Making movies is an incredible buzz, but it’s nothing compared to the buzz you get when people start talking about your work and you see the viewing figures rising …and it gets better.
If you’re really good, you can get your movies shown in some surprising places.
Watching a movie you made, projected on a full-size cinema screen with high quality surround sound, in front of a paying audience, is an indescribable feeling.
Even though Moviestorm directors work on minuscule budgets, some of them have had their work shown in film festivals around the world, on every continent. The very best have won awards in local, national and international contests and their talents have been recognised by leading directors.
Getting the best from Moviestorm
In one word – quality.
When they’re flicking through videos on YouTube, your viewers will go onto something else in just a few seconds if they think you’re wasting their time. You’ve got to be more interesting than videos of cute kittens or whatever the latest viral meme is. And not only do you have to hold your audience’s attention, your movie has to be good enough that they want to tell their friends about it. So not only do you need to have an interesting movie, you need to pay attention to every aspect of it. Make sure the sound is good, spend time on the lighting, avoid shaky camerawork, and render it at the highest video quality you can manage. It takes time, but the final polish and the finishing touches are what distinguish a good movie from a great one.
Just as importantly, edit relentlessly. Don’t expect your viewers to sit through a long opening title sequence. They won’t. They’ll go back to watching kittens. Cut out everything you can possibly cut out. Then cut some more. Even trimming out a few seconds here and there can make a difference. It feels savage, but it’s what you need to do. It’s often easier to get someone else to edit your movie for you – it’s hard to lose a great shot you spent a long time on, but the audience really doesn’t care how much work you put into it, only whether it works in the final story.
Publicizing your movie starts early – don’t wait till you’re finished. Enthuse the Moviestorm community by talking about your work in progress and posting screenshots and trailers in the forums. Tell people about it via Facebook, Twitter, and email. Start a blog or a web site for it, and get people involved.
Invite them to comment, and talk to them – the more open and friendly you are, the more interested they will be. Comment on other people’s movies too, and make yourself into a valued and respected member of the community.
Watch ‘Clockwork’, by Iceaxe
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