SOME SMART ADVICE
I have @jonrawlinson to thank for spotting this one, it’s a statement that so clearly articulates the struggle of being a creative and it’s even more appropriate these days when there are appear to be so many filmmakers happy to settle for the mediocre. I see a lot of copycat filmmaking and I see a lot of copycat filmmakers being lauded for average work. It bugs the hell out of me. I always advise young directors to get out and shoot a ton of stuff early on. Get the mistakes out, make them early and start picking through the wreckage of your terrible work to find the tiny gems that you’ll take with you into your next project. The problem with DSLRs is that they flatter us. In the old days when you had stinky DV cameras to work with and tiny little sensors you had to work so much harder to get things to look good. I think it’s a shame we don’t have that anymore because people are mistaking strong aesthetics for strong filmmaking. Not the same thing at all. It used to take a long time to get a short film made, but now it doesn’t. You used to have to trawl through the festival circuit to achieve peer recognition. Not anymore. This is the greatest gift of DSLR filmmaking: an accelerated education. However speedy it might be, it’s still an education and you still need it.