The Master Class with the students went well yesterday.
I impressed on them those personal qualities that one needs to successfully inhabit the film industry:
- Reliability – do what you say you’re going to do.
- Punctuality – be early, don’t be on time.
- Discretion – don’t gossip or speak badly of others.
- Communication – don’t hide behind emails or text messages. Pick up the phone. Better still, go meet the person.
- Fitness – you need to be fit and healthy. You need to have stamina when others around you are falling from exhaustion.
- Rigor – you need to be rigorous in all things.
- Money – get comfortable with money. Filmmaking is an expensive exercise. Learn how money works, and don’t be shy about money
- Become entrepreneurial.
- See yourself as a brand
- Always do your homework
- Be curious
- Be respectful
- Understand that everything begins and ends with story.
- Get out and live in the real world.
- Don’t follow rules
- know that there has never been a more exciting time to be a filmmaker
Today, my day started at 6am going through what landed overnight on the blog, and responding to comments.
I then had three double espressos before a 7am conference call to Los Angeles – with two possible investors for the PGS film. They said it would be a film that could have a huge beneficial impact on the world. I liked them immediately.
I told them that the right investors would come to the film at the right time with the right amount of money, and when that happened, it would be perfect. It was a film where everyone had to play by the rules, and the rules are you have to listen to your PGS. That includes the investors.
I then had a breakfast meeting with an Executive Producer who wants me to write and produce a musical – a film then a stage version based on a terrific story about an iconic mid 60’s rock band. It’s something I will do.
I had another double espresso with breakfast. So far that’s four doubles for the day, and it wasn’t even 10am.
Jennifer and I then has a working lunch with an extraordinary man – a former green beret commando who set up a non profit NGO to battle the under-age sex trade in South East Asia. This is the film that I am currently writing a treatment for.
This man, let’s call him John, has recently been ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk, and is working as an anthropologist deciding on aboriginal land rights claims. As I say, an extraordinary man. His wife accompanied him to the lunch and she too was quite remarkable – a beautiful Japanese woman who writes a very popular blog about anorexia amongst Asian women.
What an amazing couple!
Jennifer and I then drove to Brisbane’s Southbank to wait for our next meeting. I had a cappuccino while I talked to my travel agent about the tour.
We then met two people who have been following the blog for quite some time – Donna and Greg. Truly wonderful people – and we had a great afternoon together at a funky Turkish restaurant. We laughed a lot.
I had two strong Turkish coffees.
Donna said she was going to walk the Camino in 2022 but I told her that wasn’t going to happen – she’d been bitten by the Camino mosquito, she now had a virus in her bloodstream and soon she would break out into an uncontrollable fever and she would discover that the only way to get better fast would be to walk the Camino earlier – I estimated that she will become a Compostela pilgrim within five years.
I was a bit hyper with Donna and Greg, probably because the Turkish coffees were very strong – and my caffeine level by that stage was well over my Plimsoll line.
Donna asked how was I able to fit so much into a day, and when she saw me ordering the second Turkish coffee, she knew.
Greg left our meeting considering the April tour – apart from his pilgrimage hankerings, he also responded strongly to my stories of delicious Portuguese chicken for €6.
It was fantastic for me to meet these two wonderful people whose names I had seen so many times on the blog. It impressed on me what a powerful tool a blog can be, and what an inordinate responsibility comes with it.
Jennifer and I walked back to the car and I looked around for another coffee shop to get a take-away for the trip to my sister’s house, where we’d be staying the night.
Couldn’t find one. Damn…