5 elements that makes a great film

Films are a big part of our lives. Movies have always entertained us, whether in cinemas or at home. When the movies are good, you love to see them over and over again. You even think about the characters even after the movie is over. A lot of talent and creativity goes on to making a great movie. Here are the elements of a great movie.

Good characters

Characters are the most important part of storytelling. They are the life of a film. When you watch a film, you need to like some of the characters in the film. You should feel like you can relate to those characters. The central character of the film is very important. If people don’t like the central character, then the movie won’t do well.

Simple plot

A simple plot is enough to win people’s heart. People don’t like an elaborated plot. A plot can make or break your cinema. You shouldn’t over crowd the film with too many characters.


Your message should be clear. It is what you want the audience to take away from your movie. You should weave the theme into the story. No audience should leave the room with a bad impression about your film.

Attention to details

Details of the movie are very important. It starts from the point the script is being written. The casting, shots, etc. must be considered in detail. The audience will appreciate these details.

Good ending

The ending of a story is crucial to the success of a movie. Films often get ruined for their bad ending. The ending must be put nicely; it must wrap up the story well. Don’t drag the ending too long. It will lose the tune of the movie.

These are the critical elements needed for making a good film. Film making is an art. You need the right knowledge and experience to make a good film. Practice these elements in making your film and one day you will make some great movies!

info….and always remember this quote.

“You’re not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi.” –
Humphrey Bogart


  1. Vinay Urs said:

    This document gives the clear picture of initial stage of making a movie and is very good as a foundation class and makes us very confident to start making a new movie on idea of our own stories. Thank you

    December 24, 2018
  2. Rita Foglia Rewald said:

    In my opinion, depending on the type of movie you are doing like comedy, thriller, romance… You have to use diferent techniques to turn the film more interesting. Comedy for example, to be a good movie all the characters must have defects, so then we feel superior to the character, that will make the film more funny.

    September 16, 2020
  3. Rita said:

    I think that for each type of movie like comedy, romance, thriller… You must have different techniques to turn the film better and more interesting. For exemple comedy, for comedy films you must have character worse than the viewer, because than we will feel superior to the character and we will laugh more.

    September 19, 2020
  4. Stephen Anastasi said:

    Very useful. I have written several scripts and several books. I am writing a treasure hunt based on a real world treasure. The known parts – the initial theft – are known and simply required a deft hand. I am that hand. The unknown parts – the discovery of the treasure by some kids – as a lot more challenging… should I make the girl insular (no) or misunderstood (no) or challenged by external circumstance (death of her parents – yes). How challenged should this aspect be fleshed out – enough but not so much as to drown the movie. How accommodating should her grandfather be? What is the role of the kids across the road? Etc.

    April 12, 2021
  5. Jim said:

    Good advice for future movie makers. Keeping it short and simple (KISS) is a good rule on any lesson, writing, and practice when it comes to story telling.

    August 15, 2021

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