Of course you do! It’s a skill that can put you in a position of power and authority. If you’re a college student you can get your degree in film, and if you’re an expert at directing and producing you’ll have the best job that money can buy. But, like all skills, if you don’t master them, you’ll fall behind.
What kind of industry experiences do you have? There are a wide range of film and television industry experiences out there. Some people are able to direct their first film on their own, others learn the ropes in a few weeks, and still others manage to launch their own successful show. The key is to be versatile, you need to have knowledge in a variety of disciplines and to work across all the different industries.
Why do you love directing? When I first came across directing as a career, a lot of film students said that acting was the way to go. I thought well, why not? There were a lot of opportunities to play a character, to make up stories and so on, but I was not used to all that.
That’s when I realised that there is a big difference between being the director and acting. So, I went through my first feature film as a producer, and learned a lot from that. And then I decided I wanted to be a director myself, so I took the same course as a producer, and it took me to Cannes, where I produced and directed a short film alongside four other directors. I realised that filmmaking has a lot of potential, it’s not that hard to get to the point of where you can make a feature film, it’s just a different skill set. You need to have good directing in order to direct, and there is no perfect way to do that.
That brings me to my next question — how did you become a filmmaker? I saw the writing on the wall, as an art school graduate with a successful career as a writer, I saw that this was something that I was going to pursue, and that meant I needed to do it. So I found a way to do it with my friends and a few friends of friends, and we started shooting. And it’s taken off from there and I’m really proud of it.
What advice would you give a student looking to become a filmmaker? Be persistent. It’s not easy, but I really believe that if you try your hardest to find and make a project on a big budget, it will lead you to