Film Production

What have I learned so far from shooting my first short film?

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Not long ago I effectively began the production phase for my short film. I have much to go and much more to learn but there are a few things that have jumped to my attention almost instantly.

Here’s a few of them:

  • Have a plan, and be ready to ditch it.

Not on purpose, mind you but I did have a plan. For sound, for color, for when and how to shoot but I keep being reminded of Mike Tyson.


So just be ready to switch gears and roll with the punches. Whether they come in the shape of bad weather, people bailing on you, equipment failing, or anything else

  • Be willing to wait to get it right

I guess this should happen with everything, but more often than not, I find myself so worried about things that haven’t happened or preoccupied with someone else’s timeline that I simply stop enjoying what I’m doing and pressure takes over.

This hasn’t happened for me here.

This whole venture is an idea of mine. I took months to work in pre-prod and then gave myself a short amount of time to plan it out. When was I aiming for? How fast could I get there? After that, I just went for it.

At this point, I’ve been tracking my process every step of the way and I know I’ll get delayed by one week due to bad weather and other situations that have been beyond my control, but I’m perfectly ok with it.

It’s not that I want it to be delayed, but I want to do it right. Wouldn’t you?

  • Learning is awesome. Embrace it.

In all fairness, I’ve always loved to learn about anything and everything. This has been no exception but the amount of things I’ve needed to be exposed to just in order to begin and then to try and do the best I could without drowning in my own inexperience has been astounding.

And truly, I couldn’t ask for anything better.

You need to keep learning, at least, I believe so. In everything in life, more so when you want to do something of quality.

  • It’ll be scary, but that means it’s good.

There’s, as far as I’m concerned, two different fears.


You need to learn to tell those apart because it happens, sometimes, that you want to do something and this paralyzing fear overcomes you. It’s really nothing more than the fear of something new, of what the future might hold.

You need to power through, that fear becomes excitement.

  • Enjoy the ride

The time you need and take to do something will pass whether we enjoy it or not. So why not enjoy it?





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