Friday, August 21, 2009

What Makes a Good Filmmaker?

There are many different attributes of good filmmakers. Here are a few that I have found necessary and work on improving each day. 
  • Good taste in stories. 
  • Strong script development skills.
  • Has an eye for talent.
  • Finds his or her own voice and expresses it unabashedly.
  • Knows how to find projects.
  • Not afraid to make mistakes. 
  • Outgoing enough to forge and maintain relationships with others who can help get their films made. 
  • Ability to find and convince investors to take a risk on their project(s).
  • Can lead masses of people through the creation of a final end product.
  • Good organizer.
  • Multi-tasker.
  • Risk-taker.
  • Marketer.
  • Confident in their vision and work.
  • Sets high bar for quality in their work. 
  • Strives to do their best. 
  • Is an entrepreneur.
  • Likes challenges.
  • Great problem-solvers.
  • Endless amount of energy for making films.
  • Last, but not least, an obsessive love of movies!
I'm sure the list can go on forever. But if you have many of the above attributes then you are well on your way to being a good filmmaker. Just keep at it and you will get there. I'm right there with you working on all of the above, every day.


Unknown said...

Ah... but the whole world is filled with good filmmakers... craftsmen, technicians, diplomats, businessmen, negotiators, librarians, fanboys...

The real question is... What makes a great filmmaker?!

Jentri said...

So true, Jane! Awesome list.