Hi, I used be a producer or associate producer of some lil movies in LA and NYC. Here are a few things that really irritate me and that you can easily adjust, so your movie doesn’t look and feel like a student film:
1) Sound is liquid. It takes the shape of the container it’s in. For every sound you add in post, remember that it sounds different in different rooms. I just watched the pilot episode of the “Witches of East End” or whatever and there was a bar scene where the background music track was just like, a flat mp3 that played quietly. It is so discomfiting to be watching a loud bar scene without ambient noise and a quiet, ill-shaped music track that sounds more like it’s coming from my itunes rather than the large crowded bar I’m looking at.
2) Sound in general, is where many productions fall short for me. Think of it in terms of soundscapes- think about all the textures, ridges, layers, and nuance that you would emphasize in your visual landscape, and apply it to your sound.
3) Seriously, I cannot emphasize sound enough. You have to pay more attention to postproduction audio and sound mixing.
4) You can wield darkness the same ways you can manipulate light.
5) Step away from the work lights (I know, I KNOW, they are cheap and accessible) and pick up a bounce card or photoflex reflector. You can use more available light and your actors will thank you for not cooking them under hot-as-shit lamps.
6) Human speech is flawed. We don’t speak perfectly, unless we have measured our words beforehand and we are speaking with intent. Keep this in mind when your actors know their lines too well. Even if they are, you know, ~acting and delivering the lines with the correct emotional backing, remember that often in real life, we pause to find words or take breaths or look away. Perfect, snappy, smooth dialogue is for villains, sitcoms recorded in front of a studio audience, and infomercials.
7) Also in that vein, keep in mind that often in dialogue, sentences run into each other when two people are speaking. They overlap a little, sometimes. Be careful of when your actors are waiting for the other to finish speaking before they begin their line. It’s a professional etiquette thing, and not running over someone else’s lines is important, but watch out for when those polite pauses take up too much space and stall the flow of dialogue.
8) Don’t buy props that are brand new. It bugs me so fucking much when production designers use all-new everything on sets. Do you know how many times I’ve watched a scene involving a ~mysterious old witch lady and she busts out a brand new deck of Tarot cards? White, crisp, new cards. Stop doing that! I know it’s easier to go to the store and buy exactly what you need brand-new, but please make an effort to find older props and costumes or add the “lived with” patina to new stuff.
9) hmmm. what else
10) sound. okay bye
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