A space to share the creation of my first film, a documentary about the Montagnard people who served as American allies during the Vietnam War
Monday, June 6, 2011
One Simple Truth About Independent Filmmaking
Years ago I attended the screening of an independent film. The director answered questions afterwards. I mustered up some courage, walked to the mic, and asked him how he started making films.
His answer was, "I just started making movies. With whatever resources I had."
That moment is a big one in my life. The response made me angry because it was so simple. It also gave me enough courage to start Abandoned Allies a few months later.
For years I had been waiting to start making my own films. Waiting for the right time, the right team, the right subject matter. Just waiting for something to get started.
The truth is: there will never be a better time to start making your own independent film than right now. Start today.
Whatever you're dreaming about--even if it's not filmmaking--find a way to do it. Know that it's not going to be any easier to start tomorrow. No one will give you the perfect circumstances. And you're not getting any younger waiting for them.
Don't wait for the perfect time, team, resources, circumstances, script, or subject matter. They don't exist. So quit making excuses and start now. The journey ahead isn't going to be any easier the longer you wait.
Independent filmmaking is not an easy journey. There are ways to make it better, though. More on that later...