14 Lessons From Making A Feature Film In Two Days by Hank Orion

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Hi! My name is Hank Orion. I’m the writer, producer and director of THE JOB and I’m here to share 14 things I’ve learned from making my second feature film, THE JOB with you guys and Film Courage.

It’s Not About How Much You Have. It’s About What You Know: I will start with the most important and number 1 which is ‘It’s not about how much you have to make a movie. It’s about what you know.’ I never went to film school. I was rejected 7 times from film schools and I had to look for alternatives and Youtube was an option for me because there is so much material out there and I believe as an artist, as a filmmaker, you can always make it work with whatever you have. Filmmakers should know all departments, be it producing, writing, sound, acting, editing, sound editing, etc. because it’s important. And be like Robert Rodriguez.

Attitude Is Your Biggest and Most Loyal Friend: Number 2 is something many filmmakers just ignore and they tend to forget that film is a business and it’s all about attitude. Don’t leave anything for tomorrow. If you start a film, start a film. Set yourself a deadline, work towards a deadline and make it happen. Don’t procrastinate because it’s a really bad habit in life and in any business, especially in film. Let’s just be honest, competition is really, really hard. There are so many filmmakers making movies now and making really good movies and some people are just born with this crazy talent in their mind. They just can write amazing dialogue, they can have amazing vision, they can see the entire movie before it is ever written on a piece of paper, it’s amazing. Train yourself, compete with those people because film is competition. Again, it’s a business and you have to not make a movie that you will like (only you will like and your friends and family). You have to make a movie that people will like because it’s a business and your film does not belong to you because your film belongs to the audience. And without the audience you are nobody and nobody will watch your film. So make something people will enjoy but know your audience. Because that’s a huge mistake I made many times. It’s a huge mistake many people (many filmmakers) make. I write about 3 to 5 scripts a month and I do it only because I balance my time. It doesn’t mean I procrastinate or I would just abandon the project, I would balance it and still have deadlines to follow…(Watch the full video on Youtube here).


Hank Orion

Hank Orion is a writer and director known for Despair (2017) and The Job (2017). Migrated to Italy from Ukraine with his mother at the age of 9. Hank was showing interest to the cinema at a very early age, following with the first screenplay written at the age of 12. Since then Hank focused on writing primarily, and by the age of 16 he had written several feature film screenplays and short stories. Later Hank studied painting at the Liceo Artistico Statale “Foiso Fois”, and later tourism at the Istituto Tecnico Commerciale Statale “Leonardo Da Vinci” in Cagliari, Italy. Hank was never good at school, and eventually, he left school and moved to London, England with a dream to become a filmmaker. That’s where he concentrated on the technical side of the craft and later was accepted to London Metropolitan University for Film and Television Production course. But two months later he left the university because he couldn’t afford tuition. Hank was working on independent films and projects as a runner, then camera assistant, then cinematographer. And eventually, in 2015 Hank attempted to make a first feature film, Outsiders (2015) which eventually became a short film due to the file loss and technical problems. Hank’s debut feature film Despair (2017), is a psychological thriller about a psychotic woman who invades lives of a married couple, was shot in Scotland with the crew of five over three weeks. Hank’s second feature film, The Job (2017) is a heist story about contractors that rob a bank and come to realize that one of them is playing a double game. It was filmed in just two days, with one camera, one lens and one light. Followed by The Boy With A Knife, a thriller about psycho traveling the world.


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