SLOW FILMMAKING MANIFESTO
The main goal is to LIVE the film.
Filmmakers and Actors must commit to LIVING the film.
Shooting must never be rushed.
The sentence “Are we making our days?” must never be mentioned on or near set.
Budgets and schedules should rarely, if ever, be considered.
Locations must be easily attainable for multiple returns to shoot.
Only essential crew must be used for what the instant calls for. No waste!
Regard the instant more important than the whole.
A goal is to take the time and every precaution possible to get every instant correct.
The filmmaker must do all his own sound design and post production.
The film shall be the filmmakers’ secret. The film shall not be promoted or released until the filmmaker is ready.
DOGME 95 MANIFESTO
Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found).
The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. (Music must not be used unless it occurs where the scene is being shot.)
The camera must be hand-held. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted.
The film must be in color. Special lighting is not acceptable. (If there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera.)
Optical work and filters are forbidden.
The film must not contain superficial action. (Murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)
Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden. (That is to say that the film takes place here and now.)
Genre movies are not acceptable.
The film format must be Academy 35 mm.
The director must not be credited.
Furthermore I swear as a director to refrain from personal taste! I am no longer an artist. I swear to refrain from creating a “work”, as I regard the instant as more important than the whole. My supreme goal is to force the truth out of my characters and settings. I swear to do so by all the means available and at the cost of any good taste and any aesthetic considerations.
Thus I make my VOW OF CHASTITY.
Copenhagen, Monday 13 March 1995
On behalf of DOGMA 95
Lars von Trier Thomas Vinterberg