Work smarter, not harder (but also sometimes work harder)
As an indie filmmaker, you’ll know the heartache and trouble the world of filmmaking provides on a daily basis. Spending days filming and coming up with nothing, we’ve all been there. You could be limited by budget, maybe you live somewhere you can’t film, maybe you are constantly struggling with your expectations Vs the reality? So what do you do? You need to manage your expectations.
Let’s be honest, if you’re a one person crew then you’re not going to be able to make the next Jurassic Park. You might want to, but is it actually going to happen? Probably not. So, rather than trying to create something that is way out of your means, you should concentrate on nailing what is within your control. Your script, for example, you can get this nailed on your own. The shot list and storyboard can be done by you too, even if you aren’t exactly an artist it doesn’t matter, just get it done and move onto the next step. Then, like a fine wine, you’ll get better and better.
Keep it simple and keep it achievable
It’s going to be repetitive, but that’s filmmaking, right? You might have to retake the shot twenty times, but that’s okay, because you’ve done your prep. You’ll know that you probably aren’t going to be able to use a dolly, or some fancy follow focus. You’ll probably end up with a lot of static shots but they don’t have to be boring static shots, the more you plan in advance, the better the end result will be.
Keep it simple and don’t get too ambitious too soon. Start small, make it achievable and before you know it you’ll have a crew knocking on your door to work with you. If you can produce a film completely alone, imagine how good you’ll be when you have a crew!