February 9, 2016 at 4:15PM


Your greatest fear in filmmaking

Hello everyone,
do you have a fear in or about filmmaking? And how do you deal with it? Do you tell it the people you work with?

Well, mine is that I completely fail as DP and ruin every shot in the film while the actors give 110% of their great performance and play but the entire film will suck because my camera work is terrible.

I'm asking because I have always this kind of a scared feeling before a shot like an actor has stagefight before his/her scene. Most of the time this doesn't influce my work but I would feel a milion times better if I wouldn't have this feeling.


The only good answer I can give you: https://vimeo.com/85040589

February 10, 2016 at 8:57PM

Kenneth Merrill

My worst fears are about the stories I write. Even though I don't have tons of experience in directing and editing - and I know I need to improve a lot - these two processes worry me way less than storywriting. I'm always doubtful, I continuosly ask myself if people will like my story, and I do this even after I receive positive feedback. Even when I feel I'm doing it right, in my subconscious I think it's not good enough and it could be better. I feel I'm not able to express myself like I would like.

Maybe I carry this fear since my very debut in the world of "cinematography". My first short movie was made almost by accident: the idea started out just to kill some time in one lazy evening with two friends, and then escalated in a 10 minutes short that took about 80 hours of shooting, countless hours of editing and coloring. But the screenplay was made in less than two hours! So, obviously, it wasn't good, and had a lot of weak points. When the short was completed, after all that work, I realized that without a very strong basis (the story) all the rest can't stand on its own, and even if the experience was hugely useful for improving my directing and editing skills, it almost felt like wasted time... all this work for such a weak story!

February 11, 2016 at 5:27AM

David R. Falzarano
Director / Writer / Editor

My biggest fear is that I will procrastinate too long and not produce a body of work that will take me creatively where I want to go. It seems that the older I get, the harder it becomes to carve out the time and energy to not only build a network of dedicated people, but to also produce content on a regular basis. The fear of regret is real.

February 12, 2016 at 11:48AM

Derek Armitage
Filmmaker & Vlogger

My greatest fear is that the way I convey story and emotion doesn't work for the audience. I think a major part of this is nervousness to trust my initial instinct, because after endlessly re-writing the script, cutting a hundred edits and re-watching them countless times, everything in the film inevitably becomes stale, and I marvel how it could evoke any emotion in anyone other than confusion or frustration.

February 13, 2016 at 11:36AM


My greatest fear is that I am inadequate to fulfill my duties as a filmmaker. This weekend I have a big meeting with my first clients ever, and I need to have plenty of story ideas, but I don't know what type of story they'd like, and I certainly don't want to pester them before the meeting. It's times like these where I question my career choice, and that's the scariest part for me—the fear that no matter how hard I try, I just won't be good enough.

July 19, 2016 at 11:33PM

Lorenzo Ducai
Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Wedding Photographer

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