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Noah Baumbach, Taika Waititi and David Fincher advise young directors

Noah Baumbach, Taika Waititi and David Fincher have advice for the next generation.

Every time I speak to a filmmaker, I try to ask about the one lesson he’d like to have when he shows up. It is so important to listen to the generations before and seek advice whenever possible.

That’s why I get so excited when people make guidebooks. And in this one we have three great ones.

Noah Baumbach is an American filmmaker who received two Oscar nominations for his screenplay The squid and the whale and Marriage story, which he also directed. Taika Waititi is a New Zealand film and television director, producer, screenwriter, actress and comedian. He has won an Oscar, a BAFTA Award, and a Grammy Award, and has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. David Fincher is an American film director whose films have received 40 Academy Award nominations, including three for Best Director.

Yes, these are great people to listen to.

Check out this video from Filmmaking tips, and let’s talk after the jump.

This was a wealth of information in just a few minutes. Baumbach focuses on technological change and the way things are done. You can be off the grid and learn from the transparency of funding and independent film production. He also talks about how things can now be done digitally, keeping prices low and ingenuity plausible.

He sums it up like this: “Just do it. Find a way to make your film.”

That’s your starting point, but how do you know you’re ready?

Waititi didn’t make a movie until she was 30 and thinks it’s important to take in what life has to give you and use that fuel to become and become a filmmaker. It’s okay to wait, just relax. He wants people to know that there is a lot to be gained by just living your life and letting the storytelling come what it will.

Fincher wants you to focus on articulating your intentions. You have to deal with financiers, writers, actors, and everyone at all levels. These people will ask you to communicate your vision. Fincher wants you to be able to talk about what makes your vision important in the marketplace. You need to hear what people are saying and why they are saying it that way. If someone is giving you notes, you have to agree to collaborate or push back with an informed opinion.

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