There is little doubt that filmmakers have a tough job.
Not in the same way that coal miners or paramedics do, of course, but making a
film is difficult; making a great film, even more so. There are so many
variables at play, from budgetary and time constraints, the scheduling of
everyone involved, and the pressure from producers to do things a certain way
or with certain people.
The variable most difficult to
predict, and the one that is impossible to get right for everyone, is the eternally annoying
fact that people’s opinions on what is good or bad varies wildly.
have to contend with full reviews from professional critics right through to any
Tom, Dick or Harry on Twitter, in which this piece of art that they have poured
their heart and soul in for months, or even years, could potentially be summed up
with a glib hashtag, like #theworst
That said: this enclosed list contains things that – in
the perfect world we are all trying to create together – should not be
happening in motion pictures from this point forward. None of the things listed
will completely ruin a film in most cases, or even get close to doing so, but
it is still best to play it safe and stop doing them immediately.
I write in many forms - articles, reviews, stories, poetry, and screenplays. I have a blog in which I mainly rant about film and politics, as well as showcasing my street art photography.
I also make films and occasionally illustrate.