Chapter 18

Ten Ideas for Making Fantastic Movies


Bullet Making a montage

Bullet Adding a film noir motif

Bullet Creating a news segment

Bullet Avoiding overuse of features

After assembling your movie and having some idea of the narrative, it’s time to “tighten” it up. Maybe you have some idea of what you want to do, or maybe you’re just not sure how to take it to the next level. Let’s exercise those creative muscles by checking out some of these ideas that can work for your movie.

It’s always a good idea to think about your favorite films, television shows, or even YouTube videos, and the definitive techniques used in each. Maybe it was the narration in Joker, the subtitles in Squid Game, or suspense built through montage editing in a classic film like Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin. Many of these techniques were added after the movie was shot and before or during editing. So, in no particular order, let’s examine some ideas that can make your movie sing.

Making Your Own Brady Bunch Opening (Or Something Like It)

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