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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 9WAR STORIES & ADVICE FROM THE TRENCHES

“A film is a boat which is always on the point of sinking—it always tends to break up as you go along and drag you under with it.”

—FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT

Independent filmmaking can be stressful. Typically, you are the one doing everything and trying to make everyone happy. When I make a film, I plan everything very meticulously, but I know from experience that what I’m planning will usually not work. However, this doesn’t mean I shouldn’t plan. I still must do the work and come to the set with a direction. Independent filmmaking is not a mechanical process you can map out on paper; there are too many variables. If one thing doesn’t go as planned, other plans tumble like a house of cards. The key is ...

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