It’s been two years since I began the crazy notion of directing and writing my feature films. In that time I’ve written a book that’s been published that I’m turning into a movie later this year, I have completed 6 feature films. All totally different genres. I have met an incredible mentor who supports me in ways I never thought possible. I am speaking on a directors panel at Cannes Film Festival and I have won various awards at various film festivals. The reason I’m telling you this is not to brag. It’s because I want to show that anything is possible. My next book Filmmaking without Fear is also being completed. This book really explains the ins and outs of making a feature starting from having nothing to a completed project and from my personal experiences including the highs and the lows.
One of the main questions I get asked is “how did I do it?” And “how did you get distribution?” Both very valid questions. Actually directing the film can be the easiest part.
So I wanted to share a small bit of knowledge that can hopefully help you all become Filmmakers or Storytellers.
How did I do it?
1)I had no fear that’s how. I worked all hours possible on moving my dream forward.
2)I went ahead and did it even if people said things weren’t possible. I found a way of doing it. I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.
3)I started from the bottom and worked my way up. I’m not afraid of hard work, I’m not afraid of failure and I’m not afraid of making something that isn’t brilliant because I want to learn from those experiences. I can assure you, it will never be perfect. I crave learning. I love the fact that every single one of my films has taught me something new.
If I was to put it into three easy steps:
1)I would say find a story you’re passionate about that you want to tell.
2)Work out the purpose of your film, is it to sell, make a short or just for you?
3)Then plan how to shoot it based on the purpose.
Surround yourself with other passionate people who have the same goal as you to tell a good story.
The hardest element about making films is the post and prepping for distribution. To me this is all about relationships. I’ve discussed the film with distributors and sales agents before I’ve shot it incase there’s something that will prevent it from being of interest or able to sell. Then I keep them in the loop with everything that I do.
Seeing things through from beginning concept to the end is important. If you can’t complete it then what’s the point. People will remember you for completing and either selling it or taking it to festivals.
Never give up. Keep on going.
About Elizabeth Blake Thomas
All I think about, breathe, dream about is film. I am working on several projects simultaneously. Success is something I am able to achieve everyday, by meeting new people, trying new things and making young people very happy. My non profit is a major part of my life. The philanthropic productions I produce are integral to who I am. My other important element of my life is my soul mate and daughter Isabella Blake Thomas. She is part of all my wonderful projects in some role either as an actress, an ambassador, a director or an interviewer. I am always wanting to collaborate so please get in touch. I will be speaking at Cannes Film Festival on the director's panel May 10th at 3.30 for Sunscreen Film Festival. I hope you can join me. Please follow me on @elizabeth_B_T and my site www.elizabethblakethomas.co.uk for more updates.
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