Eamon O’Rourke: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became a Filmmaker
Filmmaking is an arduous and rewarding process and one that often rewards those willing to do the work. After all, it is not easy to make a film come together. That’s why Eamon O’Rourke wanted to share some insights about the filmmaking process and his experience with his short film, Act of Contrition.
- Filmmaking needs proper preparation.
Preparation for your film will take numerous hours, whether it’s in pre-production or during the shooting process. The key is constantly reminding yourself that you must be patient and have the endurance to make it through this journey.
- You need to discover ways to navigate wealthy pricks — however, don’t allow them to run the show.
The most difficult part of the filmmaking journey is maintaining a healthy balance while navigating the delicate and often conflicting relationships you will encounter with your crew, investors, and studio. Eamon O’Rourke notes that the reality of being a filmmaker is that you are in charge, but by no means is it a given that everyone will get along with you. You must develop a thick skin and learn to recognize when someone is difficult. They’re trying to be difficult or being difficult because they have issues.
- Don’t give way to doubts; instead, perceive whatever you may not know.
In this business, it’s not easy to avoid doubt. After all, there’s a lot to learn about the craft as you go. Even if you know what you are doing, it doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes. You can find yourself in an endless loop of analyzing every scene and question, which can get exhausting and depressingly futile. The key is always to be honest and accept that there will always be something left to learn.
- Don’t compare yourself to others.
Often, filmmakers are prone to comparing themselves to their peers. This is never a great idea and should be avoided at all costs. It’s important to recognize that comparisons are useless and will only lead you to misery and self-loathing.
- Filmmaking is a learning process.
This business is ultimately about learning and growing. You will find that you continually work on improving and perfecting your craft, no matter how much you think you’ve learned.