How to Make Horror Films

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In order to make horror films, a filmmaker needs a script, and they need to use horror conventions, such as blood and gore. Use corn syrup and food coloring to make fake blood with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, I'm Jared Drake, and I'm going to talk to you about how to make horror films. The first thing you need in making a horror film is a script, so write a script or acquire a script, or have someone write a script for you. If you're writing in yourself, or you're developing the story yourself, try and follow the conventions of horror films. Horror films, more than any other genre tend to follow a specific set of rules. You can always tell those conventions to take a hike and do your own thing, but you should at least know what you're doing before you decide to buck the system. Once you have your script, you need a crew. Go out and get a crew, look on different websites or crew calls, you know, different Indie organizations have crew categories, you can look for crew. But really all you need is a camera, somebody that knows how to operate the camera, and actors. So go out and get those two things, and you can make your movie. Now, there's a number of ways, if you, if you have like horror special effects that you want to use, there's a number of places you can go to find out how to do that cheaply. You know, blood is generally just corn syrup and food coloring. You know, make sure that the blood's dark enough, a lot of times in horror films, the blood's really bright and it looks goofy, but if you go online, if you need to know how to make somebody's head explode, you know, you can go online and just type in head explode low budget horror, and there's going to be a hundred tutorials that pop up. So really use the internet as a resource for your special effects in, in making a horror film.


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