May 25, 2015

'You Have to Be Courageous': Candid Advice from 17 Master Filmmakers

17 of the greatest directors working today offer up nearly 10 minutes' worth of bite-size pieces of reflection on filmmaking.

We're talking Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Steve McQueen, Lone Scherfig, and David Cronenberg just to name a few. The video below is a compilation of Film4 interviews. 

The decades of experience these directors have cumulatively is astounding (I'm lazy and I'm not going to do the math). They have so much wisdom to impart -- and in this particular video they provide plenty of gems to mull over until the foreseeable future. However, the thing that stuck out the most to me was something that director Lone Scherfig said, which was simply to be courageous. 

As filmmakers, there are plenty of opportunities for our spirit and resolve to be diminished by those that wish to diminish it -- the culprit usually tends to be ourselves -- but for the sake of our family, friends, ourselves, the project we're working on -- we have to be able to be courageous enough to let go of perfection and embrace "what works". Oftentimes, it's "what works" that gives our projects the life and humanity that makes them relatable and enjoyable to our audience -- and later on, ourselves.     

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One woman's comments is not enough. Get with it!

May 26, 2015 at 2:08PM, Edited May 26, 2:08PM

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Cara Perlman
Director/Writer
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I agree. Campion? Coppola? MacLaren?

August 19, 2015 at 10:56PM

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Jeff Payne
Writer/Director
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Interesting to hear how many of them talk about film making as a creative process where trial and error (and even luck) often play a more important role than meticulous planning and control.

May 26, 2015 at 6:14PM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
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These directors are very talanted. But sometimes it is just the right time, the right place and the right epoch.

May 26, 2015 at 10:46PM, Edited May 26, 10:46PM

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Einar Gabbassoff
D&CD at Frame One Studio
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Really awesome compilation of ideas and stories from great minds. Although I've enjoyed every moment of my filmmaking journey, I also get a sense of urgency from the process as well.

May 28, 2015 at 3:27PM

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Donovan Vim Crony
Director, DP, Editor, VFX, Sci-Fi Lover
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this is shown on Film4 regularly, interesting but would love to just spend an hour one to one with both Tarantino and Scorcese on separate occasions to pick their brains more indepth

August 20, 2015 at 4:45AM

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