Why You Need To Be Fearless In Filmmaking

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When it comes to filmmaking, you have to be fearless.  When it comes to animation, you have to be ruthless.

You have to be fearless in your decision to keep the controversial shots, the language, the sound, the message.  When you animate, you have to do things that make you uncomfortable, that stir the emotion, that prods your senses and makes you question your perspective on a subject.

If you’re not doing these things, then what are you doing?

Art is a statement and how you say it matters.

It is a message to the world on your ideals, your hopes, fears, aspirations and ambitions.  It is a commentary on your worldview and how you see it.  Being timid and safe is like whispering at a rock concert.  No one will hear you.

You’re having a conversation with your audience.  Do you both just want to sit in front of each other nodding heads or do you want to talk about the things that matter?

Many people equate my directing approach to a punch in the face.  That it’s too strong and often over the top.  Good.  I’m making you feel something.  I’m getting you involved, taking you on an emotional rollercoaster.  Hold on tight and enjoy the ride!  

It doesn’t matter if its the most preschool of shows or the most adult oriented content; you’re job as a filmmaker is to make an impact and get people talking.  

Everyone else goes for easy, goes for safe, goes for timid.  All that gets us is more mediocrity.  I think we’ve had enough of that.

Go out there and be fearless.  Be ruthless.  Make your statement.


Written by @EstebanVDEZ

"Go out there and be fearless.  Be ruthless.  Make your statement."

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