Normally I would not share this story, but maybe it will inspire others who are in film school etc.
On Saturday we had the Toronto premiere of Against The Wild. After it was over I was out on the street talking to some people. I was tugged on my arm and a man and a woman were standing beside me. The woman said, "our son needs to tell you something." I look down and there's this cute little boy maybe 4 or 5 years old.
So I had to kneel down to his level so I could hear what he wanted to say. He says to me, in his little voice, "I just want to tell you that your movie is better than my most favourite movie of all time now." I said, "wow what is your favourite movie?" He said, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, but now I like yours better."
I gave him one of my industry screeners, and he was so excited to be able to take the movie home before it comes out in stores. He had paid me a 100% sincere compliment, with no "adult" motives.
If movies didn't cost so much, and needed to generate revenue, I would say that boy paid me in full for making the movie.
Ok it's a corny story so sue me. But in the fake and cynical film world, this boy was a breath of fresh air.