10 Filmmaking Tips from Spike Lee
I first saw these 10 inspirational filmmaking tips from Spike Lee posted to LinkedIn.com. I don’t know who compiled them, but I thought they were deeply insightful. and worth sharing with you.
- Write about yourself and what you know.
- Making even a terrible film is hard.
- If you want to be a director, you have a much bigger chance to ger your (first) film made if you also write your own screenplays.
- For drama you got to have two people butting heads. And to elevate that drama both have to be right.
- Your filmmaking always has room for improvement. Try to grow with every project.
- Laziness can hinder a filmmaker the most.
- To make it, you got to be relentless, you got to persevere, you got to be focused, you have to work on your craft and never stop learning.
- Make films with your phone and make them seen online. Film agencies have people whose only job is to look for new talent on the Internet.
- If you go to film school, don’t go for the degree. Go to learn the game, to use their resources and to come out with a finished film or screenplay.
- Write by hand.
I was especially intrigued by his last point. I don’t think he means that everything should be hand-written – especially if you’ve tried to read my hand-writing – but that we need to slow down and THINK about what we are writing, rather than just blast words to the page.
There is so much here that I agree with. Especially perseverance. There are SO MANY obstacles to creating anything – from books to films to art in general – that you need to really, really care about what you are doing.
Never give up.
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