Whenever I give talks on filmmaking, one of the questions I get from the audience is how to become a successful filmmaker. The answer to this question is simply another question. While each filmmaker defines success differently, one thing is certain – in order to become a success you must make movies. And in order to make movies, you must take action. So here is the question:
“Given the resources that you have right now, what is the movie that you can make this year?”
This isn’t a riddle or meant to be goofy. And I promise if you take time to answer this question, you will be forced to think beyond your limiting beliefs. Many would-be filmmakers waste valuable time trying to make everything perfect, when the true secret to becoming a successful filmmaker involves simply assessing your resources and making the movie you can make now.
For some of you the answer to this question will only allow you to make a two-minute YouTube video. For others, you will quickly realize that between you and your film making friends – you already have what you need to make your movie now.
As we move closer to the new year, it is essential that you take a few minutes to really plan out what you hope to accomplish. So let me ask this again: “Given the resources that you have right now, what is the movie that I can make this year?” This is your year. Don’t wait. Take action and make your movie now!