Note: Behind the scenes video at the end of this post.
There is something about stepping into a new job that is equal parts terrifying and exhilarating. At the tender age of twenty-five I had the opportunity to direct my first feature film and responded by googling every insecure question I had about the movie business. Then I panicked.
I think anyone can relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed by uncertainty. You’ve finally made the jump toward your dream and now you’re looking around realizing you may have to fake it for a while. I decided to list out some advice that I clumsily learned along the bumpy road toward Hollywood filmmaking. This advice is not exclusive to filmmakers, it’s just the corner of the world I’m coming from. I hope you enjoy it.
Small Decisions, Big Consequences
On a movie set, the director is expected to make hundreds of decisions at a moment’s notice.
- “What should he wear?”
- “How do you want her hair?”
- “Which direction is he walking in from?”
- “How do we shut off these sprinklers!?!”