5 Filmmaking Tips To Keep You Focused From Steven Spielberg

Sunday 16 September 2018

Filmmaking giant Steven Spielberg is probably one of the sole reasons you decided to get into filmmaking/writing am I right? 

His work certainly inspired me - both Jaws & Jurassic Park are two of my favourite films!

Other films such as ET, War of The Worlds, War Horse and Ready Player One have also inspired audiences around the world with his cinematic narrative and stunning visuals. So what better way to learn than from the OG of the filmmaking world:

I've rounded up his top 5 filmmaking quotes if you're in need of a creative boost!

1.  'You shouldn't dream your film, you should make it.'

You want to write or shoot something - just do it! There's no perfect time for anything to begin, so BEGIN and stop waiting around and risk missing your opportunity. 

2.  'I don't dream at night, I dream all day. I dream for a living.'

You're a WRITER/FILMMAKER, you're meant to do this. 

Especially if you're dealing with some writer's block - don't worry! 

The creativity is there, so take some time thinking exactly what it is you want to write or make. Daydreaming is a perk of the job, so don't feel bad about it!


Filmmaking is a collaborative process! Enjoy building relationships, go and connect with a fellow writer or filmmaker and make things happen. It's great to have a buddy to endure the journey with.

4. ‘You can’t start a movie by having the attitude that the script is finished, because if you think the script is finished, your movie is finished before the first day of shooting’

A script is certainly never finished just because you've completed writing it. 

As mentioned above, this is a COLLABORATIVE effort. 

Everybody will have their OWN take on your work, and that's fine. You all want the same end goal - for it to WORK ON SCREEN

Be open to ideas, you don't have to take on every single one but consider them. 

5. 'All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that why is takes so long’

And finally, EVERY first draft is nearly always crap. 

That's normal, in fact -  and who cares? Nobody should be reading your first draft. The point of a first draft is to get it all down on the page - THEN you start to re-draft. 

Try not to edit as you go along in the first stages either. 

 Get it written, THEN start to edit and refine. Otherwise you run the risk of never completing your project! It can be a vicious and recurring cycle - I've been there! 

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