You might be a bundle of anxiety and, understandably so, before you set off to make your first film. Here’s some inspiration from the most brilliant and fearless voices in the indie space, for starters. Six indie directors share valuable insights and advice from their experiences for those venturing into filmmaking for the first time.
1. Sandeep Mohan
“Narrate the story in your ‘voice'”
The best advise to first-time filmmakers and all filmmakers is to respect your ‘voice’ and narrate the story in your voice. Listening to too many people and experts is the biggest mistake most of us end up making.”
Directed: Hola Venky, Love, Wrinkle-free, Upcoming: Shreelancer
2. Shashant Shah
“Have the passion to tell a good story”
You’ve got to be passionate and dedicated if you’re really serious about becoming a filmmaker. Have the passion and the passion to tell a good story. All else is secondary.
Directed: Dasvidaniya, Chalo Dilli
3. Sudhish Kamath
“Choose an editor you can trust”
Pick a qualified editor. Trust him/her blindly because debut filmmakers tend to get over protective of everything they’ve shot. We, as filmmakers, already know the story we are trying to put together and aren’t the most objective to be able to tell how much of it is coming across with the material shot.
An editor would cut the film realistically based on what is available and tell the best story possible with those visuals, objectively. Because he’s not cutting on the basis of what was your plan but fixing the narrative with what you ended up shooting, with all your limitations.
Directed: Good Night Good Morning, X: Past is Present, Upcoming: Side A Side B
Recommended: Tête-à-tête: ‘Side A Side B’ Director Sudhish Kamath