We continue with our advice excerpts from Tell Me Something with the wonderful Shola Lynch (Chisholm ’72—Unbought & Unbossed, Free Angela & All Political Prisoners.) She has important words about fostering a filmmaking career over time. It's not about making one film, its about making many films.
There is no formula for filmmaking success. This is a tough business to be in. You have to have vision and creativity in addition to being entrepreneurial. But really these … [Read More...]
As part of our on going posts of excerpted advice from Tell Me Something, here is the very prolific Lucy Walker (Devil’s Playground, Waste Land, Countdown to Zero, The Crash Reel)
This piece of advice has been my lifeline, my mantra, my toehold on sanity and encouragement, the bandage for when I am kicking myself so hard I can't stand up.
It was told to me by Barbara Kopple, the legendary two-time Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker. One of my greatest strokes of luck in life was … [Read More...]
Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing some of the filmmakers' advice from Tell Me Something, along with portraits from the book. First up, legendary doc maker Al Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, Running Fence, The Beales of Grey Gardens, The Gates).
A documentary filmmaker needs to be patient and believe in the process of discovery. Orson Wells described the observational methods of things to happen on their own as divine accidents. We have so much freedom in … [Read More...]