PODCAST: How The Fear Of Failure Stops Filmmakers From Ever Getting A Feature Off The Ground

Most filmmakers have a laundry list of excuses for why they’re not making their film – They don’t have enough money, can’t find good actors, or don’t have access to the right camera package. But more often than not, these excuses are self-imposed, and it’s the filmmaker themself that is holding the project back, often unwittingly creating hurdles that will prevent them from ever making thier movie.

Why is this the case, though? Why do so many filmmakers create obstacles for themselves, or believe that making a feature film is an impossible feat, when it is easier now than ever before? The reason is simple: They are afraid to fail. Whether they realize it or not, the excuses they are making for themselves are all rooted in a fear of failure, and that’s what today’s episode is all about. We look at some of the ways fear of failure can manifest during the creative process, the detriment it can have on any film project, and how to avoid it entirely so that we can all focus on the one thing that really matters – making the best work possible.

Check out Episode 43: How The Fear Of Failure Stops Filmmakers From Ever Getting A Feature Off The Ground

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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!


  • Edgar Davis

    Thank you so much for this. I’m currently doing it – I did a no budget short nearly 8 years ago. Plus, finished 2 shorts since then. Now, in post on latest short. Thanks additional for motivation


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