Filmmaker: If you’re reading this, you’re probably an aspiring filmmaker. You probably have a ton of passion for film. You have a ton of ideas that you want to see become a reality. But at the same time you don’t feel like you’re ready for film school. What do you do?
Well, as filmmakers, we can do this… The only thing that can save the filmmaker is to be self-sustaining. You have to do the things that make the most sense for you. I had a lot of ideas that I wanted to see made and made a couple of films but I was doing too much. I wasn’t trying to be a filmmaker. I was not trying to make the best film I could make. I was making the best film I could make financially so that we could be independent and I could do what I love. I decided to stop. I stopped paying the rent on the studio.
Now I’m self-sustaining. It’s kind of hard, but it can happen! A lot of directors don’t say much about what actually goes into it. They say they’re trying to do this at some point, and it’s a bunch of people’s effort. I’d do it again, and I’d do it better. I would say, “Hey, go do this. I think it’s awesome. I think you guys are going to be really great at it.”
I was there and I don’t mean to disrespect the fact that I had to fight to make those films, but I wasn’t trying to be a filmmaker. I wasn’t trying to make the best film I could make financially. I was making the best film I could make financially so that we could be independent and I could do what I loved. I decided to stop. I stopped paying the rent on the studio. I didn’t pay my water bill. I didn’t pay my gas bills. It felt like the end of the world. I lost that thing I once loved. It was just like… I don’t know. I feel like I got what I wanted at a different time.
But you did do all these other things?
Yeah. I taught photography in the city while I was working on them, but I worked on my own films when I could. I tried to make myself a filmmaker. Every movie I’ve done before – like most of the ones I’ve made – I’ve spent more money
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