How do you become a filmmaker? – Uncsa Film School

I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my parents, who were film professionals. My dad made a ton of films and my mom was an editor for the New York Times. When it came time for me to start my career I was looking to do work that was creative and that could reflect what I was into.

Your goal?

I never expected to become a filmmaker. I didn’t know that it was something that I was going to be able to pursue. I didn’t know that if I was going to have a career there would be a way that I was going to be able to do it. I did some internships at the Times for two years, and I think I started out at a studio in New York. But once I got into film school, I discovered that it was actually what I wanted, and when I graduated I was just in the moment. I had just gotten married and was making this big film about my dad. Then I went on to pursue my acting career.

What made it happen?

I did not want to wait until I was a dad to get this down. When I was younger, I’d say at about 17, 18, my favorite movies weren’t movies that took place in the movie theaters. They were Hollywood comedies, and I wasn’t much of an actor. It was an absolute pleasure to go through those years with my dad. But when you get in the middle of getting a degree, you want to take advantage of any internship that you can as quickly as possible. So it just kind of happened.

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Are people shocked to learn that you didn’t graduate?

Yes and no. I think that is a very common thing for people who are getting into the career. I think most people who enter the filmmaking field are very open to this and they just want to share it with their peers and it kind of just happens. People are just very open to it and they want to help you out. But of course, a person who is in an acting position is often not interested in a job like this. It’s a lot harder and there are a lot more barriers.

When did you go from film school to directing?

I was working on an animation project during college, and the project was an adaptation of a story by John Steinbeck. There were three of us working, but it had been about a year since I had graduated from film school. So I knew that there was a lot more work to do

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