Determination and Deadlines Make Films Happen

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Determination and Deadlines Make Films Happen.

Why do you need a strong focused mindset? It is essential primary ingredient you will need, to get your film made. 
Without a strong directed and focused Mindset, it is very challenging to produce and make a film.

If you can recall a time when you really needed to succeed at a project, it generally has the following elements.

  • Determination 
  • Focus
  • Presence of Mind
  • Deadlines 

To make a film you will also need the following: 

1 Determination: You need to decide that you are going to achieve the goal of Making a film. This film could be 10 minutes or 14 minutes or a Micro Budget Feature Film 80 minutes or a funded feature film 90 minutes. What ever it is you need determination to Make The Film and know what you want to achieve.

Also set an Eyeball Goal and it could be the following. For Example:  A Short Film 1 Million or more people see the film. Feature Film 10 million or more people see it. You can set the eyeball goal. The eyeball goal is an essential part of Determination.

2 Focus:  You need to focus on each step of making a film.

  • The Plan and how much money you need.
  • Screenplay –
  • Casting & Preproduction. 
  • The Shoot and Postproduction.

When you are there in that phase of filmmaking. focus 100%  and make it happen.

3 Presence of Mind:  This is closely aligned with Focus. You need to live in the now to be truly successful in filmmaking and in life generally. A great sports person is fully present in what they are doing, when they play  a competitive match. Likewise you have to be present. 

Place your focus in the now of doing that activity and do your level best to enjoy it. When this happens success follows. When you are totally stressing out about an outcome, the results can be less than ideal. It is far more important to focus on the journey, be fully present in what you are doing now. If you do this, success will follow and you will increase dramatically the quality of what you are doing.

4 Deadlines:  They are important as they cause action. Work out the phase you are in now of filmmaking. Say you want to write a screenplay. Three months is a very reasonable time to get a readable workable draft for an 80 – 90 minute screenplay. This gives you time to plan it and write it and rewrite it.   

A 10 minute short film 21 Days or 3 Weeks to write a readable workable draft. We give this time frame because we know successful filmmakers do this. For a beginner, as they have to study the process, you might allow a month for a 10 minute screenplay and 4 Months for a feature screenplay.

However, Deadlines are important and it is essential that they are reasonable but not too long. We know how long it takes and  what  you have to do, We train on our Filmmakers Courses and also supply Mentorship that helps beginners or emerging filmmakers get their film made. Check out our courses on this link. 

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Colm O'Murchu - Host

Colm O’Murchu is a passionate Indie Filmmaker and owner of the production company, International Film Base. He has directed and produced three successfully released feature films worldwide and one documentary.  

His most recent film Tabernacle 101 has been released in 2019 in the US and will be released in Australia in late 2020 premiering at the Sci Fi Film Festival. He is currently in development on his next feature film Absolute Freedom, an action adventure film set in the outback.

He has spoken at Indie Film Seminars all over the world and created online and offline film courses 

 He lives in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia and loves the outdoors and the mountains.

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