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February 2 at 12:45pm

Talk To Me About A Recent Error You Made

By Ted Hope

What did you learn?

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  1. David Nerlich / Feb 2 at 12:45pm

    I spent several weeks working out my Great Idea would be be a PITA to do in 3D.

  2. David Fulde / Feb 2 at 12:45pm

    Shot a shortfilm back in October; first time working with an editor and ended up going with one that I respected, but do not get along with very well. Big mistake. We’re still in editing.

  3. Ted Hope / Feb 2 at 12:45pm

    I imagined this post would spark a lot of discussion that we could build on. I imagined that I did not need to share with a specific example myself as I do it on the blog regularly. I thought blogs would be more of forum for engagement but without that inciting event it doesn’t work to just lob in a question and think there will be much of a result.

  4. Jill Gray Savarese / Feb 2 at 12:45pm

    Ted, when I first saw this post, I thought about commenting then wondered, “Do I want to tell everyone all about my mistakes?” I think I generally try to point people to what I do right :) but it takes courage to rehash your failings. Really, it’s hard to even tell myself what mistakes I’ve made, but there have been plenty! You seem to have courage in spades! But if I were to boil it down, my most recent mistake involved being too trusting and naive when it came to contracts. Lesson learned? Make sure you have an executed contract. A deal memo, oral agreements and written, unsigned agreements might not be enough in some cases and that was a huge surprise to me. I’m still not sure at what point in a project you need to bring in the lawyer and pay those fees since some projects never really come to fruition and once you’re in, you start to trust the people you are working with. A month in? When financing comes in? When is the best time to bring John Hancock to the table?

  5. Lisa M. Thomas / Feb 2 at 12:45pm

    I recently tried to reach an A list star through their agent which was not my favorite approach to get my indie film project known by this celebrity. I was shot down almost immediately by the agent. Any thoughts about how to get a meaningful indie film without a mega-star budget taken seriously?

  6. cj / Feb 2 at 12:45pm

    For the sake of brevity, I will list a few recent lessons, the errors should be discernible.

    1. Make sure that any writer, director or producer you work with discloses any severe IRS troubles.
    2. Perhaps it is too soon to make a feature in Mexico.
    3. Disney owns all fantasy stories, children’s stories, folk tales, and mythological stories in all cultures since the beginning of the written word.
    4. There is absolutely nothing that has recently happened in Fukushima that should be of any concern to anyone.
    5. You can’t cry in space.

  7. Remo Pini / Feb 2 at 12:45pm

    I made and still make tons of mistakes on a daily basis…

    - Work with people even if my gut tells me otherwise
    - Believe people when they tell me they can do it
    - Be too optimistic about time/budget/issues/stories/people/…

    I think the main point is to be reflective enough to actually think about what you did (wrong) and how you can avoid it in the future. This is unfortunately something I see in way too few people…

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