Last weekend, Mobiliari Film Festival was held at Binus University Auditorium, Anggrek Campus, in Jakarta, consisting of a talk show and an open audition. Key figures from the film industry like Edwin Nazir, Ray Arif Nayoan, and Jujur Prananto shared tips and insights about how to create quality films.
The Mobiliari Film Festival talk show was also a part of the Hitsss Festival 2018, and this year’s talk show theme was “Making Short Films: The Complete Guide From Script To Screen”. Presenters shared their knowledge about the basics of short filmmaking as a debriefing for the film audition. Those who won the competition received a total prize of Rp100 million and the chance to go to Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC) for film production.
TWNC is a conservation area operated and managed by Artha Graha Peduli (the AGP Foundation) since 1996. TWNC includes 481 square kilometres of forests that are a part of 3,650 square kilometres of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and approximately 14,089 marine reserves. Located on the southern tip of Sumatra, this remote area is the perfect sanctuary for wildlife protection.
Havid Han, representative of the Mobiliari Institute, explained about the Mobiliari Film Festival that, which focused on The Balanced Life theme. “The Balanced Life theme means that life’s balance can be created with various perspectives—the idea of a story that can be included in various genres. It could be about the balance between career and family or about the balance our life with nature,” said Havid.
Meanwhile, others keynote speakers in the talk show were Jujur Prananto (Ada Apa Dengan Cinta and Petualangan Sherina), Ray Arif Nayoan (director of Jelita Sejuba), and Edwin Nazir (Producer of 9 Summers 10 Autumns). The three speakers gave advice to those who were participating on the open audition—from formulating the idea, the elements needed to make a good movie, to sharing inspirations for a movie story that could be made at TWNC.
“Screenwriters must also be fluent in Bahasa Indonesia to describe something out of their imagination into language,” said Edwin Nazir. He also added that creating any film and creating a good film is different. “A good film is determined by its plot. However strong the film production is, if it lacks solid plot then it will not perform well,” said Edwin.
Research is also one of the most important factors in filmmaking as it can add logic and sensibility to a film. However, according to Jujur Prananto, writing research is relative. “There are stories that require extensive research, and there are those that don’t. It all depends on the need.” He added that research is not only a matter of story, but also a matter of preparation.
Jujur Prananto added that a good film should also able to evoke the audience’s emotions. This is in line with what Ray Arif said: that a good movie is one that can convey a message to the audience. The message should be clear and specific from the beginning. Ray also advised not to feel limited by location. A beautiful natural location can be incorporated into various story ideas. “When you think that the idea is limited simply by seeing the location, it’s just because you have not dug deeper into the idea in your head yet,” he said.