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#1 Nathan Milford

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 01:27 PM

10 Year Old 'Genius' Director.

Time to play catch-up.
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#2 Chris Fernando

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 02:10 PM

That country REALLY needs some child labor laws!!!

Edited by CMPhern, 24 January 2006 - 02:11 PM.

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#3 Daniel J. Ashley-Smith

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 03:14 PM

I'm not green....

Buy hey that kids just got given the chance... People like Landon and I have to get out there and earn it for ourselves.

Landon, we're meeting up, and we're gonna kick some serious butt...

As I said. I'm not green whatsoever.. (little g....)
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#4 Robert Hughes

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 03:21 PM

People like Landon and I have to get out there and earn it for ourselves.


Seems he already has:

Starting at the tender age of four, he has already acted in 24 regional feature films and has starred in 1,000 episodes of a hit Kannada-language soap opera on television.


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#5 Daniel J. Ashley-Smith

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 03:44 PM

I know actors and actresses better than Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, but they don't get to star in one of the biggest films of all time.

Anyway I'm just gonna shutup now because I'm just jealous. Beaten to it by a 10 year old... dammit.

Edited by Daniel J. Ashley-Smith, 25 January 2006 - 03:45 PM.

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#6 Stephen Williams

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 03:47 PM

10 Year Old 'Genius' Director.

Time to play catch-up.


Hi,

He is shooting on 35mm too!

Stephen
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#7 Daniel J. Ashley-Smith

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 04:11 PM

Hi,

He is shooting on 35mm too!

Stephen


Yeh alright Stephen rub it in...
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#8 Greg Gross

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 04:30 PM

Landon Parks,that name sounds familiar to me. Whats his filmology? How many films
does he have under his belt? Is he the kid that skips school and plays with cameras?

Greg Gross
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#9 Jaan Shenberger

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 04:33 PM

Buy hey that kids just got given the chance... People like Landon and I have to get out there and earn it for ourselves.



yeah and it's totally unfair how he was born in the world's richest country with access to the best technology, while you guys were born in the US, a third world country.
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#10 David Sweetman

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 04:38 PM

Geez! I just read about another kid, 9 years old in Malibu, directing his first 35mm short, starring himself and Kevin Bacon. Also, he's worked with Steven Spielberg and several other big names.

crazy stuff, man, crazy...

Who could be jealous? Why, they're downright adorable.

Heh, but seriously -- that's amazing. I wouldn't have been ready to direct at 9 or 10. I don't think I would have even desired it. My life's own path has brought me to where I'm pursuing directing and I don't feel that I've gotten a late start or anything when I see kids half my age doing it. Did they "beat me to it?" Heck, beat me to what? To telling a story? I've told plenty of stories. Did they beat me to recognition and a big budget? Well, yes, but that's not neccissarily what I'm in it for.
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#11 Daniel J. Ashley-Smith

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 04:38 PM

yeah and it's totally unfair how he was born in the world's richest country with access to the best technology, while you guys were born in the US, a third world country.

Yeh, with thousands of other people attempting to do the same thing, not letting us get a word in edgeways.
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#12 Jaan Shenberger

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 11:16 PM

Yeh, with thousands of other people attempting to do the same thing, not letting us get a word in edgeways.


this may be news to you, but living in a region or country with a lot of production going on only helps you. there are more rental shops, post houses, film labs, people willing to work on your project for the experience, etc.. and film/video equipment costs several times less, relative to income for us in the US and UK (cameras cost the same in new dehli as they do in minneapolis, even though they only make like $5000 a year). honestly, if you wanna make a movie you really have no excuse nowadays because of dv and hdv. just be glad it isn't 1990 and your options are basically shoot on film, finish on film (lab costs galore) or shoot on crummy-looking video and try to figure out a way to get access to expensive video editing equipment and then (even more difficult) try to get someone to respect your project that was shot on video.

in my experience, i've met two kinds of aspiring directors/filmmakers... ones who really wanna make their films and are willing to do the work necessary to make that happen, and those who really just care about being able to walk around and tell people "i'm a director-- i made a film".

needless to say, the latter have gotten nowhere. except for the ones with trust funds who hired skilled professionals to make their film appear.
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#13 Daniel J. Ashley-Smith

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:05 AM

He got a lucky break as an actor from a young age, which enabled him to do what he is doing. With his kind of wealth and contacts he can do anything he likes.

