October 11, 2014 at 12:04PM

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Ever feel like you're getting a little too ahead of yourself?

Sometimes when I'm writing a film or shot list, I sit down and review it after word and think, "Can I actually do this?" Often at times, I feel like I'm a lot better than I actually am, and it can really make me worried of failure.

I know that failure is important to learn and grow, but does anyone else feel discouraged that they won't be able to properly execute their vision?

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Yes. The way professionals succeed is to have experience and talent in every department on the set, and later in post production. Money is the greatest equalizer, but even with money, films fail. Practice the parts of the script you worry about to be sure you can pull them off. If they call for expensive rental equipment, try re-imagining the scene shot a different way. And have friends or a team who share your desire and will help you reach your vision. It's very hard to do it all by yourself. Unless you have a lot of money and free time.

October 12, 2014 at 8:16AM

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Zan Shin
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Thanks, friend.

October 12, 2014 at 10:56PM

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Matt Bastos
Filmmaker/Writer
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as a pro you need to evaluate what i can do. there's a fine line between ego and self knowledge. you need to find a balance. if you are asking yourself these questions. then maybe you are getting ahead of yourself. if you are making a film. you should make something you can be confident about.

October 13, 2014 at 10:26PM, Edited October 13, 10:26PM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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Thanks man

October 14, 2014 at 12:24PM

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Matt Bastos
Filmmaker/Writer
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I believe it happens to everyone, most of the times, writing my script, I do think; "Will I be actually able to pull this off?", most of the times, while filming it, I doubt about it, but... Once I get home, sit down and let the post production begin, I actually surprise myself once I add music, color correction and just make it my way.

I won't lie and tell you i've always succeed. I've failed aswell, but I've always learned more from my failures than from my success, that's a fact.

Cheers bud.

October 14, 2014 at 12:00PM, Edited October 14, 12:00PM

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Tommy Plesky
Director / D.P / Editor
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Cheers, Tommy!

October 14, 2014 at 12:25PM

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Matt Bastos
Filmmaker/Writer
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Matt, it seems I have a constant refrain of ...
'What the hell am I getting myself into?'

I don't have training as a filmmaker; I'm going at this almost entirely as an autodidact. The trouble with self teaching is that you don't really know how good you are until it's time to interact with the folks who aren't self-taught. It's at once intimidating and exhilarating.

So, I can definitely sympathize with the idea of 'getting ahead' of yourself.

October 14, 2014 at 2:30PM

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Xavier Miles
Director | Writer
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Exactly my thought, Xavier. At least we're all on the same road!

October 15, 2014 at 8:18PM

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Matt Bastos
Filmmaker/Writer
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I just got the OK for a $50k commercial TV spot and have no idea what I'm doing on that level so I can relate for sure! My approach is consulting with professionals and hiring good people so I can execute it in the best possible way.

I realize this is different from creating your own feature or short, but I still think consulting with professionals and people you admire is key!

October 15, 2014 at 5:20AM, Edited October 15, 5:20AM

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Angelina Sereno
DP/Director
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Woah, congrats, Angelina! I'm sure you'll do great. Keep me posted when it's done, I'd love to see how it came out. :)

Whether its a narrative or commercial, we're all filmmakers, so any words of advice or inspiration is welcomed. :)

October 15, 2014 at 8:22PM

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Matt Bastos
Filmmaker/Writer
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I totally relate to what you are saying.

With never have gone to film school I've always thought I couldn't do what I am doing, but now once I got a foot inside... I realise nobody ever know what they are doing. But the sum of everybodys efforts and experiences make it work.

But still... I doubt myself everyday.

October 15, 2014 at 8:30AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
Director/Cinematographer
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Beautifully stated, Viktor. We're all on the same road here!

October 15, 2014 at 8:20PM

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Matt Bastos
Filmmaker/Writer
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I'm right there with you Matt. As an aspiring filmmaker there are times where I over think and doubt myself. What I have been telling myself is that if i don't take a plunge into the unknown you'll never know if you can swim or not... now with that being said I am not saying go undertake some giant project. I have a fellow up and coming filmmaker who jumps head first and has that "I'll learn as I go" personally that's not how I do things, but when asked to help on her projects it turns out I CAN do this... that it IS possible.

I work on short shorts here and there that are usually 10 minutes or less. I just shot my first short documentary recently (I have never done that before) and it came out better then I expected. I also am currently writing a short script that's at 20 pages now and still not done... am I nervous about filming it? Hell yes... But when the time comes I'll take the plunge and kick like hell to learn how to swim. Good Luck!

October 16, 2014 at 10:26AM

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Franklin Carpio
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The only way you can really fail at anything is if you give up and stop trying to improve. Never stop working, shoot something and edit it and then re-watch it and ask yourself what you could of improved, then re-edit it and see if you can learn something new from it. Watch movies on Vimeo and figure out what you liked from videos and more importantly what you didn't, discovering from others and then using those discoveries to improve. A guy that does some brilliant work out there named Preston Kanak believes strongly in the 10,000 hr rule, (as do i) and he for a year did a 3 min Short film EVERY DAY just because he knew with deliberate practice and learning that he would Improve.

http://prestonkanak.com/about/3-minute-shorts/

as far as feeling like your better then the work your doing, that reminds me very much of Ira Glass's the Gap Speech,

http://vimeo.com/85040589

I hope your feeling a whole heck of a lot less discouraged, best of luck in all your projects just don't ever give up and you'll be a great filmmaker!

October 16, 2014 at 2:00PM

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Kent Harkey
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Exactly, everything you just said. 10,000 hours. Just put in work, never stop, never give up, and you'll close the gap.

October 16, 2014 at 3:56PM

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Franklin Carpio
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