The Code of a Filmmaker - 12 Principles For Video Creators and Filmmakers (Reissued)

April 3, 2019

 

[Asked which of my videos I like best - it's this one from 2012 - reissuing it in 2019 for those interested.] Most professions subscribe to a set of basic principles. I wanted one for filmmakers and video creators so I created The Code of a Filmmaker. http://bit.ly/SubscribeToBasicFilmmaker

#basicfilmmaker #filmmaking #code

I've been asked so many times which video I've created over the years is my favorite. So I went through the 300+ videos on the channel, and I have to say, It's this one from almost 7 years ago. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I do.

THE CODE OF A FILMMAKER
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1. I PROMISE TO CREATE THE BEST WORKS I CAN, USING THE TIME, KNOWLEDGE AND TOOLS I HAVE AVAILABLE AND COMPLETE THOSE WORKS TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.

2. I PROMISE TO NOT EXPLAIN OR MAKE EXCUSES FOR MY WORK BUT TO IMPROVE MY COMPETENCE BY LEARNING AND PRACTICING MY CRAFT.

3. I PROMISE TO HELP OTHERS WHEN I CAN WITH THOSE THINGS I KNOW AND TO NOT PRETEND I KNOW SOMETHING WHEN I DON'T.

4. I PROMISE TO NOT MAKE LESS OF MY OWN OR ANOTHER'S WORK AND TO NOT DAMAGE ANOTHER FILMMAKER'S REPUTATION OR STATUS.

5. I PROMISE TO GIVE ADVICE TO THOSE WHO ASK FOR IT AND TO KEEP MY ADVICE CONSTRUCTIVE AND HELPFUL.

6. I PROMISE TO IGNORE AND NOT ENGAGE THOSE WHO ARE SUPER-CRITICAL AND IRRATIONAL.

7. I PROMISE TO NOT CONDONE THE THEFT OF ANOTHER'S WORK, AND WILL LEGALLY OBTAIN, LICENSE AND CREDIT ANOTHER'S WORK AS REQUIRED.

8. I PROMISE TO GET THE PROPER RELEASES AND PERMISSIONS I NEED FOR MY WORK AS REQUIRED.

9. I PROMISE TO TREAT THOSE AROUND ME WITH RESPECT, COURTESY, AND UNDERSTANDING, AND TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THE FILM MAKING PROCESS AND ITS TERMINOLOGY.

10. I PROMISE TO NOT PERMIT UNAUTHORIZED PHOTOS, SHOTS, SOUND RECORDINGS, OR INFORMATION GIVEN TO ME IN CONFIDENCE, TO BE PASSED ON TO ANYONE FOR ANY REASON.

11. I PROMISE TO NOT CONDONE ANY TYPE OF DISCRIMINATION OF ANY FILMMAKER BECAUSE OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, CREED, AGE, SEX, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.

12. I PROMISE TO RECOGNIZE AND SUPPORT FILMMAKERS, KNOWING THEIR TRUE INTENTIONS ARE TO HAVE THEIR IDEAS BROUGHT INTO BEING, SHARED AND ENJOYED BY OTHERS.

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