Film Courage: How do you keep faith in yourself and in your craft during turbulent times?
Brad Rushing, Cinematographer: Boy is that a good question! Talk about dirty laundry. I have this terrific career coach. Her name is Erica Wernick and she’s really fabulous. You should interview her. She’s got a book coming out. I’ll send you her information. But she would probably punch me in the arm for saying this, but there was a time early in my career (early on in the 90’s) where I was so frustrated and so down and didn’t believe in myself and I just had this revelation You know what, I’ve set a goal. I don’t have to believe in myself…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Film Courage: Shane in your new book What You Don’t Learn In Film School was there a chapter or section that sparked controversy?
Shane Stanley, Filmmaker/Author/Instructor: Oh absolutely. I think the most controversial chapter in the book is the one that is the most important is to get out, dig…
Film Courage: Without naming names, can you tell us a story about how a studio took your script or one of your ideas?
Shane Stanley, Filmmaker/Author/Instructor: Which time? I’m a really big proponent of protecting your work. I will go on record to say don’t waste your time or your…
1) 0:45 — Write Something That Only You Can Write
2) 2:20 — The Primary Goal
3) 2:53 — A Mediocre Script
4) 6:01 — Not Enough Story
5) 6:23 — Burning Questions
6) 10:18 — No Curiosity
7) 10:53 — Not Hooking The Reader
8) 12:50 — People Can’t Read Your Script
9) 14:06 — Cliché Character…
Film Courage: We’ve imagined that you’ve received your share of screenplay pitches or you’ve heard about others pitching. What are some of the wrong ways to pitch? What are some of the wrong ways to reach out to someone?
Andrew Warren, Author: I’m not super happy where I am right now. I need to start working on some changes and one of the things I could do is write a book. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Why can’t I just do it?
I need to start working…
Writer/Instructor and Script Consultant Shannan E. Johnson (The Professional Pen): And if you want to be a professional writer then I think it’s a great balance to look at anything you write as a possible sample versus I have to sell it.
…Look at anything you write as a possible…
Mickey Finnegan, Writer/Director: If you’re on this general, there’s a reason you’re going there. Maybe someone set you up on that or maybe you reached out to this person in some kind of way.
Film Courage: What are general meetings and what is their purpose?
Jeremy Foley, Filmmaker/Actor/Screenwriter: After we had made the short film people kept on watching it and saying this should actually be a television series.
Film Courage: It’s been what 11 years or so since you started on this filmmaking journey? Can you talk about the most amount of effort that…