I've made fan films before, and right now i'm perfecting the art of rotoscoping (Adding lightsaber effects). Films take alot of planning, some knowledge of the computer, some way to edit them (Movie maker is an easy one). Also you need a good story line to go on, or else your movie is doomed from the start.
The biggest problem i've had during filming is keeping everyone focused, make sure they know their lines, and laughing is kiss of death to a scene. (It infects everyone... and grows)
That sounds totally cool! Do you have some of your films up somewhere to view, or some clips?
This will sound lame, but back when ANH FIRST came out, in the cave man years, I LOVED tie fighters. I had a ton of these die cast metal tie fighters, and I'd enact battle scenes with them swooping out of the sky. To get it right, I'd string them up on fishing line, then use the other figures and toys ( which were completely out of scale) to finish the vignette. I had these 'starlit' pattern sheets, so I'd hang those up to look like 'outerspace' as a backdrop, and take pictures with my instamatic camera. My family thought I'd lost my mind, but at least I wasn't stealing hub caps and the like. Eventually I learned set dressing wasn't my specialty, that I was more a costumer at heart. And a writer.
I imagine real film making and fan filmaking is totally intense and very difficult. There are so many elements you need to manage, so many variables, and so much equipment. Then you bring in actors and you have to contend with DRAMA! How did you get involved in doing the fan films?