Filmspiration #4 Your Friendships matter

There has been a history in cinema of great friendships between directors , the cahier du cinema writers who became directors together and started the French New Wave, the films school brats who shared youth and a filmschool/cinephile background and changed the American Film landscape and South of the US border the Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón.

They met early in their careers due to their love of cinema and immediately clicked.  They would share ideas, show their screenplays and edits to each other for feedback and help each other shape their films to the best it could be . This didnt change as they each moved to the US and grown successful careers with critical acclaim.

When Innaritu was editing his film Amores Perros, Del Toro flew in from Texas to Mexico city and slept on the couch in the editing room, helping him restructure the film.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Before Cannes, Inarritu also helped del Toro by excising 10 minutes from that film in a single day. “It was crucial,” del Toro says. “We didn’t have time. We returned to high school dynamics. We ordered pizza and stayed up until 6 a.m. We needed to ship the print the next day for Cannes. That’s the beauty of the friendship of the three of us. It keeps us young.”

This has happened through their careers and fame and bigger budgets havent changed them from the day they met on a TV show. Like the Film Brats of the 70s they have produced each others films and support each others films on every level.

This film game can tend to get you to see every other filmmaker as competition. Dont get into that trap, not everyone will be your collaborator but find those who you can support and who can support you.  Its a very tough industry, flying solo makes it that much harder.

Find friends who you can support 100% and who can do that for you.

Have a great weekend guys.

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