Over the weekend I sat in on a @DIFFest workshop by Film Critics talking about what it takes to
be a Film Critic and a good writer.
Here are some of the tips they shared:
- If you see a film and you say 'I hate it!' or 'I love it!' you are criticising the film.
- The Film Critic is a Bridge between the Filmmakers and the audience.
- Read as much as you can
- Read other film critics
- Read your own reviews
- Do they make sense?
- Watch the movies that were made 30 years before you were born
- Watch it with the audience
- Get the spelling of the Cast and Crew correct, especially the Director.
- Pay attention to every detail
- Show your piece to someone for advice if it is good or not.
- Check if the Film is having it's World Premiere, find out before you state that.
- Check the dates are correct
- Have fact checkers if you can or do it yourself
- Read widely
- If you are starting out try writing a blog at first of film reviews
- Print out what you have written and read it sometimes you can pick up errors that way
- Try to think in sentences
- Look at something interesting in the film, look for a specific angle, talk about that
- If you feel it's a good film, ask why, substantiate it
- Look at your gut emotional response to a film
- What is the film's director trying to say? Why is he doing this and not that?
- Does the movie need to be made?
- Was the movie made with passion by the Director?
The panel was facilitated by Nashen Moodley (Aus / SA) and included among others
David Stratton (Aus) , Telesphore Mba Bizo (Cameroon) , Theresa Smith (Independent Newspapers SA) and Peter Machen (SA)
Article written by Fred Felton find him on Twitter - @fredfelton
Are you a Film Critic or Writer? What tips do you have? Leave a comment and let us know.