“In Texas, we have something we call “the Cortez moment,” which refers to when the great Spanish explorer and conquistador of Mexico came and set up camp and then burned his boats. The phrase “burn the boats” means there’s nothing but forward, onward, no turning back or running home scared. When you move here, if you’re any good at all, you burn the boats.”
Mark Duplass gave five abbreviated tips to filmmakers on Twitter and it’s actually incredible advice.
1) Minor in film, and major in either madarin or spanish (u can always find well-paid temp work translating while u learn to make films)
2) Make a ton of shorts, under 10 minutes, cheaply. If u r like me, your first ones will suck. Then, one of them won’t. That’s your voice
3) Take that short to every film festival you can. Have a feature film written that can be made cheaply (under $10K) & represents your voice
4) Find someone to give you $10K. Spend two years ONLY on that feature. Test it on people. Be honest w/yourself. Don’t stop til it’s great.
5) Be nice. To everyone. Always. All my nice friends keep working. The assholes get weeded out. Good luck!