1. Inspiration Strikes
This will happen at the most inconvenient moment (usually when you have just gotten comfortable in bed and are about to fall asleep). Hopefully you have a napkin to scribble notes on.
2. Forming a story
Time to piece this puzzle together! Character webs and plot maps are your best friends.
3. The script
You haven't used Celtx in so long... but hey - it's free.
4. Rewriting your script
SO MANY PLOT HOLES AND UNDERDEVELOPED CHARACTERS!
5. The pitch
Stay calm... you've got this. DEEP BREATHS! Does your voice always quaver this much? Oh God, they didn't laugh when they were supposed to. THEY HATE ME AND ALL OF MY IDEAS.
A necessary evil. You have a month to complete this and promise yourself that you will not procrastinate. Does anybody actually enjoy doing pre-pro?
Casting calls are always interesting...
YOUR PRE-PRO IS DUE IN 3 DAYS AND YOU HAVEN'T STARTED YET. You wonder why you ever thought this was a good idea. You hate EVERYTHING about your film.
YOUR LEAD ROLE JUMPED SHIP 2 DAYS BEFORE SHOOTING BEGINS! You post a frantic Facebook status asking for actors. You will take anybody who is free during your shoot hours. Who needs professionals anyways - you've always wanted to do an homage to Italian Neo-Realism.
10. The shoot
EVERYTHING WILL GO WRONG. Murphy's Law is the only law of physics that matters on set.
"Don't worry - we can fix that in post." Famous last words.
Not slating those shots seemed like a good idea at the time, but now you hate yourself for it. Your media will go offline at least 6 times. Color correction can't fix everything. How did your film end up 4 minutes over the time limit?
"Why didn't we get more takes?"
12. The screening
You say that you don't care what the audience thinks because you're just glad to be done, but their applause makes you tear up anyways.
After a life-threatening amount of substance abuse and a 3 day Netflix binge, you realize that you actually kind of miss being part of a production.