Advice on How to Make the Perfect Film

As independent filmmakers, we all want the same thing: to make the perfect film. Well, why not glean what we can from indie directors who are doing it right.

Maybe I’m biased, but Lion was the first film I ever raved about, where I didn’t feel worried it would build the film up too much. I consider it the best film of the year, which you can read more about here.

We all get super excited about a film, but then when we go to see it, it fails to meet our expectations. Or maybe you’ve got one of those friends who, like me, raves about a movie. Then you go see it and again, it fails to deliver.

When I walked out of the cinema after seeing Lion, I was shell-shocked. I experienced this weird culture shock and the movie stayed with me for days after.

Any time someone asked my opinion about the film, I couldn’t say enough good things about it and made all my friends promise me they’d go see it. Then after they saw it, I asked if I’d ruined the film for them by building it up. Not one single person was disappointed.

From a film perspective, Lion was beautiful. The cinematography had a purpose and always aided in telling the story. The acting was phenomenal and captivating. And as a filmmaker, I couldn’t find one single fault with the film.

It’s the independent filmmakers dream to make something so beautiful.

When I saw this interview with Lion director Garth Davis, from the Film Courage channel on Youtube, I knew I needed to watch it. You should watch it too. If we want to create our own perfect independent film, we should be learning from directors who have made them.

What do you think? Are you full of inspiration and innovative ideas on how to bring your own film to perfection?

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  • Charis Joy Jackson

    Producer, Director, Writer, Actress

    Charis Joy Jackson is a writer, director, producer and teacher working with The Initiative Production Company. During the day she makes movies and in her spare time is writing a novel. She's a self-proclaimed nerd who wishes she could live in Hobbiton. You can follow her on Instagram @charisjoyjackson

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