“Filmmaking is not, or shouldn’t be, a strictly goal-oriented exercise. I’ve always preferred the process to the proof. This belief goes all the way back to grade school, when I realized that every time I took a test, I was no longer learning. It wasn’t about education but was about proving your stature. When artists experiment, when they work without a net, the work becomes more alive. Such a method can also allow the audience to engage with the art on another level, because there is the additional question of whether the author can ultimately pull it all off.” -Ted Hope (founder of Good Machine Films) from his book Hope For Film
It doesn’t matter how passionate you were.
It doesn’t matter that you had great intentions.
It doesn’t matter how hard you worked on it.
It doesn’t matter that you didn’t have enough time.
It doesn’t matter that you didn’t have enough money.
It doesn’t matter that you weren’t able to get the right people.
When it comes to your project, what matters is the end result. That’s what you’ll be judged on.
But also realize you have a choice in the matter. You can choose that their judgment doesn’t matter. That all you care about is the process. That the value lies in the attempt.
Just ensure you make a choice before getting started.