27 Struggles Only Film Students Understand

The struggle is REEL.

1. Casting your friends or family because your budget is non-existent:

2. Or filming in a classroom, basement, or your backyard because you don’t have money:

3. Helplessly watching your editing software of choice freeze before you could save your 6 hours of work:

4. Forgetting a shot on your shot list and having to use awkward stock footage:

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5. Playing back a good scene and then realizing there’s a glaring continuity error:

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6. Having NO IDEA where to get most of your props:

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And you may or may not have procrastinated this whole process and now only have a day to get everything.

7. Using creative commons music instead of that perfect Radiohead song:

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8. Accidentally breaking your tripod and suddenly making your project a Cloverfield remake:

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9. Driving a U-haul of valuable equipment for the first time:

If you’ve done this in NYC, you deserve a medal.

10. Gravely overestimating how much post production will improve your film:

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11. Trying to zoom in slowly and instead making it look really choppy:

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12. Realizing your screenplay needs 60 new drafts before it is even remotely presentable:

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13. Filming outdoors and being paranoid about sudden car/dog/baby sounds:

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14. Watching the perfect take happen in rehearsal when, OF COURSE, you weren’t filming:

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15. Accidentally saying stuff like “I’m DPing on set” around non-film folk:

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Not as exciting, sorry!

16. Worrying you won’t surpass $1 on your Kickstarter or Indiegogo:

Don’t worry, the constant stress only lasts a month.

17. Not being able to watch even totally mediocre movies without analyzing the cinematography/character arcs/dialogue:

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18. Experimenting with actual film for the first time and realizing everything has to pretty much be perfect from the first take:

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Because rolls of film are expensive, y’all.

19. Or deciding to try stop motion and learning it takes a billion times longer than you ever imagined:

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20. Having half your close friends move across the country to pursue their careers.

NYC or LA. Maaaaybe Austin. But probably LA.

21. Feeling a pain in your soul every awards season when so many talented people get snubbed:

Especially everyone involved in indie projects.

22. Having no clue how you’ll afford to go see all the films you want in theaters:

And LOL @ film festivals.

23. Not being able to decide on which Oscar viewing party to go to:

Three of your friends are having one, and not going to theirs is the ultimate betrayal.

24. Realizing how much you need connections to get anywhere in the business:

25. Worrying about sounding pretentious because of your major/career choice/taste in film:

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26. Spending all your tax refunds and birthday money on your film budget or new equipment:

27. Because, despite all the challenges, you really are the happiest when making a movie:

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