I have virtually no contacts who work in the big time, I can't afford to go buying loads of DVD's or visit the cinemas often.

Third world country or not that kid's richer than me and has a far bigger advantage.

But, fair play to him. He's done well. A 10 year old directing a 35mm feature length film is pretty amazing stuff.
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#14 Jonathan Spear

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 09:26 AM

What a dumb thread.

Who cares how old this kid is?

"Genious" ? Let's see that film first. Might be a piece of garbage.

I've never seen a more sorry bunch than the older members of this board who go out of their way to bash and humiliate a bunch of teenagers.

You have no idea how inspiring your jealousy is.

;)

Edited by TSM, 26 January 2006 - 09:28 AM.

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#15 Jaan Shenberger

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 05:55 PM

I've never seen a more sorry bunch than the older members of this board who go out of their way to bash and humiliate a bunch of teenagers.

You have no idea how inspiring your jealousy is.

;)


good. now go make something.
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#16 Annie Wengenroth

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 06:09 PM

People...it's not a freakin race.... :rolleyes:
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#17 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 07:19 PM

Hi,

You haven't quite yet realised that one day you will have to be paying a pension and a mortgage, have you!

Phil
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#18 Film Idaho

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 07:19 PM

Being a filmmaking teenager isn?t all that bad. But we are only limited by what we have before us. We can?t just waltz in studios and beg for money. We have to earn it ourselves find/buy our own equipment etc.

I like what I produce and knowing that I did it all by myself makes the pay off ever sweeter. :D

As for it being a race I look at it like this: we will be miles ahead of the pack when/if we go to film school. We will have some real experience and had already made mistakes that I would rather make now then later in my professional life.

Just some food for thought.

-Alex Mason

P.S. Thanks to Kodak for the 30% student film discount it makes a world of a difference. Even thought they don?t have to give it to high school students they do anyways.

Edited by Film Idaho, 31 January 2006 - 07:29 PM.

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#19 Annie Wengenroth

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 10:39 PM

All I meant is that you get there when you get there and if you are persistent, you will make progress; this has nothing to do with age or the speed at which different people learn different things. Not to discredit your accomplishments, I'm just saying that sometimes, the only thing that will really dictate a person's success is the process itself and not how fast they got there.

By the way, Phil, I know about the mortgage thing and am confident that I can handle it. And no, I don't know how long it will take for me to hit a point where I can live comfortably and successfully, but I know it will happen!

I'm not trying to be cynical to the younger filmmakers on here. I think what you're doing is great. But just a heads-up: you might be less prepared for film school than you think, simply because in film school, other people are going to tell you what to do and you will have to work even harder to get something out of it. Or you could just decide NOT to go to film school, which is a feasible option as well. You know, I thought I'd already gotten every "film school" mistake in the book out of my system and then I got out onto a real set. I did not make any mistakes and actually did very well for myself, but I was acutely aware that this was a different world from what I was used to and it didn't matter what I already knew, because I was on these people's turf and not in my previous comfort zone. It's an adjustment and the only way to know it is to experience it...and again, time will tell. Having said this, I wish you the best of luck and I have a feeling you will succeed in whatever you choose to do, because if you're this into it now, and you stick with it, you're gonna be hardcore in another 10 years!
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#20 Max Jacoby

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Posted 01 February 2006 - 03:31 AM

Heh, but seriously -- that's amazing. I wouldn't have been ready to direct at 9 or 10.

I find this story a bit ridiculous, because directing a film is not something that you pick up just like that. Unlike some other arts where one can have precocious child prodigies (like music, chess, maths), filmmaking falls in the same category as writing and painting where one needs to have a certain experience to make something good.
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