Filmmaking 101: Establishing Connection with Your Audience

Film and filmmaking are not as simple as many people think. A movie starts with a story and then turns into something bigger that requires lots of people, several places and many types of equipment. For example, given the fact that a filmmaker is already holding an exceptional piece of writing that he can bring into the big screen, he and his team have still a lot of things to consider to be able to make a successful film. After all, a film can only be successful if the filmmakers were able to connect to their audience.

Simple Reminders to Connect to Your Audience

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1.    Utilizing Technical Camera Shots

Viewers might not notice it, but most of the time, they tend to feel as if they were on the scene or they are the actors themselves through different camera shots and angles. There are several camera tricks that filmmakers apply to make sure that their audiences feel the same way as the characters do. Point of View (POV), long extreme close-ups and over the shoulder shots, are the most common camera shots filmmaker use to make this possible. Wide shots, on the other hand, are used to give the audiences a chance to see the whole story like they are in the film itself only that they are afar.

2.    Soundtrack and Sound Effects

Technically, it’s not only the clear voice of the characters’ dialogue that makes each film pleasing and more understandable to the audience. Soundtracks and sound effects are used to trigger more emotion and feeling to the character’s actions. As Elmer Beinstein, the composer for music in the film “To Kill a Mockingbird” says, music and soundtracks express all of the feelings that each character fails to communicate. It adds emotion and passion and thus, entices the audience to watch for more. There are even a lot of times when soundtracks become the other identity of the film.

3.    Actors’ Performance

Of course, another thing that should be in consideration with filmmaking is the actors and actresses. Exceptional filmography and astounding soundtrack would be put into waste if the actors will fail on reliving the story’s characters. The actors are expected to portray a character that can induce emotions to the audience. They must be able to make the audience relate to their characters, bring empathy, humor, and jeopardy.

4.    Values and Emotions

However, after all of those technicalities, it all boils down to one thing. A film can only be considered a movie if it successfully sent the messages it has to convey. And one of the ways to do that is to bring out emotions and trigger the audience’s values. You must never underestimate the power of emotions. Feelings and emotions, if we think about it, are the unknown things that make us feel alive. If you successfully triggered your audiences’ values and feelings, consider your film successful. Can you imagine how amazing it is to create a masterpiece that makes people feel different kinds of emotion? Filmmaking sure isn’t easy, but after all of the hardships, you will realize that everything is worth it as you flourishingly make other people feel.



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