There are so many types of movies out there, but we’re going to focus on just one today – the outdoor movie.
I’m talking specifically about manly outdoor hunting and adventure movies. They’ve all got that sort of clear quality to them that you only get with a film that’s shot mostly outside in the woods.
I’m thinking burly dudes, beards, tons of plaid, backpacking and sleeping under the stars, and maybe some guns.
There are some incredible classics out there, but also some that miss the mark and make you wonder who on earth would have funded the making of the film. The ones that are good tend to have a few things in common…so if you’re a producer reading this, you’re welcome!
1. Imminent Danger
There’s always a threat of danger when you’re in the woods, isn’t there? There are a few good movies featuring large bears that are intent on taking out the main characters, so bears are usually good. Add to that the fact that there are usually men with guns hunting each other, massive rock faces to fall off of, and various ankle-breaking crevices to fall into, and you’re always stressed out while watching the film because they could be hurt or die at literally any second.
2. Good Actors
OK so most movies need this to be great. But outdoor movies can be really cheesy really fast if they don’t have a serious dude who can pull the whole thing back to reality. Because there are fewer effects and ‘staged’ things out doors, it is more raw and you need actors that can keep up with the more honest surroundings.
3. Real Situations
It’s so hard to watch a movie where they get the outdoor stuff wrong when it’s based outdoors. Survival techniques that are ridiculous, basic things that normal outdoorsmen would do being overlooked, that kind of thing – I just hate watching those as even a modest lover of the outdoors. How unrealistic is it that someone can put up a tent easily in just 5 minutes? Get a grip folks, it’s impossible! (I kid, I kid, but seriously)…Get your facts straight, talk to the experts, and don’t try to force it. Make it natural, come on now!
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