why do people film experimental films?

Experimental films typically use unconventional techniques and structures. Often they rely on independent funding and can take a little longer to film because of this. Yet they are becoming increasingly more popular with film producers and within the industry. So, why do people film experimental films?

Typically, people film experimental films because they have very little restrictions unlike other types of film. The freedom for personal and social expression can allow filmmakers to make a real name for themselves in the industry. 

Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of filming experimental films including who the main target audience is. 

what are the benefits of experimental film production?

Experimental filmmaking can be costly to say the least so you may be wondering if there are any benefits to producing this type of film. Take a look below to find out more.

personal expression:

Due to the lack of structure and narrative required for an experimental film, the space for personal expression is huge. Filmmakers can take it as an opportunity to express emotions they have experienced in a creative way. Anything from heartbreak, happiness or loss; experimental film production can offer an element of catharsis. 

no restrictions:

Another reason people produce experimental films is simply due to the lack of restrictions. This type of film making allows you to make decisions that would typically be considered atypical in the mainstream industry. Whether that be the portrayal of emotions, unique concepts, or style of editing. Creative freedom opens a world of opportunity in film making that many are keen to explore.

social expression:

Due to experimental films usually being funded solely by the filmmaker, there is little restriction from investors. Your energy can be focused on the statement you are trying to make or the politics you are trying to put forward. You do not need to be concerned with it being controversial because nobody can take away your funding and stop production. Once again, this is an element of freedom not experienced with other types of film.

creating a unique cinematic voice:

Unlike mainstream film production, experimental film production allows for filmmakers to make a mark in the industry. Defining new styles, mastering themes and ultimately becoming known for making an impact in the genre of filmmaking. This is more difficult to achieve in other types of film because there are more restrictions and expectations which make it hard to be unique. 

To learn more about what is considered an experimental film, followed by some examples and more detail on the benefits of experimental filmmaking, make sure to read our recent blog by clicking here

how do you write an experimental film?

Now that you are aware of the reasons why people produce experimental films, you may be interested in learning how to write one. Below we have detailed the key steps to writing the script for an experimental film. 

define your idea

The first step to writing your experimental film script is to make a clear plan for what your film is going to be about, the message you want to deliver and how you want to deliver it. You should consider aspects such as theme, message and tone.

choose your structure

Experimental films can utilise a variety of structures, so it is important to decide on the type you wish to use. Options include: 

    • Flash-backs
    • Circular narratives 
    • Fragmented scenes 
    • Parallel timelines

It is also important to ensure that the structure you choose aligns with your initial message so that you can deliver that successfully. It is also important to note that you don’t need to follow a structure at all if you don’t wish to 

establish your script rules:

Typically, experimental films do not follow rules. This means that you can set your own rules to ensure fluidity throughout your film production. These rules will help you to define how you use time, space narration and symbolism within your production. 

connect your features:

It is quite common for experimental films to be difficult to follow. As a result, it is important to make sure that your script connects to your story in a meaningful way so that at least some elements of the narrative can be understood. Ultimately you want your audience to take something away from your experimental film, even if it is just a feeling. 

create a balance:

Experimental films can be complex and challenging for the viewer, so it is a good idea to assess whether there is a clear balance between the complex and simple elements of your film. For example, whilst you may have a challenging message, does your use of characterisation make it easier to understand?


Now that you have considered all of these factors, it is good to remind yourself that experimental film production is about experimenting. Having clear foundations is ideal but this stage could be a good chance to review whether you can challenge your film features in any way to try something new. 

what is the target audience for experimental films?

The target audience for experimental films tends to be film students or cinephiles. The reason being, these audiences are often open to the experimentation and challenges that experimental film offers. They enjoy seeing unique use of art, cinematography, music and narrative, and are therefore open to seeing your creativity flourish. 

experimental film production at dot films

Dot Films are a team of enthusiasts who also love to push the boundaries with creativity, which is why we offer experimental film production as a service. If you have an experimental film idea, or are struggling to bring it to fruition, contact us today and we can help you bring it to life. 



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