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PODCAST: Finding Motivation & Staying Committed To Your Film

Filmmakers are notorious for starting projects and never finishing. I should know, as I’ve done it more than once! But the truth is, nothing is more detrimental to our ability to grow and succeed as filmmakers than lack of motivation and commitment… Both of which are very rare to come by.

When we discover our own powerful sources of intrinsic motivation, and practical techniques for staying committed to our projects through even the toughest of times, we will prevail when others quit.

Filmmaking is an extremely difficult journey. This is especially true of feature films, and doubly true of micro-budget feature films, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t techniques and mindsets we can apply to our processes to make our journey more manageable, productive, and fulfilling.

Throughout this podcast I explore these concepts and much more, in hopes that these ideas will help many of you to ensure you start working on the projects you want to be working on, and get to the finish line successfully.

So take a listen to Episode 03: Finding Motivation & Staying Committed To Your Film

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Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!

4 Comments

  • CJ
    May 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Noam, thanks so much for this! Seriously, this is all great advice and I’m glad that my issues aren’t uncommon. After the initial excitement of a new project wears off, I find it incredibly difficult to continue, often as a result of second-guessing, doubts, negativity etc. All self-imposed, of course. It’s almost like I’m looking for reasons to justify giving up, instead of keeping the momentum going and finishing what I’ve started.

    Another common issue is trying to decide what project to tackle next. Overthinking this can sometimes be crippling, resulting in no progress being made on anything at all. I like the “mistress project” idea, as well as taking a break to do something else creative. Coming back to something after a little break can result in fresh solutions to problems.

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    • Noam Kroll
      May 11, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, CJ! I’m really glad to hear this resonated with you as well. And I have to agree, having that second project on the back burner is a nice way to solve two issues… Not only will it help you take time away from your main project, but it also gives you something to look forward to as you tee up your next creative endeavor.

      Thanks for listening!

      Reply
  • ND
    May 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Wow!! This PodCast spoke directly to me!! Just finished shooting a year long film (about to get into post production phases now)…I can’t say the number of times I felt discouraged and wanted to abandon the project for something less ambitious…
    Now that production is done, I am so proud of myself for not giving up on the project!

    What struck me the most was when you said (I paraphrase)…”a bad finished film that has been produced is better than a perfect film that lives in the mind of the filmmaker”

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    • Noam Kroll
      May 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed this! I always loving hearing how and why these podcasts resonate with other filmmakers, so I sincerely appreciate the message. Best of luck with your film project, and I’m sure it will turn out beautifully.

      Reply

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