As filmmakers, we are typically short on what we believe is the only key element of seeing our stories grow into films, money. However, I want to challenge that thought. No film was ever made with just money. And while it is a necessary element, no matter how much money is thrown at a film, unless the filmmakers have passion to see it through, it will never happen successfully.
If you believe you will fail, you are gauranteed to do so. If you think that way find, in yourself, the off switch for that line of thinking!
As artists, we are prone to doubt. Even Steven Spielberg once said, “I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends’ lives.”
Why is that so?
- Through our art, we are articulating, defining, visualizing something that hasn’t been done before. And it’s scary to put ourselves out there like that.
- Most artists have a personal vision, not a corporate vision. That, in and of itself, means we fly solo.
- While we are passionate about our art, we just want others to get it without us having to explain it. That has a tendency to isolate us.
So, where do we go with this solo-flying vision?
Here are some suggestions:
- PUT YOUR VISION INTO WRITING-2 SENTENCES AT MOST: Now, say it out loud to yourself in a mirror until it is concise and sounds convincing. That will become your elevator speech. When you run into someone with money or someone who is in a position to help you out, you’ll be glad that you have that in your hip pocket.
- YOUR DREAM/VISION HAS TO BE ON PAPER: I say this because everyone has a friend who is going to write a book. In Nashville, where I live, everyone has a song they are going to write! The only thing that separates them from someone who has done it, is that the someone who has, has done it. If you’re passion is filmmaking, and you gave a gift for writing dialogue, get black-to-black down on paper. Now you have a thought-out story line that will make more sense to others when you share it. It also says that you’re serious about your vision. If you can’t write, find and secure a great short story that will make good premise for a movie and start there.
- SURROUND YOURSELF: Don’t surround yourself with “yes” friends, surround yourself with positive thinkers who will give you positive, but honest feed back. (Operative words here are, “surround yourself”) As artists, we all need a reality check once in a while to bounce your ideas off of.
- BUILD A SUPPORT GROUP OF TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC VISIONARIES: Start today to put together people who are on-board with your idea. Even aspiring filmmakers can’t make great filmS on their own. They will at least need some technical help. Inspire the help that you draw in to be as passionate about your project as you are.
I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. What is holding you back from accomplishing your creative dream?