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Being a filmmaker is a tough passion to be in. While there are a number of people who will definitely appreciate your art, there are others who simply don’t understand. Sadly, in this day and age of people spewing one film to another through various venues outside of the theater, people have become more selective in their preferences for independent film.
It may be kind of disheartening, but a filmmaker should never, EVER, be discouraged by such obstacles. In fact, they should even provide more motivation for anybody out there with a camera and an idea to go ahead, and turn that concept into visuals.
Here are some reasons why you should push through with your film, no matter what your goals are for such a project.
You Have a Story to Tell
Filmmaking is all about story-telling. No matter if you’re shooting an ad for television, or a short film for entry into a festival, it’s all about telling a story. Every filmmaker and screenwriter has stories to tell, and so do you. You have to believe in that story, first and foremost. People who believe in your project will follow when the project comes to fruition, but it should all begin with you.
Besides, this exciting new world, thanks to the improved availability of production and venues for distribution, paves the way for a lot of stories to be told in whatever medium is on hand. Film is arguably the best way to tell a story because, as they say, an image is worth a thousand words. The world needs stories, so don’t hesitate to add yours!
There Will Always Be an Audience
As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of venues for distribution. While, as an independent filmmaker, it could be difficult to break into the mainstream especially on your first attempt, there are venues that you could use in order to show to the world your work of art.
These include online channels like Youtube, Viddsee and many others. Most of these are free, which means you don’t have to pay an amount in order to upload your film and have it hosted by the website. You can simply sign up for an account, upload your film there, and start your social media marketing campaign.
Other websites even promote your film for free, to a certain extent.
On the other hand, you could always use international film festivals to your advantage. While they could be expensive (registration fees vary from festival to festival, but could range to hundreds of dollars), the benefits to these festivals include exposure to a considerable number of people, including professionals who are looking for filmmakers to work with.
It’s a Fun Process
Last but not the least, there’s a lot of fun involved in producing a film, no matter what the length is. Each project is different, so you get to evolve as a director especially with your working processes and how you handle people. In other words, you get to grow as a filmmaker.
The next time people tell you that there’s no point to making a film, tell them these three reasons instead.