This Infographic Proves It's Never Too Late to Start Making Movies

April 9, 2015
Source: Mentorless

It's Never Too Late to Start Making Movies

You're never too old, it's never too late, to change your life, to start something new. How about becoming a feature film director? Or a screenwriter? Throughout the years we've always tried to provide some extra inspiration for our filmmaker/storyteller readers and this fine infographic is the perfect bit of inspiration to share. Nathalie at the site Mentorless has created an infographic titled It's Never Too Late To Make Your First Feature Film that takes a look at 26 filmmakers "with an international career that made their first feature film in their 30s or 40s, proving that it's never too late to start making films." Indeed. She breaks down each into 4 categories, including their age when they directed an "international breakthrough".

Here's the infographic with details included - click to Mentorless to view in full and read the story behind it:

It's Never Too Late To Make Your First Feature Film

Don't get confused - the number on the far right in each box is the number of films each has made (so far).

I love the selection of filmmakers she chose for this. Iñárritu, who just got the Oscar! And even Kurosawa. "One of the thing I was pleased to discover was the diversity of profiles that came out, making for an interesting selection," she writes on Mentorless. There are many details which can be argued over, including which film is their "breakthrough" and which is their breakthrough in terms of their actual career, and so on. "Of course, several filmmakers below were often circling around filmmaking, working in fields related to entertainment at large before making their first feature film." Still, it's interesting to see side-by-side like this and should be a good reminder that anyone can be a great filmmaker or talented storyteller, no matter their age, where they're from, or what they did before. Now go find a camera and get to it. Tell your story.

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Funny how many of "best" directors just don't make very many films. Probably why they are considered the "best".

DAVIDPD on Apr 9, 2015


Remember that these are just some of the great directors that started a career late in life. I think this fact might be an indicator to what kind of an artist (and/or person) they are and maybe why they've made fewer films. Take someone like Rainer Werner Fassbinder as a counterexample, who had a career of less than 15 years and made 40 feature films. Or Ingmar Bergman who started at 26 and did over 60 movies.

Terry Craig on Apr 9, 2015


No doubt.

DAVIDPD on Apr 9, 2015


Ah man. This got me pumped! I'm not old, but I deff have a long way to go before I can even touch the talent these filmmakers have. Until then all i can do is write, film, edit, repeat!

Franklin Carpio on Apr 10, 2015

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