MADE Legends Edition - Page 33

MADE FEATURES can’t be successful. What do you have access to? What can you get your hands on? Use that. Use that to hone your storytelling skills. Maybe you can’t do a full feature, maybe you can’t do a 30-minute short. Maybe you can only do a 5 - 10 minute piece that you can put out onto the web and someone says “That’s talent, how much did you spend on that?” (In response) “I spent $60.” “Well you know what, I’ll give you $600 to see what you’ll do...or $6,000... or $60,000.” Ultimately, you might get to $6 million or $60 million. But you gotta work your way up. Sitting back and talking about what you don’t have and dwelling on what you don’t have will ensure only thing - that you will stay right where you are. MADE: What are lessons that you’ve learned from your mentor and lessons that you’ve taught your mentees? WP: One of things is what Warrington (Hudlin) said after I first met him and told him I wanted to be a filmmaker. I’d done a small movie at FAMU called Chocolate City and I showed it to him and I had asked him if he would watch it. He said, “I might.” He told me, “Listen, the most important thing is that you have done something. You have a completed movie. Most people in this industry are talking about what they’re going to do, what they want to do, what they’re about to do. You have done it. You have something to show. Always be a doer, and not a talker.” Ultimately, he did watch it. He watched “Chocolate City” and he gave me his feedback on it. And he told me, “Now if you shot this, shoot another one. And then shoot another one. And then shoot another one.” I said, “Look, I didn’t make it or get in the door with the first one? I don’t have the money to shoot another one. I have poured my heart and soul into this one. Can we stay with this one for a minute?” And he told me, “That’s what it takes...You have to grind, and grind, and grind, and grind.” That’s what I encourage my young mentees, filmmakers, writers, actors to do - is to don’t stop. Don’t ever stop. The only thing that can stop you is you. MADE: What has been your biggest challenge and what did you do to overcome it? WP: The key is knowing your audience. It is being open to your audience, listening to your audience and real people. Hollywood sometimes can be a bubble that thinks very monolithically. Sometimes Hollywood’s execs, filmmakers and producers don’t take into account enough of the perspectives ѡ͕ѥ́ɕЁѡ)ݽɱݡeЁݽɬ!ݽ)$ѼѡЁѕȁݡиQЁ)х䁡Ѽɕєɍ)ɔ()5ȁȁ) ɥѵ̰ݡЁɔԁ݅ɐѼ)́݅݅ݥѠѕȁѡ͕ѡ)٥)]@%ӊé饹ɥ%ӊéɕ)ѥQӊéѡݥѠ) ɥѵ́́ѡЁݔ݅ЁѼɔѡ)܁ѡЁѡ́́ӊé)ѡɗéͽѡЁȁձѥ)Ʌѥ̀ѡӊéѕɅ䁝)ѡ́ݥѠѡɅ饕Ё䁅ɽչ)]ѠٕѡѡЁݗeɔѡɽ՝)ٕѡѡЁ́ɕѱ)ѡ́ɕͥѥѥݔѼ)՝]ͽѡѡЁ̰ͅq]eɔ)Ё她Ѽѽ͕ɥ̰ݔɕ䁩)݅ЁѼѕх܁ԁѼٔ)ѥtQӊéݡЁѡ́٥̸)5]Ё́ȁɅЁѼ()ɕѥٕ́Ё܁ѡ䁍)ȁͥՅѥݥѠѡȁЁȁљɵ)]@$ѡՔѼ͕ӊe)ѡѡЁݥٕɹи а)eЁɅѼЁхЁՕ)ѕ٥ٕͥ́ԃqѡ)ˊt䁍ɍɔeЁ)ɅѼٔͅ]ѕٕȁ)̰ͅݡѕٕȁԁ䁙$ѡ)ѡЁѕ٥ͥɔͼݕəհ)%ЁЁéѕѥ)ȁɥ́ѥݥѠѡ()饹((