Short Filmmakers Lifestyle and successful filmmakers idealogy

Credits: KAVITHA G., MCA (Content Intern Applicant at Shortfundly)

Short Film Makers Lifestyle

Being a film maker is an exciting and stressful job. Leaving the ordinary civilian lifestyle to become a filmmaker can be a real jolt. Filmmaking is not just a life-style – it’s a strategy, a different way of thinking and doing.

Short films are generally used by filmmakers to gain experience and/or prove their talent in order to gain funding for future films from private investors, entertainment companies, or film studios. So, they focus on a few key ideas and methodologies that help them achieve their filmmaking goals.

Short Film Makers daily routine includes watching movies, analysing their favourite scenes, and watch them again and again until they have figured out exactly how they were made.


Successful filmmakers not only know the specific things they want, they create a business plan that outlines their strategies of how they are going to make it all happen. Plans can go awry, or as Shakespeare said, ‘many a slip twixt cup and lip.’ But no plan and you haven’t a chance. Creating a business plan is a process that takes 6 – 8 weeks of intense thought and research

Film Makers work on the film from its conception stage to its delivery stage. They are in charge of making sure that every component of a movie runs smoothly and deals with three main phases which are pre-production, production and post -production.

Apart from having control over nearly every aspect of the movie, they also play a large role in technical aspects. They get the best out of the artists as the script demands. They have to see how the scenes unfold, what props are going to be used, how the characters should look, and who should play specific parts. They even handle most of the budgetary concerns of a film as well. Film Makers even work with individuals in charge of lighting, scenery, writing and so forth to make sure that all of the element come together.

Sometimes the film might demand for a scene in the “Golden Hour” that is time during sunrise when everything looks most beautiful in the film or even in the mid-night. They have no control on their schedules.

Since Film Makers are the heart of the film there is often a lot of pressure in the work environment. In short, the success of the movie depends on them.

Film makers don’t let their passion down due to their stressful life and long hours of work which in other way effect their married life. It’s not that fulltime film work and marriage are totally incompatible but spouse needs to have an understanding that being married to someone in a creative field means that they are giving up expectations of a “normal” life they have imagined. It is tough and needs lot of work to maintain a healthy marriage with such a crazy schedule.

No relationship is “easy”, regardless of spouse’s profession. It’s all about a healthy balance, mutual love and respect for your partner and their passion(s).

There are many successful couples in the industry who collaborate as producer-director-actor and share that infinite dose of passion for their work. Like any relationship, it’s all about open and honest communication, doesn’t matter if you’re a filmmaker or a plumber. They are open to change and compromise, understand there will be challenges with your schedules and be sure to make the most of their free time together.

Film makers stay out of their comfort zone. More diverse their contacts (whether by sectors/age/ethnic group/gender), the more they’ll be able to “narrow the angles” on potential incoming problems.

Films act as an effective means of conveying healthy messages to the society and change the outmoded attitudes and customs, especially in the rural areas.

Filmmakers feel a distinct social responsibility, influence people and work towards the welfare of the society.


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