Five Tips To Make A Great Christmas Movie

Five Tips To Make A Great Christmas Movie

We’ve put together five filmmaking tips that will help you make your next Christmas movie magical & meaningful.

The leaves have fallen and Autumn has already past. Who’s hoping for a white Christmas this year? Erm we are :)!!

That being said, we’re most excited about the Christmas MOVIES… No winter holiday season can pass without a Christmas movie by a crackling fire, and if you can throw in some freshly baked ginger cookies and a glass of hazelnut milk we definitely won’t say no. Classics such as Home Alone and A Christmas Story are timeless pieces of art that have been and will remain a favorite for the older generations as much as the ones to follow. Imagine watching the same movie that you used to adore as a child again with your own children? It almost feels like magic, right? Christmas magic.

On the other hand, if you are the filmmaker, perhaps you can feel the burden and pressure of creating a flawless Christmas movie that will leave your audience feeling warm and fuzzy inside with that special holiday cheer. It has to be meaningful, unique, and magical. It has to have an interesting storyline, but not only that... If you watch a huge number of Christmas movies, you will notice a certain pattern, a certain winning equation. We’re here to help you with that.

The Christmas Setting

No Christmas movie can count itself a Christmas movie without the perfect Christmas Setting (yes we used the word Christmas 3 times in one short sentence). What makes these movies so special is the tremendous amount of decorations. Let`s face it, we all dream of having an entire house decorated with Christmas lights, our porch and front yard decorated with glittering fairy lights, as well as our interiors steeped with a towering Christmas tree and all sorts of ornaments. Well, Christmas movies must contain all the above! The reason we’re so hung up on them is because they are the epitome of how we want our homes to look (unless you’re the Christmas Scrooge). Decorations, lights and sparkle create the Christmas atmosphere.

                                                                                                                            Deck the Halls (2006)

Put Your Heart and Soul into it

You need to touch your audience on a much deeper level. Creating a genuine holiday classic requires more than just the setting and a soundtrack full of Christmas hims. As we said, all of the superficial pieces of the puzzle are important but the movie MUST have heart. Think of your own past experiences, how have you been touched? Can you create a feel-good film about this? If it is truly meaningful to you, it is more likely to touch your audience. Remember, your audience watches Christmas movies to feel good.

                                                                                                                            The Holiday (2006)

Add A Dose of Jeopardy

In each and every movie you need culmination so Christmas movies are no exception. Something has to be in jeopardy. There has to be a moment of uncertainty when Christmas (or the protagonist’s goal) is “threatened”.

                                                                                                                           How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Uniting of Characters

In order to add some depth and meaning to your Christmas movie, you need to add a dose of emotion, and there is no better way to do this than the uniting of loved ones and friends. The holiday season is the time when people come together to celebrate and cherish the moments of unconditional love. People are feeling the most vulnerable during the Holiday times. They tend to love fiercely, do brave gestures, forgive in an instant, and re-bond with the people that meant the world to them. Use the relationships between loved ones or friends and you can’t go wrong!

                                                                                                                           Love Actually (2003)

Aim to be Family Friendly

As we mentioned, Christmas movies are best watched in a warm atmosphere, beside the Christmas tree, with the presence of children 🎄🎁🎅🏼🤶🏼 If you want your movie to be memorable and timeless, it should be family-friendly and appropriate for all audiences.

                                                                                                                          The Santa Clause (1994)

There you have it, our five tips for the perfect Christmas movie.

And don’t forget; CastandHire is brimming with amazing actors and filmmakers who can bring your Christmas movie dreams to life, and if you are crowdfunding for your production send us the link so we can help you get it out there!

Now, all we want to do is sit down with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a cosy fire and watch The Holiday, who’s with us? :)

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