Actually, for some time now I have given some thought to opening a film school. But if I did start one up you would only be allowed to fill out an application form after you have walked alone on foot, let’s say from Madrid to Kiev, a distance of about five thousand kilometers. While walking, write. Write about your experiences and give me your notebooks. I would be able to tell who had really walked the distance and who had not. While you are walking you would learn much more about filmmaking and what it truly involves than you ever would sitting in a classroom. During your voyage you will learn more about what your future holds than in five years at film school. Your experiences would be the very opposite of academic knowledge, for academia is the death of cinema. It is the very opposite of passion.
sure walking 5000 kilometers give you a fresh perspective on the world, and even hardship for the sake of hardship does have its merit. but what is equally hard and more antithetical to a passionate pursuit of yourself is to subsist in the everyday while trying to create.
to every person i know who is in a band, or trying to be a writer, or making ceramic pots that look like animals, or trying to squeeze something new into the world, keep it the fuck up.
we’ve all previously fallen into the trap of thinking that creative pursuits are nothing if not lived in the life of an “artist”. we’ve heard about the under appreciated maestro and post humous fame, we’ve heard about these great modern day quests as if we truly are pursuing something. the sedentary life, in whatever sense, physical, emotional, ‘spiritual’ will crush every ounce of creativity from you if you let it. i know from personal experience the dread of a ‘river run dry’.
so walk, or don’t. but know that sometimes the journey isn’t more important than the destination, or whatever bullshit we’re still using to excuse our lack of greatness. if we don’t get there, we don’t get there. but sometimes hardship for hardship sake does have its merits. and some times i doesn’t show as blisters on your feet.