August 5, 2015 at 8:57AM
Ego, An Indie Filmmakers Worse Enemy
Please do not misunderstand me, ego is needed in all forms of art. Ego is what tells the artist he or she is good enough in that they can write that great novel, paint that masterpiece, compose that opera, or create that legendary expression of self. That’s not the ego I’m referring to.
The ego that’s the subject of our discussion is the ego that tells you that you are a master filmmaker (the next Martin Scorsese perhaps?) or that you are a shoe-in for Sundance this year even though you have never read a book on filmmaking, taken a class on film production, or even been on a motion picture set.
I’ve been in post-production for over twenty-two years and have worked on hundreds of features, shorts, docs, commercials and music videos. Many “first time” directors I’ve worked with over the years have one unfortunate destructive trait — a huge and ignorant ego which makes for a very dangerous combination.
In all of those cases their egos have not only hurt the films or projects they were attempting to create, but destroyed them in an eruptive blaze that the film Gods could see from Mount Hollywood.
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