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5 Ways to Know Your True Love is Filmmaking

Caleb Ward

How do you know you’ve found the right one (career-wise)? We’ve compiled this list of ways to tell if your true love is filmmaking.

It’s that time a year again, love is in the air and instead of a date, you have a film project to work on. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, you’re in love and who are we to judge. But how do you know if you are really in love with filmmaking? In the spirit of Valentines Day, we had a little fun with this one…

1. You spend more on equipment than relationships.

Between a camera, audio equipment, lighting gear, lenses, mounts, cables, accessories, and an editing bay, the average filmmaker spends thousands of dollars getting their arsenal of gear together. In comparison, the average date with a human being costs less than a hundred dollars.

With new cameras like the Blackmagic 4K and the Lumix GH4 you save up your money so you can buy what’s important. Besides the feeling you get when you unbox that camera for the first time is simply intoxicating. Amirite?

2. You can’t stop thinking about your film.

What is my actor’s motivation? How can we shoot the scene more effectively? Are we going to crowdsource or find investors?

These are the questions that keep you up at night. As a filmmaker you often find yourself, daydreaming about your next shoot and getting your film shown in festivals. Lucky for you, there are free resources online to help you make your dream a reality.

3. Filmmaking isn’t easy but you’ve stuck with it.

With over 2.2 million people in the film and video industry, creating a name for yourself is no easy task. It takes dedication to master your art.

You could have become a doctor or lawyer but that would be too easy, Instead you chose the cutthroat, exciting, world of filmmaking. Some might say the odds are not in your favor, but when you have a dream no one is going to stop you.

4. You’re loyal to a camera brand.

Nikon vs. Canon vs. Panasonic vs. Blackmagic. You have a favorite brand and you’re loyal to it. In your mind, using another brand is simply treason. You’ve been with your camera’s brand since the beginning. Through long, stressful shoots you’ve bonded with your camera and you wouldn’t trade those memories for anything.

Sure you’re loyal to your friends, but are your friends as consistent as your trusted DSLR? Maybe not.

5. You read tutorials on filmmaking (not dating).

Some people spend their lives flipping through Cosmo magazines and setting up online dating profiles, but you don’t. Instead, you read/watch exciting tutorials about nonlinear editing, production techniques and equipment specs. You’re happy with your old clothes and messy hair…as long as you have a camera and a dream anythings possible. That’s true love, my friend.

There you have it. If you have another reason why you love filmmaking please share it in the comments below.