The Art of Filmmaking: Practice Makes Perfect

Achieving perfection doesn’t happen in a day. Ask the experts, and they will say exactly the same. These individuals have had to put in the work officially and unofficially to improve their skills until these talents become a Midas touch.

Everything, including filmmaking, takes days, weeks, months, and years of practice to achieve that flawlessness.

Yes, you will flutter along the way, but more practice eventually leads to perfection. So we have put together a road map. Call it principles that will guide how you practice for improved results.

6 Hacks to Get the Best Out of Your Practices towards Perfection

1. Find something specific to practice.

Filmmaking is a broad category. Typically, we have 5 phases:

  • Development
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Post-production
  •  Distribution

Know that each is further broken down into multiple functions.

For instance, conceptualization, characterization, scriptwriting, script editing, and so much more come under Development. Trying to practice script writing, characterization and toss in designing a movie set all at once will take you nowhere. Towards perfection, you have to choose one.

The specification will train your focus and fuel your determination. How?
You will become more purposeful because you are entirely aware of what you need to improve and the particular stage of perfection.

See?! Pick a niche, and focus on that.

2. SCHEDULE time to go practice.

Practice towards perfection comes with discipline. Scheduling provides a platform for that.

For instance, you allocate an hour or two to practicing designing a movie set. Pinning this on your calendar would ensure you actually practice and not give in to procrastination.

So, right now, scroll up or down to your calendar, pick a time and a day you will be free, and pencil down a practice session.
Keep to that time, and see how you grow.

3. Develop a thought-out plan for your practice time.

So, you’ve picked a niche and scheduled a time for your practice sessions. These are the “what” and “when.” What about the “how”? A thought-out plan for each session would further improve the outcomes.

OK, it’s not like you need to have everything figured out. However, you should know precisely what you need to do in every session. This wouldn’t only improve preparedness, but like figuring out the “what,” you will train your focus.

Here are some more reasons you need a thought-out plan:

  • It helps utilize both your time and resources;
  • You get to set performance standards;
  • You and your team become more coordinated and organized;
  • Motivation booster as it fuels your enthusiasm.

Design a plan for every practice and work your way to perfection!

4. Challenge yourself

Now, doing the same activity over and over again might turn boring, and you will lose your zeal. What to do?
Challenging yourself to the rescue!

What exactly does it mean to challenge yourself? This means two things: You practice differently or take on new responsibilities.

One big benefit of challenging yourself is that it speeds up your growth. Another by-product of spicing things up is that it serves as a confidence booster, and it will help you build an all-round skill.

It is like working on something extraordinary for a movie sequel that transcends beyond the scope of its prequel. Now, know this, the movie might not necessarily be a success, or you won’t be able to sell the idea while still in Development. But, here’s the thing: doing this has opened your mind and your team to a world of possibilities that you could further explore.

5. Reward yourself if you accomplish what you set out to do.

While you practice, make sure to reward every accomplishment, however little it may seem. When we reward ourselves, our brain tends to elicit feel-good hormones and other positive psychological responses.

The brain can connect these rewards with our achievement, thus spurring us to accomplish more. Conversely, failing to reward yourself might lead to burnout both physically (fatigue) and mentally (lack of motivation).

Here are some ideas to consider to reward yourself:

  • Take a hot bath
  • Go out with friends
  • Get that expensive wine you have been thinking about
  • Take yourself out

Take your pick, or make your own!

6. Stay positive if you don’t get it right the first time.

Every of your practice sessions won’t always come out successful. This could be discouraging. However, you must maintain a positive mindset. Stephen King, one of the most successful writers in the world, says he has a shelf filled with rejection letters. Imagine that.

Today, I doubt any of his works can ever be rejected. His positive mindset got him where he is today. Despite these rejections, he kept at it. Today he is an inspiration for you and many others out there.

With positive thinking, you can maintain that serenity your mind needs when you fail to live up to your expectations. Besides, studies show that maintaining a positive mindset can boost creativity – something you will need in filmmaking. Do you see? You get an all-in-one package!

Takeaway

Here is the thing: practice makes perfect is no doubt a cliché. But here is another thing: it is also 100% accurate. So, get started working on your skill today.

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