November 15, 2014

focus on story
Lately, the thing I’ve been realising more and more is the power of storytelling – but why is it so important to filmmaking, and how can we improve our storytelling?

When I first started out, I’d get annoyed hearing filmmakers constantly telling me how important story was. Especially since equipment and practical knowledge is so accessible. However, in the last year i’ve been caring less and less about equipment and technique, realising that none of it matters if the film doesn’t have a story to tell.

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Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Paul Robertson

    Tell your own story or find some one else and tell their story. I think it can be confusing between telling a story or creating a story. To me film making is about presenting a story – but my experience is limited to event based filming and family filming and the story unfolds as you film it. I agree with you that story telling does not need expensive gear. Enjoy your film making and keep up the good work on your YouTube channel.

    • That’s a very good point – not every filmmaker is a writer. And it’s brilliant if you can find someone else and tell their story, but the thing is when shooting weddings, corporate videos, or youtube videos etc I’m finding that it’s so often left to the filmmaker to find / create the story completely! Thanks for the support, Paul!