Tip #1168: 10 Inspirational Tips from Spike Lee

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Tip #1168: 10 Inspirational Tips from Spike Lee

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Making even a terrible film is hard. Never give up. Never stop learning.

Spike Lee

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I first saw these 10 inspirational filmmaking tips from Spike Lee posted to LinkedIn.com. I don’t know who compiled them, but I thought they were deeply insightful.

  1. Write about yourself and what you know.
  2. Making even a terrible film is hard.
  3. If you want to be a director, you have a much bigger chance to ger your (first) film made if you also write your own screenplays.
  4. For drama you got to have two people butting heads. And to elevate that drama both have to be right.
  5. Your filmmaking always has room for improvement. Try to grow with every project.
  6. Laziness can hinder a filmmaker the most.
  7. To make it, you got to be relentless, you got to persevere, you got to be focused, you have to work on your craft and never stop learning.
  8. Make films with your phone and make them seen online. Film agencies have people whose only job is to look for new talent on the Internet.
  9. If you go to film school, don’t go for the degree. Go to learn the game, to use their resources and to come out with a finished film or screenplay.
  10. Write by hand.

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2 replies
    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      True. I think that by writing by hand, we will take more time to carefully think about what we are writing, rather than just blasting words to the page.



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