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ON HIATUS

…until prescreening season rolls around again.  In the meantime, find me at my more permanent home:

http://www.morewertzler.com

Don’t stop making movies because somebody hated your film.  You will make short films, and many of them will be awful.  But you’ll learn something valuable each time, and every film will be better than the last in one way or another.

This blog came about as the result of watching hundreds of filmmakers make the exact same mistakes over and over again.  In the process, I’ve managed to intimidate myself to the point that I’m scared to pick up a camera again.  But that’s the only way I’ll make better films—by making awful shorts.  Then bad ones.  Then okay ones.  Then decent ones.  And maybe one day, a good one.

Spring festival season is fast approaching, and my pre-screening duties have come to a close for the year.  I’ll be putting the blog on hiatus for some time, but I’m sure I’ll have some snark to share over the next few months before the cycle begins again.  In the meantime, you can follow my quest to find the perfect film over at http://ayearofmovies.tumblr.com.  Submissions still remain open as well.

Now get out there and make that awful movie.  Because your next will be better, and we’ll all be happier for it.  Thanks for reading.

I can see the reflection of your camera lens and it’s only the third shot of the film.  This is a problem.

Amnesia stories have been done time and time again.  Show me why I should pay attention to yours over the rest.

Choose your narrators wisely if your film contains no synch sound.  It’s pretty clear that your narrator’s voice would never come out of your main character’s mouth.

Wandering camerawork may identify the viewer with your apathetic protagonist, but it doesn’t justify the fact that your protagonist doesn’t care about anything.

If you’re going to use shots from Google Earth, make sure the words “trial version” aren’t, you know… there.

courtesy notebookstuff

Lowering the volume of the audio track doesn’t make it sound like it’s coming from the phone. Putting five seconds of effort into a filter makes it sound like it’s coming from the phone.

-courtesy movietvguide

You’re really not going to spellcheck your DVD cover before printing, huh?

Do not put disclaimers ahead of your film.  Everything you need to say should be within the movie itself.