THINGS I'VE LEARNED DIRECTING A MOVIE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Recently I directed a film that I wrote. I had never done either of those things. Here is a list compiled by myself, along with the advice of several other directors.
- •It's half dream/half nightmare.
- •Each day you think your movie is going to be ruined.
- •Each day you think your movie is going to win Best Picture (At the Saratoga Springs Film Festival - which we would be thrilled to get into).
- •Each day you come into work you have to deal with people you grow to eventually hate.
- •Sometimes everybody thinks you're wrong, but you're actually right.
- •Sometimes you're wrong and you have to admit that.
- •Opinions help, but sometimes they can cloud your own.
- •Panicking never solved anything.
- •There's always an easier solution that you're not thinking of.
- •In general, convince people you know what you're doing, even if you don't. If somebody asks you a question you don't know the answer to, pretend like you know and change your mind later
- •Ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, this is not that important. Understand that and you'll take a lot of pressure off yourself.
- •You're not alone. Every director has gone through the same exact issues, if not much worse.
- •Waking up is the hardest part - until you edit.
- •If you think about punching your editor in the back of the head, don't do it. He's currently your only friend. @tothemaxxx