Making a film is no mean feat, and sometimes, you just need to hear a few words of wisdom.
We asked some past Tropfest Finalists to share the best filmmaking advice they've ever received.
Their answers are here:
Director: Silencer (2006) Finalist
When you are starting out you look up to all the talented people around you and it’s easy to procrastinate about taking the plunge to become a director. A good friend of mine Darren Ashton (also a Tropfest Director) just said you know enough mate now go and do it. So it’s just taking that initial leap of faith and facing your fears and spending your own money to make your first film. The best idea wins. In that you may have some good ideas but be open to other ideas that may come from the actor or the runner.
Director: Lemonade Stand (2012) Winner
Ahead of directing a TV series over here in the States, I asked my first AD what was the best bit of advice he could give me. He said "Listen to everyone but know when you're right."
Joss Whedon told him that.
Director: The Pledge for Mr Bunny (2013) Finalist
Everyone has 10 bad films in them. The sooner you get them out, the better. So stop procrastinating and start now.
Director: Revive (2013) Finalist & People’s Choice Award
Keep trying to create your own work. Listen to everyone’s opinions or suggestions but at the end of the day, you know the story you want to tell so don’t be afraid to keep telling it your way.
This was told to me by a highly experienced focus puller, who had opportunities to direct and DP when he was younger but had never taken them.
Producer: Scab (2008) Finalist
Always be grateful to everyone that is involved in the project. The final product is not what you made, it was made by every crew member.
Director: The Squirrel King (2013) Finalist
Failure is the fuel that drives me. I learn the most from my mistakes.
Producer: Wilfred (2002) Finalist
I can’t remember who said it, but it goes like this: “What’s the most important thing about film? Story. What’s the most important thing about story? Story.”
Producer: Jailbirds (2011) Shortlist
As a filmmaker you learn by mistakes - sometimes you have to make bad things to learn how to make good things.
Producer: Inside (2013) Finalist
Instant coffee doesn’t cut it. Always place extra shot bags on a KD!