As a new filmmaker, I'm always eager to learn, and learn from the best. One of the perks of living in LA is that I'm surrounded by some of the best on a consistent basis. Our neighborhood theatre brings out the best screenwriters, producers and directors on a regular basis to share their words of wisdom with us while also screening their films. We have endless numbers of film festivals and events year round which provide ample opportunities to network and learn. I just returned from the San Diego Film Festival and learned so much from the panel discussions rather than the films themselves. The important thing to remember when just starting out is to act as a sponge for information. There's so much to learn, and so many different resources. Take it all in, and then decide what works best for YOU!
AFI Fest is coming up next month and last year I had the opportunity to attend a panel with the fabulous Patty Jenkins of Wonder Woman fame. It was great to hear about her journey and listen to her advice for those just entering the industry as emerging filmmakers. Here's just a clip from her discussion.
No matter where you live in the world, you are surrounded by great teachers. What is YOUR dream? Find those in your area who are currently doing what you wish to do. Attend events. Network and discover where these great teachers will appear and learn from them. It can be at an event, or a festival, or even your local theatre. Just get out there and learn. You'd be surprised how much you can gain by taking this step. Also, don't forget to thank them personally if you can. Paying it forward to those just starting out is a great feeling.