A Filmmaker’s Journal

Three years ago, I wrote and directed my first feature film (due to be released this year). I did a few things right, and a lot of things wrong. Here’s what the experience taught me about filmmaking…and life.

Mitch Teemley

Production photo from my feature film Over-the-Rhine

My Recipe for Humble Pie

I was directing my first feature film and thought I knew everything I needed to know. I mean, heck, I have a master’s degree in theatre and have directed too many stage productions to count; I’ve produced movies and have directed a ton of short films; plus, I did four years of post-graduate study in film and have taught filmmaking at three universities. So, what was there to know?

A lot.

At the end of week one my Producer said he was hearing complaints. “But no one tells you to your face,” he explained, “because they like you and don’t want to hurt your feelings.” Hey, at least I’m a likeable loser.


So, I prayed–because God has no problem telling my things to me face–and He gave me His prize recipe for Humble Pie. Here it is:

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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17 Responses to A Filmmaker’s Journal

  1. Bruce says:

    There’s some excellent pointers in there that the Church would do well to consider. Thank you Mitch, I’ve learned that when we share our “real” self, others usually respond in like manner. It is humbling but it’s also gratifying. Grace and blessings my friend.

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  2. simplywendi says:

    thank you for sharing what you learned on such an important project. i think your advice can be used in many areas of someone’s life. i am looking forward to watching your work.

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  3. We may have to fight over that cake… a-hem, humble pie. I have a folder like that myself for before I perform and speak. Ugh! And as with you, I am not the woman I used to be, but I do believe I am getting closer to what the Lord wants me to be… and His humility still humbles me most of all (at the cross and Phil. 2), You’re a blessing, Mitich! Kudos!

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  4. Oh my, just re-read that… as if you’re not the ‘woman’ you used to be…please translate to ‘man.’ LOL

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  5. I just noticed that you wrote this in 2016. Good time to republish! This is wisdom for every leader everywhere. My biggest issue was deciding to trust those working with me to do what they were meant to do…without my interference! Actually, still a work in progress, but doing better…

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    • mitchteemley says:

      It seems that visionaries are rarely strong on management, and managers are rarely strong on vision. We’re ALL works-in-progress, aren’t we?

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    • Oh man, trusting people to do their tasks without me checking up on them everyday, that’s a tough one for me. I have a team I am leading to organize a major event being held in a couple weeks. We have been working on the planning since last fall. It was hard to let go and let people run with their assigned tasks, but as the months progressed I discovered our team became more connected — everyone was invested in it. Ideas began to flow freely and I know the event will be more successful than if I had just tried to direct it. The key was eating a large serving of humble pie at the first meeting and setting the tone from day one. Thanks for this reminder.

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  6. 😊😊😊 Thanks for sharing!

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  7. diman5 says:

    Creativity is always strengthened by experience

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  8. TEP336 says:

    Ah, those blessed moments when we are reminded that we are just as broken and imperfect as those around us. I’ve learned to love those moments through a very long and painful process, because I’m a stubborn man. 😂😂😂

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  9. It’s being released? Awesome! Congrats!

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