Are you trying to build a career by making the kinds of films that are known to be successful? Or are you trying to push the envelope and create films that break the mold?
There's many ways to be a filmmaker. You can take a look around at what sells - whether it's the kinds of genres that sell; trying to attach actors who have a following; or even just using storytelling and filmmaking forms that are tried and true. On the other hand maybe you're the kind of filmmaker who tries to bend their films and forms of storytelling to respond to changes in society, culture and technology.
Today's vlog post was inspired by a debate that was opened up in Canada by a long-time leading light at the Toronto International Film Festival, Cameron Bailey. Bailey wrote an editorial in Canada's "national newspaper", the Globe & Mail that urged filmmakers to engage with bigger issues. Shortly afterwards there was an interesting and critical response by a Canadian filmmaker named Kevan Funk, who made a critically acclaimed film entitled Hello Destroyer. Both are worth reading and are of value to microbudget filmmakers specifically and to indie filmmakers in general. (You can read the articles at the embedded links). According to Funk, there is an "incentivized path to mediocrity" in the Canadian film system. I think that assessment applies internationally.
Tell me, what kind of filmmaker are you?
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