Failure Happens When You Stop Believing In Yourself

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In the past, if you wanted to become a filmmaker you had to slog your way through working as a crew member, moving equipment, an assistant or any other roles you could do, just so you could make that one contact that would open doors for you because they saw something in you that they wanted to invest in.  It takes a lot of hard work, smart work, staying positive despite rejection after rejection, never giving up, and a determination to succeed.

Today, you still need that same amount of perseverance and determination to succeed but with the availability of social media, your chances are slightly higher.  Many independent filmmakers take advantage of the variety of social media available like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.  You can post your movies and hope the audience likes the story you have filmed.  But you need the proper training to become a great filmmaker. Filmmakers [Film Making Classes] such as Steven Spielberg, Nagraj Manjule, Mani Ratnam or Karan Johar.  If you aspire to be as successful and talented as these filmmakers then you need to invest time in proper training and classes, learning every aspect of the trade.

In order to be a successful filmmaker the most important thing you need first is a story, which you must visually portray.  A vision of how you see the story unfolding on the screen.  Next, you need to think about every aspect of the filmmaking [Film Making Classes] process, including:

  • Costume Design – appearance of actors, costumes according to the period of the film, etc.
  • Lighting – using natural or other light sources to enhance the aesthetics of your shot.
  • Cinematography – your artistic vision/view of the film
  • Casting – hiring the right actors/actresses for the part within your budget
  • Location – If you need permits for outdoor shots and obtaining those permits and permissions. Shooting indoors in a studio? The right location to portray the right feeling and mood of the scene.
  • Set Design – building/home design, buildings, outdoor shot designs.
  • Sound – Background music, songs selection, foley artists, editing etc.
  • Attention To Microscopic Details – slight variations in the shoot, off by a cm, attention to detail of the set, items on the set. Continuity – hair in the same place, or for example a plate exactly in the same place when you shoot.

So, once you get trained and learn about all these aspects, then your real journey begins, of making the film.  The reason why you got into this business.  The need to tell a story that will captivate the audience and hopefully become great masterpieces that will be remembered as one of the best movies of all time.  Prepare yourself for a tough road ahead and never stop believing in yourself, because the moment you do, you have signed the death sentence to your dream.  Remember to take all the advice and criticism you receive and learn from them, not take them as personal attacks.  Lastly, network, network, network.  Get out there and try to meet as many people in the industry as possible.  Every person you meet, leave them with a great impression of you so that hopefully one of them will become the key to opening the door to your success.