written by owen on 2005-Jul-13.
Good movies are R-rated. It is an unavoidable consequence. Ensure that you have a script for your movie and that you have read it and showed it to a couple strangers your pass on the street. It is preferred that the script for your movie be written by someone other than yourself and that it is not based entirely on a real life event aka a 'True Story'. Reality is boring and takes a really long time to unfold which is why movies based entirely on real life suck 90% of the time.
Select your actors. Ensure that they are not already insanely famous but preferably have never acted in a movie before. Using famous actors anywhere in your movie is lame. Unless of course you kill them within 1 minute of first appearance. It really does not matter who you choose as long as they understand that it is your movie and not a way to enhance their career. Make sure you train them in whatever they need to do in the movie, before you start shooting the movie. Watching old movies is not training.
Select your format, trilogies are pretty hot right now so you may want to write 3 movies but do not make it obvious that that is your plan. Avoid using Massive having a million nodes on screen does not make you movie "epic". Use computer generated graphics only when necessary and in limited amounts. The movie can be a love story, tragedy or a sci-fi action thriller - people will like it no matter how weird it is. Plus you can fix any mistakes you made in the first film when the second part of the trilogy is released. Do not be a afraid to destroy the world or have a sad or stupid ending. Be brave, push the limits, make jokes about my mother and the president's daughters.
Select your music. Music is essential to a good movie. Choose good, old, unpopular music. Do not enlist some hot new band to create a soundtrack for you movie - musicians know nothing about movies. Instrumentals are acceptable.
Finally go out and make your movie, no matter how crappy/voilent/antiseptic your girlfriend might think it is - she will be there with you at the award shows.