What A Film Should Be Like: According to Francis Ford Coppola

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Today I decided that I’m gonna create a series of post dedicated to What a film should be like. I love what I did in my last post about Stanley Kubrick so much that I wanna continue it and turn it into a series, choosing quotes from famous directors and explaining how that quote relates to what I’m doing for my film. This week I found a great quote from director Francis Ford Coppola:

” You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.”

One of the things I’m learning about in creating my film is trusting my own instincts and ideas. While I’ve gotten advice from a lot of people who have more experience in making documentary films than I have, I feel that since this is my first film I have to have more faith in my instincts and in my ideas. That’s the problem I’ve had not just as a filmmaker but as a person.

I sometimes don’t trust my instincts the way I should and most times I feel that most of my ideas are garbage but the work that I’ve done during my years at DePaul and coming up with the idea to create a film based on my experience of being in a wheelchair, I should trust my decisions making a lot more. There have been some instances during the shooting of my film where I’ve missed out on footage that I thought would be memorable for film because I didn’t think it would work for my film and that’s one of my early regrets.

For this film I really want to give people a memorable viewing experience and trust myself and I have to be more courageous about my instincts.

Justin