Director Joshua Caldwell got tired of waiting for permission to make his first feature film and decided instead to gather what resources he could — including his past experiences as a filmmaker — and then he and his team just went for it.
When I first “met” Josh on Twitter, we were already on a similar path with The Videoblogs, however I was impressed right away by the quality (and sheer existence) of his $6,000 feature film, Layover, which was shot a few years ago but would soon lay the groundwork for the next stage of his career.
As we talk about in this episode, it’s no small task to complete a feature film at all, never mind doing it successfully on a barebones budget.
But taking a big career step takes more than just the desire and the means. It especially takes more when those means are limited. In this episode, we also touch upon:
- How and why directing can be an all-encompassing art
- Why Josh turns more often to books, than movies and TV, for inspiration
- Navigating Hollywood when there is no real, specific path to success
- The importance of moving on to the next thing
- What filmmaking is about more than anything else — “actors performing in front of the camera”
- How writing down your vision can help you move forward over time
This talk should be of great help to aspiring or early-career filmmakers, or really anyone who’s ready (or wants to be ready) to take on his/her first big project. Feel free to ask follow-up questions in the comments or on Twitter (Josh, me).