Five Filmmaking Mistakes You Should Avoid

There are so many things that can go wrong on set, that it’s literally impossible to foresee even a small fraction of them. But at the end of the day, just as any other art form, filmmaking isn’t perfect and it was never meant to be. In fact, approaching your next project with the attitude that this time it will be perfect, is already an act of making a mistake by itself. Many experienced filmmakers claim that most of the time the unforeseen obstacles and things happened by accident on set are the factors that made their films more truthful, believable and successful in the end.

I really like this mindset and I’m always trying to approach my projects in a similar way. It’s definitely easier and more bearable not to think about the mistakes you can make down the road. It’s a lot more valuable to focus on the creative and positive side of the process. As Simon Cade from DSLRGuide points out whether you’re a beginner or a professional we all make mistakes. Here are some other common oversights that you might or might not already stumble upon.

By the way, I’m really impressed by the reasonable and well-balanced arguments Simon provides each time in his insightful filmmaking tutorials. The points he makes in this video are not an exception. In the first place, spending countless hours in front of a computer won’t make you a better filmmaker. And neither will carrying too much about what’s popular and letting others decide for you.

Listening to your inner voice and trusting your instincts as a filmmaker and creative person instead while looking for great stories out in the world is always the better and more long-headed perspective in front of you, as it’s the only way that guarantees you won’t get lost too quick in the already oversaturated and overexposed mainstream reality boasted by the contemporary mass media subculture.

Furthermore, you really need to practice your narrative skills and communicate with your audience through stories and characters. This is especially a valid point for young filmmakers who are just starting out their filmmaking journey. If you are one of these simply enjoy these moments as they probably would be the most exciting and inspirational period of your career.

At last but not least, worrying too much about failure along with procrastination can literally ruin your career before it has even started. So, if there is a major takeaway from this article and the above video, it’s that you must act against all odds simply by pouring your soul into your projects, following your dreams and telling the stories you are most passionate about. It’s the only chance you have to keep your head under water and prevail over failing and procrastination.

For more pure wisdom and enlightening insights head over to DSLRguide.

[source: DSLRguide]

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