“There’s a name for it. There’s a phrase that fits. But whatever the reason, you do it for me.” – Wise words from Miss Tina Turner taken from her 1984 pop classic “What’s love got to do with it?”. These are words that can be taken and applied to anything you have a strong passion for, for us it is filmmaking. Filmmaking may be an art, a way of life or a career but above all else it is a steaming passion and an unbreakable love. You love it more than chocolate, more than popping bubble wrap and sometimes more than sex. Love may be a strong word but without it your films or short videos mean nothing.
I may seem like I’m being mellow dramatic, and maybe I am, but filmmaking needs that heart and soul for without it you cannot grab your audience in the same way. The people watching your films are not just passing time, if you’re using filmmaker specific video hubs, such as Vimeo or Mutinee then the audience are already passionate about making or watching films. Displaying your work to those in the know gives you a far greater chance of critique, other filmmakers will know if you were happy with the film you made by the way it comes across and the way it is structured. This isn’t a bad thing, you need other people in the industry to voice their opinions on your film so that you can make it better and learn from it.
Every filmmaker has a story, you don’t get into making films out of pure boredom. You need a natural flare and a knowledge alongside the love, but you cannot create a truly inspiring film with only the first two. The knowledge is for technical ability and the logistics of filmmaking, the natural flare being your creativity and vision but the love is to round off the edges and make the film all it can physically be. Not only do you have to be engrossed in your art but so do the people around you, from the actors to the camera operator. You all have to be able to share and appreciate that one vision, if anyone disagrees with the message you are sending to the viewers or is unhappy about their role in the film that can have a knock on effect when actually filming the piece itself.
I’m not saying you have to eat, live and breathe filmmaking, as we live in a fast moving world and have responsibilities. People to see, things to do etc. A lot of filmmakers are part time or do it as a hobby, but even then your passion shines through. You could make one short film in your whole filmmaking career and still win dozens of awards and festivals, quantity means almost nothing in this industry, it is quality that they are all after at the end of the day. By quality I don’t mean big budgets and A list celebrities, I mean a story that can grab a wide audience and make them feel several emotions at once or change their lives.
At the end of the day this is what filmmaking is about; seeing beauty and evil in everything, bringing people together, sharing knowledge and life experiences, making a difference to someone’s life, helping to understand the world a bit better and creating something to be extremely proud of. There is nothing better than making a film that the world can enjoy and learn from. It’s a huge rush, an addiction, a love.
“What I learned is, don’t forget who you are, because that’s what’s going to make you a filmmaker.” – Antoine Fuqua
Jade Waddy is an experience writer, with an NOCN level 3 in journalism, and marketer for a new and upcoming social networking site for budding and current filmmakers called Mutinee. She has a passion for all things media and works alongside company owner Christian Ogunbanjo to create a social hub for any and all kinds of filmmaker, from beginners to professionals. You can find Mutinee on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus or you can visit the website at Mutinee.com and sign yourself up, it’s completely free.