Discussion in 'Fan Activities' started by coey fenter, Apr 9, 2012.
looking for people that would like to do a live action clone wars series
MORE Clone Wars?
Note: Posted this when it was in the TCW forum
im making a web series
Why clone wars? Anything but the clone wars!
Welcome to the forums!
Look, I'm guessing you're a young or relatively new filmmaker. So I'm gonna give you a couple of bits of advice.
Start small. Learn to crawl before you walk.
Don't try to jump into a series involving Internet folk. See about making something small with your friends. (Even a small Star Wars thing. That's fun.)
At any rate. When the regular TFN forum re-opens we have all sorts of threads to help people making their first movies. The idea, though, is to think locally and specifically and bring _actionable_ posts to the forum. From this post, I don't know what jobs are open or where you live; I don't know why your series would be worthwhile or why I should help you.
Rick McCallum loves you!
From my own experience with making things with friends, I can assure you that even a small fanfilm is lots of work, and unless you have friends who are extremely dedicated to the not-so-fun parts... you'll end up with the majority of the work and the project will end up falling through.
As Adam said, learn to crawl before you walk (or in this case, run). My brother and I are avid filmmakers, however, our friends lack the patience and dedication to see a project through to the bitter end. So, my brother and I tend to make small stop-motion shorts. They may be at most a couple minutes long. I suggest starting very small, like that. If you are entirely new to film, starting very small will give you a feel for the filming process, along with a taste as to what will be involved.
Here is a sampling of what you could expect, and what caused a friend of mine's project to fall flat:
Time to work, writing the script, revising the script (trust me, no one will like their lines and you'll find yourself rewriting the dialogue over and over until your hand falls off), auditioning (not everyone is good at acting), set design (somewhere other than your back yard), equipment (cameras, microphones, etc), props (you need to either build them or buy them), costumes (again, build or buy), pre- and post-production, editing, redoing the same damn scene over and over and over and over all day long until your actors say to hell with it and go home (they're not paid to stay. They're not paid at all).
It is a lot of work. And that would be for just one single episode of your proposed series. One. Single. Episode.
Many new filmmakers don't realize the amount of work that goes into a project and many fans of film who wish to create on a whim don't realize it either. The acting is the fun part. The rest is not and I can assure you that you will be hard-pressed to find friends who want to do the grunt work.
Start small. Start very small. Get a feel for the industry first. Then consider a larger project. I wish you luck.
At the very least, try the idea of making a trailer of your Clone Wars series. A two-minute stand alone endeavor will show you how much work will go into your larger scale production you're thinking of. And if you decide it's not worth it - which historically happens a TON - then you at least have a trailer to put out.