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What Makes A Great Film
When we go to the movies we are witnessing a real situation that has been magnified so that we can see all the angles and nuances that accompany any problem or issue. The members of the audience that are watching the film are made to feel sympathy with the character, or at least feel some emotion toward the character, that helps them to identify with the people in the movie. This helps the audience members enjoy the escape that the film provides.
In the years before the invention of the VCR and DVD player the only way to see movies was in the theater. Unless you watched the edited version on television and put up with the many commercial interruptions the only choice was the movie theater. The experience of watching a movie in the theater with the big screen and the darkened room can't be experienced in any other way.
For those who are studying filmmaking, enjoying the films of the 1930's and 40's are one way that you can see filmmaking at its best. During this time, the best films that have ever been made were created. This era in filmmaking was filled with the best directors and actors that have ever come out of Hollywood.
What these films can teach today's filmmakers is the importance of stirring the emotions of the audience. The great directors knew how to touch an audience and create a good story that was full of emotion.
To accomplish this, the filmmaker will control the pace of the film and give the piece meaning and direction. The film should show the experiences that the characters in the movie encounter as they move through the scenes. The characters should also be on a path toward a goal or pursuit in which obstacles confront them.
The change and growth of the character is what will give the story purpose and meaning. If there is no meaning or growth for the characters then the movie will just feel trivial and unimportant to the audience. There are many movies that just entertain the audience, but they are not the ones that remain in the consciousness of the audience.
The story is told through the different scenes in the movie. It is up to the filmmaker to determine what scenes should be in the film and which ones should be left out. Each scene must do its part to move the events of the plot forward and if the filmmaker determines that a scene does not meet those criteria then it should be eliminated.
The way that the director determines which scene is moving the story forward is up to his unique style and artistry. Every director tells a story in a different way. The director will often determine if a scene moves the plot by asking what would happen if the scene were not included in the final movie.
Films begin with a question that the main character must answer. The entire plot of the movie is dedicated to answering the question. It may not be apparent right away what the question is in the film, but through the telling of the story it will eventually become clear.
The best stories are those that have a great many twists and turns in the plot. This will help keep the audience members trying to guess what is going to happen next. This kind of engagement is what makes a truly great film.
Fred has a long list of credits to his name and his experience as a director, screenwriter and actor. He is an instructor at Asia's Premier Film School, the International Academy of Film and Television.