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Dispatches From the “Water Bottle Tour”

#FINDForum 2012: Career Advice From Young Indiewood

By Pamela Miller / Grants Coordinator

In which our intrepid Indiewood artists reveal their innermost thoughts on trotting your dog and pony around town until all your feet bleed…

WHERE PITCHING STOPS AND BEGGING BEGINS

“It reminded me of trying to convince my parents to do something, it felt like charming my dad into letting me go away for the weekend.” — Lorene Scafaria (writer/director, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World)

ON GETTING THE LAY OF THE LAND IN HOLLYWOOD

“It was a lot of trial and error at first – meeting a surprising number of nice people and a surprising number of not nice people.” — Lorene

ON ABANDONING THE PLAN

“I decided I was going to get to know every single producer, research every project he’d ever done, and my goal for every meeting was to get a second meeting. I couldn’t keep it up. It was just too emotionally exhausting.” — Jon M. Chu (director, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never)

ON POSTPONING THE HOLLYWOOD THING

“I made five films in Seattle without intersecting with Hollywood. I’d just grab my friends and keep making movies. I’d made three features before I even did the water-bottle tour.” — Lynn Shelton (writer/director, Your Sister’s Sister)

TENACIOUS OR NOT VERY BRIGHT? – YOU MAKE THE CALL

“Our only virtue was being stupid enough to keep making movies when everything was telling us to go home.” — Jay Duplass (writer/director, Jeff, Who Lives at Home)

NOBODY’S THAT THIRSTY

“The bottles just started piling up in the back of the car.” — Jon

WHAT, NO WATER BOTTLE?

“Does anyone remember when they switched to glasses one year? Blew my fucking mind!” — Jay

ON A WORLD WITHOUT RULES

“What I really learned is that the grown ups don’t know what’s going on either. The rules are, there are no rules. It was getting over the hump of thinking there’s this great golden place… Just do your own thing.” — Jon

ON THE ADVICE HE’LL NEVER STOP TAKING

“You are what you do every day. If you’re a writer, write every day. If you’re a director, direct every day.” — Jon

ON HOW TO ESCAPE BEING DAMNED FOR ETERNITY TO DEVELOPMENT HELL – PART 1

“I always have a movie in my back pocket. If I have 5 cents, that’s what I’m going to do.” — Lynn

AND IF YOU DO ONLY HAVE FIVE CENTS

“It’s like telling stories around the campfire. The more you can use things you have access to, the better. If you’re at a campfire, you have a stick, you have a leaf, it’s using whatever you have access to tell those stories.” — Jon

ON THE TIME THE LIGHT TURNED GREEN

“I got anoffer to make a straight-to-DVD dance movie starring this guy Channing Tatum and didn’t know if I should do it, and my mother yelled at me, “When did you get to be such a snob?! What does it matter? What is your problem?” I decided I’m gonna make the best darn straight-to-DVD dance movie ever made.” — Jon

BUT IF THERE WERE RULES…

“Everything on film is just the camera and the actor and the magic that happens between the two. Whether you have a giant crane or just you and an actor alone in a room, the camera and the actor… that’s the only thing that matters.” — Jon

ON HOW TO ESCAPE BEING DAMNED FOR ETERNITY TO DEVELOPMENT HELL – PART 2

“My trick is to get it into actors’ hands as quickly as possible.” — Lorene

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, HE COULD ALWAYS WRITE BUMPER STICKERS

“Make movies, not meetings.” — Jay

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