Words of wisdom from Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, Richard Crudo, ASC, Paul Auster,…
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8 Excellent PRO Filmmaking Tips for New Directors
“For me the most important thing is passion. And a director who is not passionate about his project turns me off. That means sometimes I work with directors who will really challenge me and the crew, and we will work long hours, and it’s tough. But I much prefer that, to someone who just wants to get it done in a reasonable amount of time and go home, just get it in the can. So passion is the most important thing.”
~Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC
“The director must be a good communicator. If a person communicates and collaborates well, that’s a great start.”
~Richard Crudo, ASC
“If you love to do it, just keep doing, and do the best work that you possibly can. It’s a very tough business, and it’s filled with very unsavory people. People you really don’t want to have to deal with that much. The work itself is such a joy. The spirit of camaraderie. The crew, the actors, all the technicians, the editors. All of these things are so enjoyable that I guess you just have to do the best work you can. All the time. And maintain the highest level possible.”
“Find the questions and ask them—the simple ones, the obvious ones, but especially the ones that scare you.”
“Always run a safe set. Don’t ask anyone on the crew to take risks, always use common sense, and always follow the local / state laws and any regulations for the specific location. Make it your business to study the appropriate best practice guidelines and add a safety coordinator to your crew.”
“Make a lot of movies. Short movies, clips, scenes, anything. Look at the Safdie brothers and how many countless short films – some even just a few seconds long – that they cranked out for years before jumping into a feature. Even if the actors are your roommates or family members, even if it’s shot and edited on your phone, and even (and especially) if it’s not a good film. Keep making them. Develop your eye by doing.”
“Learn how to write a good script. It all starts on the page – you can’t make a good film from a bad script.”
“Trust your vision, be persistent, and never give up.”