From Los Angeles living and working and filming in Tokyo, Japan.
Great episode Simon. I have often thought about this myself. People also need to consider what is their definition of success? What makes someone a filmmaker? I would say that if someone makes a film, puts that film out there for others to watch (delivers his/her art) then that person is a filmmaker and every bit as much of a filmmaker as Scorsese, Hitchcock, Godard and the rest. I'm like you Simon and I suppose like every other filmmaker, I can start a project and time seems to evaporate. I'll start an edit at 5pm and the next thing I know it's 4am, but it feels like I've only been at it for 5 minutes. When you do what you love it isn't work and time somehow speeds up. Making room for an artistic endeavor doesn't feel like sacrifice to me. Some people are fortunate enough to make a living doing what they love and attract massive audiences, but that doesn't make them anymore or less a true filmmaker as people like us; the crowds of people who pay to watch their films are no more legitimate of an audience than the people who watch our films on Vimeo, Youtube or other mediums.
I really like your vlog Simon, keep 'em coming!
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