As filmmakers, we all make mistakes. Some are big, some are small. But there are 5 huge filmmaking mistakes that I’ve come across throughout the years. I’ve made many of these mistakes myself. And I’ve also seen these mistakes with other artists trying to make a living as filmmakers.
1. The Happy Artist
This is probably one of the biggest factors why some people are not making it as filmmakers. The happy artist believes that someone else will come and make their life easier. They believe that a producer or an agent will make them a star, or give them money, or boost their career.
2. Find a Strong Story
The second mistake is story. In order to make a great film, you need to have a great story. Without a great story, you don’t have anything. It is your job to find a strong story that holds the attention of your audience. It it important to not rush the writing when planning for a film. That’s why you need to plan and research…
3. Spend Time on Research
So many people rush the development phase. In order to make a great film, you need to develop a story that is original. If you don’t do the research properly, there’s a chance that your film will not be appealing to the audience. You need to take time to do deep research on story, character, subject and marketplace demand before deciding anything.
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4. Bad Film craft Sucks
No one likes to watch films that has bad film craft. This all comes down to self-awareness. You have two options, either you’re patient and learn the film craft good enough to feel that you’re satisfied with the look of it, or you bring in someone who already has the skill. Bad film craft will result in a bad film, so invest time to learn it if you don’t feel like you have the skill today.
5. Don’t be Stuck in the System.
This is also one of the most important factors why many filmmakers can’t make a living. If you want to be successful, you have to be different and unique. Don’t do the same things as everyone else does. It is a very competitive industry. Therefore, you have to innovate and find new ways to improve yourself, your craft and your productions. You can try new things in development, production, marketing or distribution. But think differently and avoid these filmmaking mistakes!
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André Wallström is producer and creative. He runs the production company Rough Studios with this brother, where they produce doc series and features. Check out their YouTube channel called Creative North.