If you can imagine and believe that you are already a successful filmmaker, you have taken the first step of being a successful filmmaker
by Carole Dean
One thing that nearly every filmmaker has is an abundance of creative imagination. If you are seeking to prosper as a director, producer, or screenwriter, this is the resource which you need to tap. And I don’t mean just using it to create a great story for a great film, but using it to create the reality in your mind that you are in the midst of a great career as a filmmaker.
As my fiscally sponsored filmmakers and readers know, Napoleon Hill is one my favorite authors. I teach lessons from his monumental best-selling book Think and Grow Rich in our Film Funding Guidance Class every two weeks.
Through his work and others, we’ve learned that by using your imagination, you can create your desired reality in your subconscious. By making it real to yourself there, it will become real in your life as well.
Using auto suggestion from the conscious to the subconscious
In Napoleon Hill’s chapter on auto suggestion, he goes into detail to explain that material cannot get into the subconscious mind without coming through the conscious mind. The reason you want to get information into the subconscious is because this is how you create your future.
Nature, he writes, has so built man that he has absolute control over the material which reaches his subconscious mind through his five senses. But the fact he does not exercise it explains why so many people go through life in poverty.
I impress upon our filmmakers the importance of writing out your desire and to read it aloud twice daily.
By following these instructions, you communicate the object of your desire directly to your subconscious mind in a spirit of absolute faith. Through repetition of this procedure you voluntarily create thought habits which are favorable to your efforts to transmute desire into its monetary equivalent.
Here is how Napoleon Hill suggests that you create your future:
FIRST: Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. You do not want to say I want plenty of money, you must be definite. Pick a number and state that number. Personally, I like to say a number, but I say over that number so I’m not putting any limits on what I can receive. You must have a number; it is very important.
SECOND: Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. This might be you want to raise over $20,000 for your film. Next you have to promise that you’re going to work on your film so many hours a week in order to achieve that goal so promise 15 or 20 hours a week as a minimum promise because you need to put the work in to create the funds.
THIRD: Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire. Believe me, the universe is time sensitive so you need a month and a year when you want your return.
FOURTH: Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once whether you’re ready or not to put this plan into action. I call this the “To Do” list. Write down what you need to do to get that funding. Like: expand your data base, create emails to “ask for money”, etc.
FIFTH: Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
SIXTH: Read your written statement aloud twice daily once before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read it, see, feel, and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
You need to believe what you want so much that it happens
Napoleon explains that you must believe it when you say it. You must feel that it already exists and know this in your body and in your mind. This is a fact of such importance as to warrant repetition in every chapter of his book. And here he is absolutely right. Repetition is important as this is a key to achieving your goal.
Author Neville Goddard, teaches us that you have to pretend like you have it. I tell our filmmakers to go to bed at night with a “movie” of you in a new life and send that from the conscious to the unconscious. This is how we reach the unconscious which is a very important aspect of creating your future.
Napoleon says that man may be the master of his own earthly status and especially his financial status when he becomes able to influence his own subconscious. That is the most important thing we have to get across to ourselves today that the subconscious is running the show. Our job is to get the subconscious to believe we have what we want.
Creative imagination is a talent filmmakers have
Imagination is a key to your success.
Napoleon says there are two forms of imagination. One is synthetic imagination. This is arranging old concepts, ideas, or plans into a new combination. This creates nothing, it works with the material of experience, education and observation. It is most used by the inventor with the exception of the genius who draws upon the creative imagination when he cannot solve his problem through synthetic imagination.
The other is creative imagination This is the faculty through which hunches and inspiration are received. It is by this faculty that all basic and new ideas are handed over to man. It is through this that thought vibrations from the minds of others are received. It is through this that one individual may “tune in” or communicate with the subconscious minds of other men.
Wow, that’s quite a statement from 100 years ago.
Your brain is not just for storage
In Lynne McTaggart’s The Field, we learned that the brain may be considered a sending and receiving unit rather than a storage facility. The brain receives information and sends it back out. From what we understand information comes from the quantum field. Meaning that the quantum field has stored the knowledge since the beginning of time. And, when we are using our true imagination, we can ask for guidance, or for a solution from this massive database.
This information will eventually come to you. I’ll say it has been my experience that this comes to me in various ways. Sometimes I get the though in my head, sometimes I hear the answer in a movie, or someone tells me the answer in a nonrelated conversation. Just know when you ask, you will receive.
