The Most Crucial Filmmaking Lessons I Learned This Year + Every Film I watched in 2017

By Noam Kroll

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted as I took some time off for the holidays, and I figured what better way to kick off 2018 than by reflecting on the most important lessons I’ve learned over the last year.

Every year, all of us will grow as filmmakers and will continue to refine our creative abilities and knowledge of the craft. That said, some years yield more growth than others, and for me personally 2017 was a year of significant change in many ways – not just artistically, but tactically as well. Over the course of the year I directed and edited my feature Shadows on the Road, started writing my next feature, consumed as many educational books & courses as possible, watched over 100 movies, read dozens of scripts, collaborated with some great commercial clients (including 2 major film studios), launched my podcast & newsletter, and continued to generate more content for this blog at every opportunity.

While all this might sound great, don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of setbacks along the way too – Half started projects, unfinished scripts, extremely stressful days while shooting my feature (and ever longer nights while editing), and plenty of other challenges in virtually every way imaginable. At the end of it all though, I learned a ton along the way and want to share some of the more important anecdotes with you below.

So here they are, in no particular order –

Work as much as possible, but only on the right things. It’s imperative that as filmmakers we make as much content as we can, as it is truly the only way to move ahead in this business. Every project leads to a stronger body of work, better industry contacts, and more exposure. At the same time, → continue…

From:: Noam Kroll