Creating a feature film can be a lot of fun, but many times the real art form is lost in the battles of Hollywood as writers and directors battle over how to create the perfect film. For independent filmmakers these battles are much easier to win since often the director is the writer as well. Learning how to overcome some of the potential problems that you will encounter is important. Your film depends on the success of the project, so starting with the ultimate motive of success will be paramount to how successful your project really is.
You need to take some time to really plan out a good story line, script, characters and schedule. These will all play together as you start working on the actual movie. Unless you have signed up for a specific project where there is a limited deadline you need to be flexible and take as much time as you need for each area. A poorly thought out script will leave the audience unhappy and you as the filmmaker ultimately unhappy as well. Never release something that you are not completely proud of unless absolutely necessary and this starts by ensuring that the backbone of the film is strong before the cameras ever start rolling.
Be willing to embrace mistakes and problems as well. Rather than viewing this as a potential to foil your film, view this as an attempt to improve upon your own personal skills as a filmmaker. You may even discover that by learning from your experiences you want to change something about the film, or perhaps change just a small scene. Either way, accepting the mistakes and problems as they come along you will walk away with more experience and have a great opportunity to grow and improve in your situation. Being completely unsure about your overall position will leave you with huge problems about how to conquer your potential problems, and possibly ruin a great film.
You should also look at the conclusion of the film as a great reason to throw a small party. Be willing to share the film with everyone. This will allow those you work with to see that you value their work, but will also allow you to gather feedback from others. If you have a lot of friends just show the movie to friends. If you want a wider audience consider hosting a free movie night at a local theater or community center that will allow you to really spread your film around. This added exposure can be helpful in finding new actors, getting feedback and even gaining more confidence in your ability as a filmmaker.
Being willing to just let go is sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself, and your films. This is not always possible, but taking the steps towards the right direction is critical. Good filmmakers know that success always is accompanied by tragedy. Embracing this and making the most out of the situation is a great step towards ensuring that your next film will be a smash. After all, letting a single problem derail your entire film career is a horrible tragedy. Growing from the problems and sharing your love of filmmaking will make you a better and more creative person which will be a huge asset to any film projects your decide to tackle in the future.
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