Is filmmaking a good career? – Explore Filmmaking: From Script To Screen

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No. The biggest problem facing us right now is that there isn’t a lot of money being produced. So I’m worried that the future of filmmaking – and perhaps of filmmaking as a career in a long-term sense – will be compromised by film festivals that don’t give a shit about what movies make.

Is the Academy the way to bring more money into the business?

Yes, but if you look at the money involved… there are so many people that are looking for grants to produce films. And so this year the number of grant applications was 10 times that of 2013. And by the end of this year, there will be 25 grants applications in New York alone – for everything from independent films to feature films that are being produced by Hollywood. I’m not trying to put a limit to the amount of money there can be given. I want to get the people who want to make films to want to make them, and to tell those stories.

Do you have any message for young filmmakers?

One of the reasons why independent movie production has been so successful is because the majority of it is done from home. When you start to get funded and the audience wants to see your film, you need to make sure you’re not taking things too seriously or just doing this for the sake of doing it, or making a million in two months just to get the money.

The bottom line is you need to be willing to invest your time, and take risks. It’s almost like you need to spend more time making movies than you do making money. This time investment comes at a cost. If you’re not willing to put in that time, there’s no point in making a movie at all, unless it’s in your garage, or in another city. I’ll take my risk, and maybe in the future, I’ll be able to bring the risk to the table and make a movie that works, in the same way that I can bring my time to making movies. One of the things I’ve done is to quit my day job, to do a full-time indie film making process, because it’s not only going to work – it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m really happy to be making it.

Thanks, Jordon for your time.


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