What advice do successful directors have for novice filmmakers?

– Xochielt Sanchez

Answer by David Dobkin:

I would say pick up a camera  – any old camera (a video camera, your phone, whatever it is), and start shooting movies. Write them, cast them, shoot them, get an editing program on your computer, cut them, play with or without music, and start to learn the craft. Do it all yourself.
 
Today, You have the opportunity to do something that was unable to be done back when I was a kid. It was a lot harder to shoot, and now it’s easy for you to start working and learning how to be a director. I think the best generation of directors is going to be the next generation. People will have the chance to gain so much more experience playing with the form. So many hundreds of hours more of studying and working through things, seeing them fail, and being able to adjust until you get the success. So my advice is – go out and do it. Don't ask for permission.

What advice do successful directors have for novice filmmakers?

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