Very Independent Filmmaking – Trust your instincts…

by Peter D. Marshall

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros.

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.”
Billy Wilder  (1906-2002)

Well, I agree whole heartedly with Billy!

If there is one skill that can’t be taught it’s to trust yourself.  That’s something you have to learn on your own.

Mistakes, I’ve made a few….I’ve travelled each…don’t worry, this article doesn’t sing at you like one of those very amusing, and very quickly, very annoying greeting cards.

But you get the idea.  Everything I have ever really learnt about filmmaking, including writing, lighting, directing, editing and especially casting I have learnt through making mistakes.  And sometimes, though not as often and after paying close attention to  my own instincts, I have made the right decision and learnt that way.  Hopefully,and at some point soon, that will happen more often than not.

Everyone has an opinion and when you make films you want to surround yourself with good people who have great opinions.  But eventually, you are going to have to make decision about stuff all on your lonesome….petrifying I know.

Mostly because you don’t have anyone else to blame but yourself, of course.

But think of it this way.  When the choices you make are the right ones, you will have only yourself to thank!

Great for the ever present, although furiously denied, ego.

If you want to make films, big budget or no budget, you have to be able to make choices…..all the time.

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