Film is a Business

In film financing no one gives you money to lose it, or finance some imagined lifestyle you’ve convinced yourself you’re entitled to.

Money equals trust.

Earn money and you earn more trust, even the trust of strangers.

Lose money and you lose trust, even the trust of strangers.

If you don’t know the business of film making—indeed, any industry—you won’t be in it long.

Take your time and figure it out.   Use the Internet, just ignore about 70% of what you learn on it.  Get a lawyer, build the best team you can and square your accounts.

No matter how long it takes, pay what you owe. Write nothing off. I don’t care if it takes years:  pay your debts.

Finally, get a camera and start using it.  Figure your style out—what works and what doesn’t.

Practice all day, every day.

The proof of desire is pursuit.

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~ by David Jetre on January 30, 2010.

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