There’s something about a feature debut that affects a directors career, sometimes that brilliant debut is what launches a director to getting any sort of project he wants to do. He’s given the keys to the city and it becomes his play ground. People like Tarantino and Soderberg experienced this when they arrived on the scene in the early 90’s. A brilliant feature debut, kinda says, look at what this guy achieved first time out, what else can he do? Let’s give him some money.
The thing about young film makers, the real hungry ones, that live and breath film, they are really eager to come out with something. Sometimes , it’s literally a painful experience for them, when they see some films come out, and they feel, i can do this, i could do better, or they just beat themselves up for not having made a feature to show the world what they can do. This tends to lead to making a film for the sake of making a film, just to have something in the festival circuit, just to have something to show, even if, it’s not what they really wanted to make, but a mix of desperation, anxiety and maybe a little insecurity leads to such a decision. While for the most part, it’s a desire to launch their career and have a calling card to show potential investors or clients,sometimes it doesn’t end in the result they so desperately desired.
Thinking about that scenario made the quote below all the more poignant
This is my own personal philosophy about first films. I think first-time filmmakers should make a film when they’re ready to make a film and when they have a film that they’re dying to make. I think the worst reason to make a film is just to go out and make one—or because you want to go to Sundance, or you want to be like Quentin Tarantino. The reason to make a film is because you have a story you want to tell, you have something you really, really want to say. – GREGG ARAKI
What do you guys think? What do you think of making a movie just for the sake of getting something out there ? Pls leave a comment. Cheers