5 Things Filmmakers Hate Hearing

  1. “Why do you want to make movies anyway?”

    Let’s just break this down. How much of your free time (or maybe even time you should’ve been spending being productive) have you spent binge-watching your favorite show? How many nights have you insisted on staying in because watching Grey’s Anatomy recorded just isn’t the same as watching it live? How many movies have you paid to go see throughout your lifetime? My point stands. I don’t just want to make movies, I want to be a part of the industry that consumes so much of our time and thoughts. I want to impact people‚Äôs lives through film. It’s one of the only industries out there that has such a substantial amount of power over us — I want to be a part of that.

  2. “You can throw together a video for me in a few minutes, right?”

    While we appreciate the confidence you have in us sometimes, this is completely unrealistic in most cases. If you want a good quality video, the chances are, it’s going to take longer than a few minutes to get high quality shots. I mean, setup alone takes more than a few minutes with the proper video equipment. Let me give you a visual. Do you know those recipes where you can make a muffin or a cupcake in a microwavable cup in just 3 minutes? It’s basically the same concept. The quality isn’t going to be nearly as good because the time you invest in a project is going to have a major impact on the final project’s effectiveness.

  3. “I don’t think your videos don’t need to be perfect as long as people get the concept of your story.”

    Wrong. Just as an author wouldn’t release a book with multiple grammatical errors, or an artist wouldn’t sell a painting without completing it, a good filmmaker won’t put out work that they don’t believe is done to the best of their ability. I would much rather spend 3 months on a single 4 minute video (bear with me here, I know that seems kind of extreme) and have it impact a multitude of people than put out several videos in that 3 month period that have no impact or purpose. Every movie, every TV show, every genre, every piece of video work holds a purpose. Once it loses that purpose, it becomes irrelevant.

  4. “It took you HOW long to edit your video?! It’s only 4 minutes long!”

    Refer back to #2. Quality takes time. I spent around 6 months editing my Making Strides: Fighting For Hope Documentary Short. Granted, I was working part time, going to school and volunteering several hours a week, however, editing projects still take a lot of time, especially when you genuinely care about the work you’re doing. There’s way more to a film than just cutting clips and throwing them together. In addition to putting shots together, you have to sync the sound, add background music, create title sequences, closing credits, etc.

  5. Why are you so stressed out about your video? It’s just a video!

    It’s not just a video to us. It’s our baby. My absolute favorite part of finishing a video is the editing aspect of a film. There’s something about sitting in the lab in the dark with headphones in for hours upon hours working on a project with an incredible amount of focus and dedication that brings me joy. There have been several times where I’ve left the lab at midnight or 1am after a long night of editing only to realize that I forgot to eat in the 5 or 6 hours I just spent in the lab. It’s almost guaranteed that we’ll be entirely too self-critical and get frustrated with every missed opportunity for a better shot, but that’s normal. We care about our projects because it’s a piece of who we are and how we express ourselves. And, in the end, there’s no greater feeling than exporting and sharing our finished project!

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