The problem here is not people not knowing how to make films, but story telling. In today’s film industry, the main deficit is new stories. We see giant film industries such as Hollywood recycling old stories and packaging them as new.
The problem causing that recycling is the culture of not reading intensively despite millions of books out there.
Recently, a staff of this paper showed me a great clip. Yes the knowledge of framing shots, and lighting, was great and I told him that. However, my advice to him was to get into the culture of reading.
All great movies we know of, originated from books. Without reading novels, the future film makers will just hit a dead-end. Also, avoid imitating what other film brands have done—the audience out there is hungry for something new and different.
Good luck to all budding directors and producers.
Reaction is made to the story, “Brandes on marketing Rwanda as a film hub” (The New Times, November 8)