Thanks to the accessibility of digital filmmaking equipment, anyone can be a “filmmaker” these days; however, this has not changed the filmmaking profession. Statistically speaking, earning a living as a filmmaker is exceptionally difficult, a fact I was recently reminded of in a great article by Paul Harrill. Regardless of technological advances, it is still incredibly difficult to earn a living making movies. In fact, some argue it’s actually more difficult today, due to the proliferation of films saturating the market.
As a result, while I embark on my film project, I periodically ask myself if it’s worth the effort. No matter how simple I keep the production, it will invariably cost me a lot of time and money. In other words, making this film is a big investment. A few years ago, I was a student at a top-tier law school. No doubt, it was a huge financial and time investment. However, I presumably was guaranteed a lucrative and empowering degree, so the investment made sense. On the other hand, even the best of films go unnoticed, leaving talented filmmakers broke and unemployed.
So why do it? Why play the filmmaking lottery? It’s definitely not the glitz and glamor or the possibility of making millions. It’s not even the excitement. The only thing I can think of is personal reward. That may sound selfish, but I can’t imagine any other profession fulfilling me more than making films. I’d love to say my main motive is to change the world and help people, but that would be a lie. I make films because I really enjoy it, plain-and-simple.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to make this film and I want to make the most of it while enjoying the process. And if I do, I believe I inevitably will give back and help others, because those who do what they enjoy infuse the world with lots of beauty and goodness.
I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this subject!