If you’re looking for tactics on how to make your own film, you’re in luck. I have been helping filmmakers make, market and sell movies for close to a decade – And in all that time, I found there is a serious distinction between filmmakers to who take action and filmmakers who do not.
If you want some tactics on how to make your own film, aside from the technical stuff, the biggest lesson you have to learn should be obvious. Your film will not produce itself. Yet for whatever reason, many would-be filmmakers wait years to take action.
How To Make Your Own Film
Many filmmakers fail to take action because they are fixated on all the reasons they can’t make a movie. Mostly, this relates to resources. Ask around and most filmmakers will tell you they lack the money, time, cast, crew, locations, gear… Ugh. Most filmmakers wrongly believe they need lots of resources to make a movie.
“I can’t make my movie. I don’t have _______.”
But that is the wrong thinking. The real secret on how to make your own film stats with asking yourself the right question. Here it is:
“Given the resources that I have right now, what is the movie that I can make this year?”
Think about it. This question forces you to get creative. Answering this question forces you to stop making excuses. That may mean that you grab your camera phone and make a two minute short about your dog. Or it might mean that you make your first feature.
And while answering this filmmaking question will get you thinking, it may not be enough. There could be something else blocking you from taking action.
Recently, one of my coaching clients expressed how she was afraid to make a movie because she was afraid she sucked. As a result, she was afraid to take action. What if she made a movie and found out she lacked talent?
I told her what I’m going to tell you:
There are a lot of really bad filmmakers making a great living making movies. You’ve probably seen some horrible movies that do really well at the box office, right?
How is this possible? It’s possible because somewhere, someone will LOVE your work, no matter what. You just need to reach enough of the people who love your stories. And then you need to ignore the people who don’t.
The truth is, you’ll never hone your craft unless you take action and as I said earlier – Movies don’t make themselves. You make the movie. If you’d like more, grab my filmmaker checklist.