The Academy Asks its Members for Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers

June 10, 2015
Source: The Academy

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"Dig deep inside yourself and face all of your inner demons, and make friends with them." Need some advice? Need some inspiration, or encouragement? The latest video from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is a questions session what advice various artists would have for other aspiring filmmakers. It's not just filmmakers providing advice, it's other actors, screenwriters, DPs, composers, such as - Hans Zimmer, John Ridley, Daniel Bruhl, Peter Morgan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Geoffrey Rush, David Oyelowo, Lee Daniels, Forest Whitaker, Sean Bobbitt and many others. It's a healthy dose of artistic optimism to keep you ambitious. Plus a reminder to never give up, to keep fighting even if it seems impossible, and give it your all.

From The Academy's YouTube: Filmmakers share their advice for aspiring filmmakers. In each episode of The Academy's "Questions", a different group of filmmakers answer a single question asked by the Academy - this time, what advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers? The video comprises the answers of a great range of talented members of The Academy, from actors like Paul Dano and Melissa Leo, to composers, and directors. I only wish they asked more people and made it longer, because this ain't enough. In the end, some of the best and simplest advice I think comes from cinematographer Sean Bobbitt: "Just go out and shoot – just shoot. Everything. Anything. As much as you can. As often as you can." More Academy videos.

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Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


I think if I was an artist this might speak to me, but as just a normal viewer(taker), this just seems like a lot of motivational nonsense, babel.

DAVIDPD on Jun 10, 2015


Shia Labeouf's one was a bit better.

Carpola on Jun 10, 2015

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