Let’s be honest: it’s not really. I love the idea of being a film maker, but it’s not really what I’m here to do.
There’s probably no greater compliment a filmmaker could receive than to receive a standing ovation from your peers.
I’ve met people, including my former wife, who are more like the audience here at this festival than like me, and it makes me feel pretty, warm and fuzzy about it.
There’s probably no greater compliment a film maker could receive than to receive a standing ovation from your peers.
There’s a lot of anxiety behind the camera so, even though I could’ve taken that easy path and done this for love, there are a lot of other creative and economic considerations to weigh in your mind.
The pressure is on. The film industry is getting bigger and better, but you never know how these films will turn out… and if they do, how did you get here? How did you get such a shot against the odds?
Some people will say “I’d have never got this shot if it was on Netflix” but the thing is, I’m fortunate to get opportunities to work on projects that would make it worth my time, but I can’t say I would have ever figured out how to get involved.
I used to think it would be in their nature to do it for free, but even now I get people who say ‘if this is the only money you have left to make, you should donate’.
When you first started out, did you worry that there would not be any money to be made?
I do worry that it hasn’t turned out that way but that’s not really a consideration as it seems.
I’m a little more worried that people may not get any exposure for making this film, but I’m not worried either way. I think if I want to keep making people laugh, make people want to laugh, then I just get to work.
There is always a chance – even if I’m not making the film, it’s worth it to me.
For more information on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as well as the festival, visit TheManFromU.N.C.L.E.
[UPDATE: This post has been updated with the new details about the screening.]
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