James Kicklighter shares his experience of being a young director working with professional actress Edith Ivey for the first time, why money has nothing to do with making a real movie, and tell-tale signs that someone is not cut out to be a filmmaker. He also tells us how making short films can help a filmmaker get a feature film made but that a $50,000 short film is a mistake for most filmmakers. He reveals the hardest filmmaking lesson that he has learned, the first five things he does as a director on a film set, and the stresses he faces making a living as a filmmaker.

00:00 – Filmmakers Can Make Excuses About What They Don’t Have Or They Can Make A Movie
06:18 – Every Screenplay Is About Life And Death
07:06 – Money Has Nothing To Do With Making A ‘Real’ Movie
10:24 – When A Young Director Works With A Professional Actor For The First Time
13:10 – Advice To Filmmakers Who Are Having Trouble Getting Their First Movie Made
17:10 – Why A Filmmaker Shouldn’t Try To Sell Their First Movie
21:07 – How To Know If Someone Isn’t Cut Out To Be A Filmmaker
28:23 – How A Short Film Can Help A Filmmaker Get A Feature Made
30:01 – Two Questions A Filmmaker Should Ask Themselves Before Saying Yes To A Project
33:18 – Forget The 5 Minute Pitch, How About 18 Hours
34:55 – Comparing Bollywood To American Filmmaking
39:35 – For The Majority Of Filmmakers, A $50,000 Short Film Is A Mistake
44:40 – Advice To Film School Graduates On Making A Living As A Filmmaker
49:09 – Hardest Filmmaking Lesson That I’ve Learned
50:51 – Should A Filmmaker Ever Fire A Friend Off A Movie?
52:03 – First 5 Things A Director Does On A Film Set
54:58 – Biggest Time Waster On A Movie Set
56:30 – There Is No Wall Around Hollywood
1:01:34 – Should A Movie End With A Period Or Question Mark?
1:03:37 – 3 Things Every Filmmaker Must Watch Or Read
1:09:40 – The Stress Of Making A LIving As A Filmmaker
1:15:01 – A Filmmaker Doesn’t Have All The Time In The World
1:18:35 – Making A Movie About A Friend With Cancer
1:24:06 – Are Independent Filmmakers Getting Better As Business People?
1:26:30 – Best Ways For A Filmmaker To Sell Themselves To Film Financiers
1:30:11 – How A Director Can Improve A Script Before Production

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