters really are. Think of the comedy-crime movie Snatch (Sony Pictures Entertainment) for a second–the opening scene is in the elevator where the bearded Rabbi’s are talking about the Bible. All of a sudden they break into a set piece of robbing a diamond vault, and then finally the characters are introduced. British filmmaker Guy Richie uses other techniques to introduce his characters, but you can learn from his techniques from watching this movie.

“HOW DID WE GET HERE” OPENING SCENE. This opener takes you right to a mini climax in the movie that will be revealed later. This could be your hero on the verge of being sacrificed to a bunch of savage cannibals. Right before calamity strikes, you go to the next scene where your character is in a more normal situation, thus the audience will be wondering how the hell he got to that predicament later.

THE ORIGIN OPENING SCENE. Screenwriter and actor Seth Rogan, in the movie The Green Hornet (Columbia Pictures), expertly implemented this opening whereby he goes to the little curly headed fat kid standing up for the lesser people and being scolded by his father. Remember that this is a very cliché opening so you’ll need to add in your own twists and turns to reveal a deep secret that will give your audience a deeper understanding of how your hero thinks, acts, and reacts to situations.

There is no right or wrong way of beginning you opening scene. Use your creative juices to combine any of the above mentioned scenes to create an original opening. Ultimately it is up to you.

The Planet 51 Movie and Related Toys – The Soldiers

Planet 51, one of the best animated motion pictures this has just been put out. The movie, which has the voice performances of people like Dwayne Johnson and Jessica Biel has hit the cinemas running. In its wake the movie has left several cheering fans that want more of the fantastic movie and are already lunging for the Planet 51 toys. The cinemas were packed with boys and girls watching the movie. The movie has garnered high views on several different ratings poles and multiple persons have recommended it. When enjoying the Planet 51 movie you will see a star studded voice cast and brilliant animation. In addition new Planet51 toys, clothing and even Planet 51 video games are being released with this new and fantastic film.

The Planet 51 movie was made in Spain and directed by Jorge Blanco. The movie was in cinemas as of November, 20th of this year. Many people have flocked to the theaters to watch this motion picture. The Planet 51 movie follows the challenges of an spaceman being lost on an alien planet that he did not know was occupied. The astronaut is trailed around by soldiers that are frightened that he will make them into zombies. He makes many different friends on Planet 51 who help him get back to his native planet of Earth. The movie has some extremely funny scenes and sure to keep even the elders in stitches.

During the height of the story, Chuck the astronaut from Earth is being harassed by some of the “funny” resident military soldiers from Planet 51. these two Planet 51 “aliens” are very naive and in no time Chuck persuades the soldiers that they are under his will. He dupes the soldiers into believing that he control them and they have to help him break out. The soldiers follow him blindly not noticing that they are being tricked. The soldiers even help hide Chuck in the video store doing anything that they are being told to do.

The Planet 51 aliens conceal Chuck and Lem, Chucks Planet 51 pal, and help them get from point A to point B several times in the Planet 51 movie, but ultimately General Grawl, the rigid general, catches up to them. They are spotted at a costume party. Chuck is easy to see among all the other soldiers, as he has the United States Flag on his costume. General Grawl has a blunt attitude towards Chuck as he does not want to be a zombie and has no wish to deal with Chuck or anyone else from Earth for that matter. He has his soldiers hold Chuck and the gang. He has Professor Kripple look at all involved and his proposal is to cut apart everyone’s brains, supposing that Chuck had turned everyone into a zombie. Chuck, not wanting Lem to go through this seemed like he freed Lem from his zombie spell. This is enough to sway Kripple and General Grawl that Lem is not a zombie and they release him. They capture Chuck and Rover as well as the two soldiers who still believe that they are zombies.

Later on in the Planet 51 movie, when Lem and his gang are caught by the soldiers to Base 9, which is Planet 51’s secret base, the movie shows the two soldiers brains passing by. You later see the two soldiers talking like nothing happened endeavoring to sip drinks. They were not able to find their mouths. This adds a moment of humor to the movie. You also see several different soldiers on the Planet 51’s Base 9 as well.

As the movie goes on, Chuck, who is took to be interviewed by General Grawl has a chain of command in the room with them. He tells Chuck that he cannot escape because there is a immense plan. If he steps away, one solider will fire at the other, the next soldier will shoot the other, so on and so forth until they arrive at the last guy who is supposed to electrocute everyone. This leads to the soldiers all getting confused and a huge dispute ensues. Needless to say those soldiers get shot at and electrocuted making the General very upset. He then commands the soldiers to take Chuck away to have his brain taken out. Luckily for Chuck he is freed and they all live happily ever after, even General Grawl.

The Planet 51 movie is a terrific film for any child and elder as well. When your little child sees this motion picture, they are sure to want some of the Planet51 toys that are being released with it, especially the boys will like soldiers and the Military truck & tank toy. Since the Planet 51 movie it is new, not a whole lot of toys are for sale but there are several that are out. One of the best toys out is the 3 inch figure soldier. You can find these by creating a search online for Planet 51 3 inch figure soldiers. those will be wonderful for your boy to play with as the figurines are replicas of the soldiers found on Planet 51. You will be able to locate those toys at several different places. Performing a search online is probably the most convenient way to go to find the Planet51 toys.

After purchasing those Planet 51 3 inch figure soldiers, you can persuade your children to mimic the Planet 51 movie scenes. They could mimic the movie scene where the soldiers transform into zombies. Your kids copying this scene is sure to get laughs as well as help them with their memory skills. They can also have their soldiers leave on new tasks on their own Planet 51 at home. Maybe they could go on a task to find their now dissected brains, somewhere hidden on Planet 51. Or maybe a quest to find other Earthly artifacts on their Planet 51 or maybe even a watch for when Chuck flies back home. Try to direct them a little into following part of the movie’s “message”; Soldiers do not shoot and kill but protect, go on missions and can be funny guys.

Keep watching the online markets for the Planet51 toys. As the Planet 51 movie gets more popular and is released on DVD you will discover more and more toys, in addition to your toy soldiers. Simply keep searching for Planet51 toys and you will discover multiple different ones to choose from including the 3 inch soldier figurines. I know that Amazon has got all the Planet51 toys, including the models Chuck, Lem, the Mini Bump & Go Rover and the 3 inch soldier figurines; these toy soldiers are exact replicas of the habitants of Planet 51. You will also buy the mini vehicle figure 2-pack Military truck & tank toy. All Planet51 toys are very well made and very durable. The toys look just like the items that are utilized in the movie. these toys are quite new and can be somewhat troublesome to purchase, and may be even out of order already, but once you one make sure you purchase it before others do. Although this may not be enough and you may need to buy a few other Planet51 toys to start the collection. His/Her Birthday may be close too, and you will already have a clue on what item to select, Guess what? Another few Planet51 toys!

The Planet51 toys will make several different children pleased all year long. It is a wonderful film and if you have not watched it yet, be sure to view it as soon as you can. Be sure to watch it as soon as you can – it is a fantastic movie and if you have not watched it yet!

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