How to make your drama movies disappear.
I like to say, “If you can’t do it, do it.”
So how do you get a film out of the editing room and onto the screen without making it too obvious?
If you want to make a drama movie disappear, you need to have your movie be too obvious.
For instance, in my new book, the Drama Maker, I detail how I use filmic cues, like a strong lead character, to make my drama movies vanish.
In fact, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen my films disappear from my reel.
The key is to make it so obvious.
Let me explain.
Before you can start, you have to figure out the problem.
I know that I’m not the only person who finds filmic hints in films.
They happen all the time.
I’m just a few of the countless people who are fascinated by the visual effects of movies.
You don’t have to look for them all.
Sometimes, you’ll just have to discover what they are, and you can be creative with your clues.
But sometimes you’ll have to think about it yourself, and find ways to make them disappear.
Here are some ideas.
The First Point of Entry.
One way to make sure your film is easy to see is to put it at the beginning of the reel.
You can also start by showing the movie’s poster.
If you can make it look like a sign, make sure you show it before you start your movie.
If it looks like a piece of paper, don’t worry about it.
Just take it out of your mind.
The poster is the most obvious clue, so if you don’t show it, the film will just fade away.
Another way to do this is to show the trailer for your film, and then use the trailers to get to the point of your film.
Use a small poster that’s about the size of a quarter to do the trick.
That way, you can have the trailer pop up whenever you need it.
For example, I put a trailer at the end of the first half of my movie.
That’s a good starting point for a plot point.
But when I put it after the trailer, it becomes obvious that this is a movie about a girl.
It’ll fade away without ever showing up on the poster.
So you need a trailer that looks like something you want your audience to see.
If the trailer doesn’t do this, it’ll only be used to make you think the movie is boring.
Don’t Forget to Have Fun.
As you get your film closer to the finish line, you might think, “Okay, I’m going to cut away at the first sign, and see if I can get a more clear idea of what’s going on in the story.”
You can even try cutting away from the movie, if you think it’s too hard.
But this will make your movie look like the trailers.
And if you’re the filmmaker, you know you’re going to be making more films.
So just keep cutting away.
It won’t hurt to do a little tweaking, too.
I suggest you cut away from your movie once or twice, to get a feel for how your audience is reacting to your film’s plot.
The second thing you can do is put it in front of your camera, and watch as your audience watches it.
If your audience’s watching the movie in a very open way, they’ll be more likely to notice something that makes the film look like it’s a film.
That can be the poster, a hint at a plot twist, or the trailer.
If something catches your audience off guard, they might not notice.
You may also notice that the audience seems to enjoy watching your movie more.
If they don’t, they may be bored.
So you’ve got to be creative.
And you can always experiment with your filmic clues, to see what works.
The important thing is to have fun with your movie, and to have an audience.
So when you cut your film down to the bare bones, try cutting out a few scenes or scenes you can cut away.
Try cutting them away from each other, too, and give yourself a break.
I guarantee that you’ll find that your audience will enjoy the film.