If you are just starting out to create your feature film you may have a lot of questions. Filmmakers tend to approach making a film in many different ways. Some of them use a script or a book, while others may just go with an idea off the top of their head. The question may come up regarding how long the average feature film length should be. A better question is how many pages of script is needed to make your film the length that you want it to be.
There is no exact answer as to how long your film should be. You may have a very short script of maybe 5 – 10 pages. On the other hand your script may be 100 pages long. Then your film length will vary depending on the changes made during the film process itself.
To help determine the length of your feature film you can use the industry average: 30 seconds of footage per page of script. Keep in mind that that is a rough guess considering that long extensive spoken lines will take longer to do that shorter or fewer spoken lines. This is something to remember if you want your film length to be a specific amount of time when completed.
If you have made any films before you will already know that there is a lot of editing to be do. Changing the layout can certainly change the time frame of the film. When you shoot 60 minutes of footage it may actually end up being closer to 30 – 40 minutes of feature film.
The biggest problem most filmmakers face with their scrips is making sure that they have enough detail to create enough footage. It takes approximately 30 pages of script to make a 15 minute production. And then, if you edit out certain areas you will need to lengthen your script to meet your goal of a 15 minute film.
When you have a team of writers, or even just one, the task of editing the script is made much easier. Your job as filmmaker would include reading the script over and making notes about it which will help the writers to expand the story in the areas you want more details or information.
If you are one of the lucky ones who has the creative knack of expanding out a script as you go then the actual length of the script is not all that important. Certainly quite a few filmmakers have taken a short script and made it into an extensive feature film. Experience definitely helps a filmmaker fine tune a script and the longer you’ve been doing it, the easier it is to flesh out a script. the main ingredient to succeeding is having a good script to begin with that is creative and has plenty of detail. This can help you get a grasp of how long your feature film length will be and make the whole creation process more enjoyable.
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Question by : What Camcorder should an Independent Filmmaker with no money buy?
I have very little money and I would like a camera that has professional picture.
Answer by Rugratzzzzzzzzzzz
You get nothing for nothing, and this is very true when you start to talk about video.
A very good cheap camera (secondhand) would be something like a canon XL1s or XL2, an XL1 you would be able to get for around $ 500. XL2 possible 1000 to 1500 ish, tape based standard definition. there is nothing in that price range that will give you such high quality video.
The reason is its down to compression and codecs. tape based cameras use MPG and the compression is kept to a minimum, where as consumer cameraas compress the video as much as they can get away with and use truely awful codecs. If you are going to look at sub $ 500 then you may as well get something like a HD flip, as the quality is not going to vary much between models.
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