The deeper we delve into production, the more reflective I’ve become about the journey I’ve taken in my life that’s brought me to the point where I’m directing a film of this scale. To say that I couldn’t have done it without the help of friends and family who loved me and believed in me is an understatement.
I remember at the age of 12, writing my first screenplay. I didn’t know what I was doing. I just knew that these words on the page I was going to shoot with a camera, and somehow, cut it together into a movie like Steven Spielberg does.
Well, that script was never shot, but not for lack of trying. It’s not easy for a 12 year old to make any movie much less a VFX-laden tent pole epic called “Reverse Gravity,” the story of how a regular guy sets out to stop a mad scientist from building a weapon that would destroy the earth’s gravitational pull. Yes, my first movie was ambitious to say the least, a trend that I’ve followed with every project I’ve undertaken to this day.
It’s been over 2 decades since my first attempt at filmmaking, and there is still an immeasurable amount to learn. That said, taking stock in all the lessons learned up to this point, I believe, is a valuable exercise.
While I cannot tell anyone how to “break into the business” (because no two ways of doing it are alike), I can say this: be passionate about what you’re doing and be grateful for every ounce of help you receive along the way.
Attitude is everything. It’s infectious. A winsome, humble character and passionate ambition inspires and excites those around you. People want to help others who are enthusiastic about their pursuits—often times regardless of talent. And starting out as a young filmmaker, you have to call in a LOT of favors. Humility, gratitude, and kindness are often the only ways you’ll have of repaying people, but it will pay dividends down the road in your life and career.