When you start out as a filmmaker you don’t instantly have the opportunity to get paid for the films you make. What sacrifices must you make (if any) to pursue a life of creativity? Timothy and Alrik give you their answers on this weeks episode of MMIH!
Show Notes / Links
The Daily Struggle
- Shout out to
@CameronACaves for editing last weeks episode and Alrik and Timothy talk about the different styles of podcast editing.
- Alrik talks about editing the rage and the actors reel and how no matter how fun the work editing is it still sucks to be dragged away from a personal project.
- Timothy talks about Alrik and Timothy’s meet up with local filmmaker Dave Bundtzen, how it came about and the concept of the three filmmakers collaborating on a project.
- Alrik talks about thinking about switching the Genders of his two leads in The Alternate and what that would mean.
- This leads into a conversation about Gender/Race in film and how Timothy and Alrik both think about their responsibility as independent filmmakers.
- Timothy briefly mentions the first spot to the Cheetos campaign he directed and that it will go live on Tuesday 02/16: https://twitter.com/ChesterCheetah/status/699279533740941314
Topic of the Week – What is the Price of Pursuing a Career in Narrative Film?
How do you balance a life in film? What are the things that you need in life and how to get those while making movies? What really comes down to being the most important?
- How does choosing a life of filmmaking effect your personal life?
- Alrik outlines question and talks about what he thinks of the question.
- Timothy talks about his understanding of the question and his basic reaction.
- Alrik talks about the big power ball drawing from a few weeks ago and talks about what he would do if he had won.
- Timothy answers the question ‘how much would your life change if you won power ball?’
- Alrik talks about what he’s sacrificed to be a filmmaker
- Timothy talks about how it’s not a choice he made but just what’s ended up happening.
- Alrik talks about how he will adjust his rate of filmmaking depending on what happens in life.
- Timothy and Alrik talk about the expectations of being a filmmaker.
- Timothy talks about not going ‘all in’ on one idea but rather making small bets to build up a portfolio.
- Whats more valuable, a filmmaker with five features made or one feature made?
- Alrik counters Timothy by saying if you don’t take risks your movies might never be as good as they could be.
- What small bets have we made so far? All our short films.
- Final Thoughts
- Can you have it all, a life of pursuing your art and all the things that a normal 9/5 job provides?
- Alrik says yes, but there will always have to be compromises on one side or the other.
- Timothy says its hard to know what you want in life until you have it but the one thing you’ll have to give up will be time.
- If it’s a hard decision to make these sacrifices, then what you are going after is probably not for you.
Things to Share
- Timothy’s first Cheetos commercial is live! He worked with famed character animation shop Tippett Studio.
He’s small. He’s chocolate. He’s got something to say.https://t.co/yzWtIgXRd4
— Chester Cheetah (@ChesterCheetah) February 15, 2016
- The Witness video game, Alrik can’t stop playing it with his wife. Check out this review!
Thanks for listening
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