The actors you
have been dealing with suddenly seem impossible…
Your finance has fallen
These things happen. And they may even happen often. But for me, the
key is to remember where you started and why you do this.
It’s not for the
money or the fame - is it? No. It’s not about being behind that camera, so you
can act like a big shot. No - of course it isn’t.
You LOVE to do this -
remember? You LOVE telling stories and writing and casting and shooting.
LOVE all of it - even the rough parts - because you know you’re going to come
out the other side with a finished piece of work, or at least a learning
experience. And even just learning to be a better filmmaker is something to be
At times like this, I think
back to the beginning. I think back to how it started for me and where my
interest in all of this comes from. When I was a small child, my older brother,
Bernard, was involved with Cine
Club - a group for amateur filmmakers, in Birmingham,
The group would meet regularly and put together various film
productions. Some of their Super-8 films were quite simple, others very
ambitious - but many times, these would be award winning films, regularly
reaching the ‘Ten Best’ Amateur Film Awards in the Birmingham.
then my brother was a keen Super-8 filmmaker. He made numerous short films -
involving both animation and his own homespun visual effects. I remember
vividly when he took me to a very long screening of the ‘Ten Best’ amateur
It was in a rather musty theater with uncomfortable seats. Many of these
‘award winning’ films seemed quite boring at the time - I’m guessing because in
some respects they were quite experimental.
The pair of us were sitting in that
theater for hours. Still, that’s how it all started for me. Almost at that
moment, or at least around then, because decades later I would find myself
going to festival screenings and thinking exactly the same thing.
long. Uncomfortable seats.
It’s amazing really - the more things change, the
more they stay the same.
I am honest, my brother was always (and continues to be) a great inspiration to
No matter what, his interest in movies has always been a constant in my
life. It was his interest, in some respects, that sparked my own - and we can
still talk for hours, arguing about what movies we saw and which were good or
your production slows, or shooting isn’t going right - I suggest that you stop
for a minute and remember the person or the event that inspired you to be a
If you can focus on that, you will realize that all filmmaking
problems (like any life problems) are merely transient and can probably be
solved. You will come out the other side. You WILL succeed. Just remember why
you do this.