Hi Film Folk,
Choose filmmaking. Choose a story. Choose a camera. Choose a computer. Choose some actors. Choose tripods, rigs, jigs and gizmos. Choose lighting, makeup and costume design. Choose visual and special effects. Choose endless script rewrites. Choose effective pre-production. Choose your crew. Choose location scouting and set design. Choose having the balls to go out and try something. Choose standing in the freezing rain, take after take, in an endless pursuit of the perfect footage. Choose making it happen, even though you don’t know it all. Yet. Choose looking for answers. Choose learning. Choose deciding to be a better filmmaker. Choose results. Choose filmmaking. Choose “Hollywood Hates This Book”…
OK, so I may have over-enjoyed Trainspotting 2 this week and gone a bit Begbie on you all…
I’m not a big fan of remakes, re-imaginings and unnecessary sequels, but you know what? Trainspotting 2 is a very classy film indeed. It’s not perfect, but in my (humble) opinion, it’s as good as the original. From that era, I’m actually more of a Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels kind of a guy, but Trainspotting is a masterpiece. Go see it.
As for the “choose filmmaking”… It’s a bit of fun, but I do have massive respect for my filmmaking brothers and sisters. I may not love every film I see, I may not rate every movie produced (Batman vs Superman, I’m looking at you), but I have enormous respect for everyone out there making it happen. That might be A-list directors producing work I love (or don’t) or a kid picking up their first camera and making a video about their pets.
I can’t wait to release “Hollywood Hates This Book” for you all… whatever level you’re at, I know you’ll rate it. It’s designed to be a one-stop resource for anyone wishing to learn more about filmmaking, especially features. It is packed with information and lessons that apply on any budget. So, I’ve had emerging filmmakers give me incredible feedback, but so have industry legends such as these guys:
Carlos Gallardo – Actor / Producer
*El Mariachi* *Desperado* *Once upon a Time in Mexico* *Planet Terror*
“I hope you’ll enjoy reading this book, learn a lot and are inspired to go make your film – you can make it happen!”
John Ottman – Editor / Composer
*The Usual Suspects* *X-Men Apocalypse* *Superman Returns*
“Rules are for fools! I’m glad there’s a book stressing
the importance of following one’s creative instincts”
M. Scott Vogel – Director / Photographer / Writer / Producer
*Requiem for a Dream* *Pi* *Patti Smith: Dream of Life*
“Andy Wilton’s book is like having a mentor in your back pocket; if you are new to this game, don’t leave home without it.”
We’ve lots of other cool testimonials here.
We really are close to releasing this beast, and I wanted to thank everyone for their patience and their support, it means a lot to me.
I’m off to Dublin now on work (literally) but will be back at the weekend to further develop the book. Until I can give you the release date (not long now), keep choosing filmmaking.
Be sure to choose “Hollywood Hates This Book”.
Thanks for reading,
In addition to the above, we’re also currently recording interviews with top Hollywood experts for Production Posse masterclasses. If you have someone in mind that you think would be suitable, send me an email. 🙂