Jay Duplass on the Indie Spirit
#FINDForum: On Filmmaking with Jay Duplass
Writer/director Jay Duplass (Jeff, Who Lives at Home) chatted with Film Independent during the #FINDForum about his experience starting out and moving up in the indie film world, and the importance of maintaining an independent spirit—whether you’re making movies at home for $50 bucks or whether you’re making them for a studio.
“I’m not interested in being in the film industry, per se, I’m interested in making movies… that independent spirited mentality is what’s important in the end.”
On the Struggles of Starting Out:
Most of our struggle really came before the studio stuff—it mainly came from trying to make something that was a decent movie; I find that that’s really the hardest part of the whole process. Once we started making some decent short films, they sort of paved the way to smaller feature films. Festivals liked them and then agents started calling, and really things have snowballed and doors have opened for us. But I think a big part of that is that we haven’t really bitten off more than we can chew—we started very small, and sort of increased our challenges incrementally.
On the Filmmaking Process:
Don’t think about it too much—it’s probably going to be bad. Just make it and show it in front of people who don’t know and love you so that you can learn and complete the feedback loop of making a film and sharing it with an audience, and then really seeing what you’ve done and getting out of your head about what you think your filmmaking should be and what you want to do. Ultimately I think, to discover who you are and what you have to offer the world that is unique, it’s something that you can’t formulate in your mind, it’s something that you have to create; it has to unfold through you.
On Maintaining an Independent Spirit:
I could never function in a fully hired bureaucracy involved-like work environment. I don’t really—I’m not interested in being in the film industry, per se, I’m interested in making movies, and that mentality I think, whether you’re making movies at home for $50 bucks or whether you’re making them for a studio, that independent spirited mentality is what’s important ultimately in the end.
January 10th, 2013 • No Comments