“When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.“
– Quentin Tarantino.
It is often said that mistakes are there to teach us and that it makes us even more experienced. However, we don’t always have to make mistakes, don’t we? Especially since there are those that we can avoid facilitating the learning process.
This is why it is advisable to listen to those who have already succeeded in this field and to apply the advice they offer us, if it corresponds to your needs, of course, to avoid making the same mistakes.
This is a list of advice from professional filmmakers, which might be helpful for anyone interested in filmmaking. It doesn’t matter if you’re an aspiring filmmaker or just curious about the industry; these pieces of advice are worth reading. Without further ado, let’s start with advice number one:
“There are no manuals, shortcuts, and secrets to finding your way. You learn everything by doing the work: “
You only learn when you do the work. It means you must start working hard and tirelessly to get the desired results. No improvement is possible if you don’t apply everything you’ve learned.
You might not get it right the first time or jump back to a few steps, but this is how you learn and grow. If you don’t apply everything that you’ve learned so far? What you have learned is of no use to you.
“Casting is 85–90% of the film. That’s why it’s essential to insist on the actors you want. You must meet with your actors and see how they will work together and individually. Knowing how you feel working with them is also imperative to your work as a director.“
Casting plays a crucial role in your film. When we start in the world of cinema, we tend to ask our friends and family to play in our short films. To avoid confusion, make it clear that they are passionate and motivated to play the role you will dedicate to them. If not, you will run into problems.
“Learn how to be a storyteller first”
said Steven Spielberg.
This is one of the things you shouldn’t take lightly; the importance of the story you have to tell. The most important thing in cinema is the story; you don’t need to use fancy camera movements to achieve that. Always put the story first, no matter what choice you make during pre-production.
He added; “Aim to tell a story, rather than trying to sell a product. You can express yourself with very little“
“There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over-thought it, or they were too cautious and were unwilling to make the leap of faith.”
Overthinking is a known problem for most of us and prevents us from achieving our goals. Suppose you want to become a director, direct. If you’re going to become a Cinematographer, start filming. Just do it, and the rest will follow. We cannot predict the future; what we can do is act now if we want to have a better lot. Take action now, and don’t worry about what might happen. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
“Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all”
Now you’re going to tell me, what’s coffee got to do with filmmaking?! Let me enlighten you. Remember what I told you about starting to film? Well, that’s where I was coming from. You just have to start, no matter the results, good or bad. Just replace the coffee with a short film… Do you know? Everything is connected.
“Negativity is the enemy of creativity”
That’s my favorite one. Too often, we say negative things about ourselves, which keeps us from being more creative. You probably already said something like this to yourself; It’s too hard to do, we need something much more straightforward, I’m not able to do that, I’ve not experienced enough for that… all kinds of negative sentences exist. If you are faced with a few new things, take it from another angle, and tell yourself that it is a challenge and an opportunity to learn. Dare to say no to negativity.
Based on what these directors have taught us, anyone can become good. We all have the power to achieve our goals and feats, but what must be remembered is that A dream does not become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.