What you want to look for is a strong desire that comes over you. It may be stimulated by what someone said or through a series of events, but it is so powerful that it has overtaken you.
The overwhelming desire is your creative imagination at work
This overwhelming desire is what you want to pay attention to. When I started my business of buying and selling motion picture raw film stock in the 1970’s, I just was overwhelmed with the knowledge that I could make a living buying short ends leftover from the studios and selling it to emerging independent filmmakers. No one could talk me out of it. And the fact that I didn’t have any money didn’t stop me because I was so determined that I knew in every bone in my body that I would be successful.
People said you’ll never sell any film that doesn’t come direct from Kodak. And I had to totally ignore them. They said, “You don’t know raw stock, you don’t understand ASAs.” They were right. I began researching and I found a book from Kodak with the film stocks and just used that book. It was simple. The most important thing I learned from this is that your inner knowing is right. Follow that “feeling.”
When you get an overwhelming feeling, you may want to put your mind to it and say OK this is what I want to do. Say this is what I intend to do, so, now how do I do it? And those are the questions that you take to the quantum field in your meditations, on your daily walks, when you are swimming, whatever you do where you can be completely open to ask and receive.
Give yourself meditation or thinking time during the day. Time you are all alone with no interruptions because sometimes the information comes like a flash out of the blue. This quiet time lets you receive. Through this you can get the guidance that you need to turn those strong desires into reality.
Use your creative imagination that you use for the film into your creation of your future
Napoleon Hill says the great leaders of business industry, finance, the great artists, musicians, and writers became great because they developed the faculty of creative imagination.
I think independent film makers were born with a creative imagination that tops the charts. You all are the most creative people that I have ever met in my life. All of you just explode with creativity when you open yourself and receive it. You were born with this great gift of imagination.
Ideas are the beginning point of all fortunes. Ideas are products of the imagination.
The story of Frank Gunsaulus
Napoleon Hill shares a story of a doctor, Frank Gunsaulus. This man was a preacher in the stockyard region of Chicago. While he was going through school, he observed many defects in our educational system which he believed he could correct.
At this time his deepest desire was to become the directing head of an educational institution in which young men and women would be taught to learn by doing. He made up his mind to organize a new college in which he could carry out his ideas. He realized he needed $1,000,000 to put the project together.
Every time he thought about where he could find $1,000,000 he stopped right there. And every night he took that thought to bed with him, that he needed $1,000,000, and he got up in the morning and he thought about it all day. But then he recognized the only limitation is that which one sets up in one’s mind.
The only way to make something happen is to take an action on your dream!
He said finally I have a great idea, but I can’t do anything with it because I can never procure the necessary millions.
But one Saturday afternoon in his room, thinking of ways and means of raising the money, he said to himself “I’ve been thinking about this for two years, but I have done nothing. The time for action has come!”
He made up his mind that he would get the $1,000,000 within a week. After he made this decision, he called the newspaper. He announced that he would preach a sermon the following Monday morning entitled, “what I would do if I had $1,000,000.”
He wrote and rewrote his sermon and had it in perfect shape for the church. Next morning, he got up, he prayed, and he felt assured that the money would be forthcoming. In his excitement, he didn’t recognize that he’d forgotten the sermon at home until he got to the church. He couldn’t go back home for it was too late. He had to just talk from the top of his head and from his heart.
“Reverend I liked your sermon.”
He delivered a wonderful sermon and quietly went to sit down on the front row. At that time a man from the back of the church came down towards the pulpit an extended his hand and said, “Reverend I liked your sermon. I believe you can do everything you said if you had $1,000,000 to prove that I do believe in you, if you come to my office tomorrow morning I’ll give you the $1,000,000. My name is Phillip D Armor.”
The pastor went to the office, got the check, and he founded the Armor Institute of Technology. Mr Gunsaulus stopped dreaming about it and he finally took an action on his dream. That’s when it happens. When you do something to make your dreams a reality.
So, what action do you have to take to get your film moving? Are you worried about crowd funding because you don’t have a large enough database?
My How to Fund Your Film class has nearly 3 hours of lessons, advice, and tips that I’ve used to help filmmakers raise over $30 million for their films. If you have watched this class and have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.
Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers the Roy W. Dean Film Grants and fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcast, The Art of Film Funding, interviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film production. Her new class “How to Fund Your Film” is available on Vimeo on Demand. She is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts. See IMDB for producing credits