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:
5. Playing back a good scene and then realizing there’s a glaring continuity error:
6. Having NO IDEA where to get most of your props:
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:
8. Accidentally breaking your tripod and suddenly making your project a Cloverfield remake:
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:
11. Trying to zoom in slowly and instead making it look really choppy:
12. Realizing your screenplay needs 60 new drafts before it is even remotely presentable:
13. Filming outdoors and being paranoid about sudden car/dog/baby sounds:
14. Watching the perfect take happen in rehearsal when, OF COURSE, you weren’t filming:
15. Accidentally saying stuff like “I’m DPing on set” around non-film folk:
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:
18. Experimenting with actual film for the first time and realizing everything has to pretty much be perfect from the first take:
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:
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.