Stories of directors making their first films during or right after college are not uncommon. In fact, it’s so common that it might be easy to get stuck in the idea that if you haven’t made your first movie by the time you’re in your late 20′s, game over. The truth of the matter is some of the most talented and innovative directors started “late”. So if you think you should be put out to pasture just because you remember using VHS, consider the following success stories.
Ang Lee, the director of critically acclaimed and award-winning films such as Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, didn’t direct his first feature until he was 39 and his first Hollywood feature at 41. Three time Best Director nominee Alexander Payne didn’t direct his first feature until his mid-30′s, as did Robert Bresson, one of the leaders of the French New Wave. Then there is Manoel de Oliveira. He didn’t finish his first film until he was 63! He went on to make several other films and is currently the oldest living filmmaker at 105 years old.
While some of these celebrities had previous education and experience in the film industry, other did not. Ian McKellen was a stage actor for many years and didn’t appear in his first movie until 1998′s Apt Pupil, when he was in his 60′s.
We often forget, or ignore, that true expertise takes time to cultivate. Somebody at the beginning of their life will have a lot of theory, but little experience with which to utilize for their story. Mainstream films rely more on whiz-bang fluff, technological marvels made for young audiences by young filmmakers. Indie films, however, can still rely on complex stories; the type of stories that can only come with age. You’ve reached a point in your life where you have a lot of experience, and the wisdom to understand and explain it. All you need is the passion to move forward, and the dedication to see it through.
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