FILMMAKERING LIKE A BOSS: PASSION VS DESPAIR
Hello, I’m Thomas Tulak, and this is “Filmmakering Like A Boss,” a weekly micro-column all about how to filmmaker like a boss! Check back every Thursday for new posts!
I don’t claim to be an expert, but I am an award winning filmmaker with a passion for filmmaking, which is really all you need to get started.
At age 6 I was a child actor. My most notable role was that of the youngest Lost Boy in the Steven Spielberg family adventure film, “Hook.” (I was the one who spit out the candle and yelled, ‘Goodnight, Neverland!’) I was also in a few episodes of, “Cheers” and “Mad About You,” among other things.
In ’09 I founded an indie production company called Easily Amused Group productions, and began making short films, and started a weekly youtube comedy show called, “The EAG presents Dinomy’s Video Blog.” That show continued until 2015, and included over 300 episodes, and launched a mini spin off series called , “Chronicles Of The Dragon.”
I have directed 10 short films, several of which were for 48 hour filmmaking competitions. In one such competition I won first place. My most recent short, “Who Dunt Dunt Dunnit?” is a proof of concept and has been screening in the film festival circuit since early 2017. It won Best Ensemble in the Die Laughing festival, and was nominated Best Comedy in 2 different Comic Cons.
I also produce a video version of “Filmmakering Like A Boss,” on my Youtube channel, which is now coming back, in conjunction with this column, for a 2nd season.
I am currently in production on a sci/fi adventure comedy web series called, “The Darkest Timeline,” about the Mandela Effect and the Multi-verse.
As I’m going to be talking to you about Filmmakering on a weekly basis, I’d like to urge you to see some of my Filmmakering in action, so you know I’m not just some random noob Therefore, below are some links to some of my work, feel free to peruse if you feel so inclined.
EAG production’s short films
“The EAG presents Dinomy’s Video Blog : Adventure in Time and Jump Cut”
Okay, enough of that. There is something specific I’d like to talk about, for this first post. A topic I have seen discussed heavily on the boards here on Stareable.
In the world of indie filmmaking it can be all to easy to feel a certain level of despair that comes along with having to have a day job while you toil away on your passion, and feeling like you aren’t getting anywhere with it. It’s easy to feel alone and trapped, as you see other people achieve a level of success that seems forever out of your reach.
It’s important for you to remember that you are in fact not alone. There are countless other people in the same situation as you. I, myself, have a day job. I won’t say what it is, but I understand all to well what it’s like to feel like you’re wasting all your time at a day job, and therefore you don’t have enough time left in the day to work on your passion.
I hope I can offer some words of encouragement for anyone feeling this despair.
The thing about filmmaking is, any one can do it. Some people are more experienced than others, but you don’t need to have a fancy degree to get a job directing the next big blockbuster. Quentin Tarantino famously remarked, “I didn’t go to film school, I went to films.”
If you want to be a filmmaker all you have to do is pick up a camera and make a film.
The only true failure is when you quit. Until then you just haven’t succeeded yet.
Once you decide what you want to do with your life, every decision that follows must be in support of that.
Yes, that might mean working a day job you dislike because it supports you while being flexible enough to allow you time to work on the precious thing you live for. But that doesn’t make you a failure.
Yes, it might take a long time, but that still doesn’t make you a failure. The late Alan Rickman didn’t even begin his acting career until he was 41.
It can be all to easy to lose sight of what excites you about filmmaking, but at the end of the day if you don’t stick to your guns and do it, it won’t get done. So, find the thing that motivates and inspires you and milk it for every last drop you can get!
Because you can sit around all day wanting and wishing you were a filmmaker, or you can get up and make a film!
You gadda believe in yourself. You gadda invest the time and energy and resources, because whats the alternative, giving up? I don’t think so!
In those desperate times, when you’re feeling the despair of pointlessness and temptation to give up, you gadda ask yourself one basic question…
How badly do you want it?
Thanks for following along on this first installment of, “Filmmakering Like A Boss.” Next week I’ll be back and we’ll start getting into some tips and tricks on how to Filmmaker Like A Boss!
If you have any filmmakering questions, or topic’s you’d like me to discuss, please let me know in the comments below!
Till next time,