If you’ve been making (or wanting to make) movies for any length of time, you know that the idea of seeing your work on the screen is totally fun, exciting and (let’s be honest) challenging.
By now you have probably also realized that nothing in filmmaking (or life) happens until you take action. And you can’t take action until you actually know your filmmaking goals.
Over the past decade I have experienced headaches, heartache, challenges and really, really crappy days. But I have also experienced the awesomely surreal, super exciting moments that come when people watch my stuff and actually enjoy it.
How To Set Filmmaking Goals Fast
Having spent many hours lecturing to other filmmakers, I know that we are all driven to get our movies made, seen and sold. The problem is, sometimes life gets in the way. Bills need to be paid. And sometimes we put our filmmaking goals on hold…
I have always found life easier to deal with when I set exciting goals for myself. By writing down what you want, you can begin to get out of the crappy headspace and your negative self doubt and enter a world where all things are possible.
To get your filmmaking projects going, it is essential that you create a clear and exciting vision for yourself and your future. This is because you will need something exciting to focus on, should things get challenging. (And believe me, things will always get challenging.)
Making a movies is a long term game. One of the mental attributes that all successful people share in common is a never ending ability to keep their eye on the prize. The secret formula for achieving your filmmaking goals is having patience plus unyielding persistence in a face of adversity.
How To Sketch Your Filmmaking Goals
What does your ideal future look like?
In order to create meaningful success in both your filmmaking career and your life, it’s essential that you set some clear goals for yourself and write them down. The following actions will help you hone in your movie ideas, your money ideas and also help you paint a picture of your ideal future:
- Take out some paper and write down three ideas for movies you want to make in your lifetime.
- How much money would you like to have?
- How much money do you have now?
- What will you do to get the money you need?
- The people you hang out with will influence your success. Are you hanging out with people who share your vision? Or, are you hanging out with negative people?
Once you get an idea of where you are and where you want to go, you can begin to take steps towards achieving your filmmaking goals fast. And if you’re interested, make sure you download the filmmaker checklist.