Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tips on How to be a Film Critic by Film Critics heard at @DIFFest

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.

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