8 Ways To Make A Cringeworthy Film

Want to know how to make movies? Want some excellent film advice? Then stop what you’re doing and read this article because it’s the only one you’ll ever need.

Here are eight ways you can make a cringeworthy film:

  1. Pre-production is just a suggestion.

Pre-production is hard. Sometimes so hard it’s stressful. Yes, stressful. You don’t want unnecessary stress in your life, right? Cutting corners is the millennial way.

You’ll be happier. Your film will be so much better and smoother when there’s no stress involved. It’s science. Pre-production is stressful – stress is bad for your health. No stress = smooth ride to success.

  1. The first draft of the script is usually the best.

Stay true to your original idea. Don’t cave and change the story just because it ‘makes sense’ to someone else. They don’t understand your unique creativity.

  1. Use your friends for the actors.

Remember the friend who asked you to put them in your movies when you become famous? Yeah, use them.

They have what it takes. They’ll be good. Honest. Finding good actors is hard and takes too much work.

  1. The dialogue in the script is the most important part of the film.

Cliches are a must. People like to see and hear what they’re familiar with.

Something to help you speed up the pre-production process is to have the characters say everything going on in the scene. This way you don’t need to plan how you’re going to tell the story visually because your characters explain everything.

If Quentin Tarantino can make a movie with 80% dialogue, then so can you.

  1. Use ADR (Additional dialogue replacement) for EVERYTHING.

Even when you don’t need to. You want your audio to sound nice and crisp, so crisp it’s unnatural. The audience knows it’s all fake so this doesn’t matter.

For extra cringe, don’t spend too much time syncing up the new audio with the video. Your audience will understand.

  1. Basically, fix everything in post.


  1. Don’t watch other movies for inspiration.

Let’s be honest, watching movies does not count as ‘research’, it’s a distraction. The time could be better spent making a movie of your own.

  1. Insert your own political and religious beliefs.

People need to know the truth. What you believe is most likely true otherwise you wouldn’t believe it, so it’s important you make sure this is portrayed through your film.

Still want to know how to make movies? I wouldn’t either after reading this. What you should actually do is research as much as you can. Read countless film advice articles and watch countless movies.

Never stop learning. Never stop growing in your knowledge and experience. Work on film sets as much as you can and get out there and shoot something.

Popular movies aren’t created after the first draft, they don’t neglect pre-production, they embrace every part of the filmmaking process to become the masterpieces they are.


  • Jay Evans


    Jay Evans has spent the last 8 years working as a film editor, 4 of which have been with The Initiative Production Company. In his spare time he enjoys music, comedy, experimental cooking and getting lost in the woods.


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