Stephen Spielberg. The man who changed the landscape of mainstream film-making. Now before you judge my choice of words, let me remind you, mainstream movies aren’t bad and there’s a difference between them and popcorn flicks. One look at Spielberg’s filmography and you can understand how his “conventional” approach has evolved not only the technicalities in the industry but also set a standard for similar directors like Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson and Ridley Scott. It’s difficult to make a film that connects to billions, because people do not share same perspectives and in your pursuit to be universally acceptable you may sometimes sacrifice your own ideas, which is disheartening and contradicts the purpose of art. Many, including myself, argue over his simple but extravagantly presented films, but thinking about it, I couldn’t help but agree that this is the same case with fantasies, and creating them is Spielberg’s sole driving force.
As a young filmmaker, you shouldn’t bother if your film is either art-house or mainstream. The important thing is you have successfully devised something that lets you visually communicate with others, and originality is what you must strive for, not classification of genres. Considering how Spielberg has been a role model for the youth, 6 Useful Tips From Steven Spielberg For Aspiring Filmmakers.
6. You Shouldn’t Dream Your Film, You Should Make It!
“The public has an appetite for anything about imagination – anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.” – Spielberg
As a writer you’re advised to not wander a lot and return to Kansas to write what’s in your head. As an aspiring filmmaker, you gotta do the same. Most of us spend more than half our productivity period on dreaming about films and playing them on an infinite loop. Whereas, that period should be dedicated for draining you camera’s battery life. According to Spielberg, if you have a camera, then start shooting. You have a vision, then start sharing. One of my favorite films as a kid was ‘Jurassic Park’, and Spielberg admitted he made it because he dreamed of watching something like this as a kid. Though this might have been only successful with a massive budget, the fact that he used it to convert a dream into a reality, is a testament to the honesty present in Spielberg’s films.