Edward Zwick has dazzled audiences on the big and small screen. What are some lessons he's learned?
Over the last 30-plus years, no director has had quite the career as Edward Zwick. Bouncing between television and film, he's gotten to tell personal and interesting stories that range from Philadelphia to Africa, to feudal Japan, to Eastern Europe.
What I appreciate most is that Zwick is a storyteller focused on interesting characters, hard choices, and the human experience. There's a searching in his projects that makes the audience feel interested in going on a journey with the filmmaker. And it carries over into his direction.
I was pleasantly surprised when Zwick took to Twitter last night and began listing some of the rules, or more lessons, that he learned about being a director and making movies over the years. I found them to be interesting and insightful, and I know our readers will glean much.
So check them out and let's talk after!
What Are Edward Zwick's 10 Rules for Making Movies?
THERE ARE 10 SIMPLE RULES TO MAKING MOVIES. Unfortunately I never learned them. These are the best I could come up with on short notice… pic.twitter.com/iyod8glO30
THERE ARE 10 SIMPLE RULES TO MAKING MOVIES. Unfortunately I never learned them. These are the best I could come up with on short notice… pic.twitter.com/iyod8glO30— Edward Zwick (@EdwardZwick1) February 17, 2021
As No Film School's writer in residence, I have to send kudos to the postscript on this list. Always good to have the best foundation possible. That means a great script that can help guide you, and your crew, through the journey ahead.
The rest of the rules are so inspired and lovely. I think the overarching theme here is humanity. You're making movies for one person, and you're dealing with actors, who are in fact, people. I love the notion that good ideas come from anywhere. Trust the people around you and your gut.
I think many people can identify with losing faith in what they're doing. Any long or short production has its slog moments, but getting through them is just as important as acknowledging they are present.
What did these rules say to you? Anything that stood out or anything you'd like to add? Let us know in the comments.
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