So this is one of those personal pet peeves–I have many. What do you prefer?
A. The creative type who is equally supportive and always offer constructive criticism.
B. The creative type who according to tweeter/facebook is altruistic and can work a soapbox, but rarely has a clue.
C. The creative type that uses everyone as a stepping ladder and doesn’t have an ounce of talent.
If you choose “A”, then please be advised… I feel you. However, I wont go on a rant because I’ve already chewed many an ear blowing off necessary steam. Here’s a picture of what that looked like:
For the record, I have a genuine supportive team who are sincerely rooting for me–you know who are
It’s discouraging when the people you support conveniently turn a blind eye, but even worse is to constantly hear my peers revel in delight at seeing a fellow filmmaker, actor, writer, director “fail”. By “fail”, I mean a forced overemphasis on “what’s wrong”. How about reversing that and focus on what was “cool”. How about that? Is this trend to automatically “diss” a direct result of one’s own lack of progress? Or could it be just plain ole ugly “jealousy”? Now I know there are some films, TV shows, plays and even web series that deserve that harsh criticism for even being created, so I’m not referring to the many projects that are just plain… bad. My “concern” is how it’s handled. In this small community of ours, independent filmmakers, especially those of color and women can’t afford to be divided.
So, I’ll wrap up with some rational encouragement for all:
You don’t have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all or at least bring it to the source.