thecheyenneing asked: Hi, I'm Cheyenne! I'm a dancer and choreographer, and I am interested in filmmaking for things like dance for camera. May I ask how you got started?
You know Cheyenne, film and dance really aren’t so terribly different. Both require an artistic sense and a willingness to put in the time and mental/physical anguish required to truly perfect the thing and find out what it is. For me, film was more of an inevitability than anything else. It’s simply the only thing I’ve ever been particularly good at, and the only one that so engaged my attention everything else fell by the wayside.
You’re curious, so you’re already halfway there. The technology and information are so readily available and affordable in this day and age that the only true barriers are those we create ourselves. There is no magic, no secret sauce that separates filmmakers from aspiring filmmakers, the only difference is the hours put in, the willingness to subject oneself to brutal criticism (from yourself, and others), and the hard-won wisdom that only comes from many small failures and successes. As with dance, the more you flex those creative muscles, the more instinctual and elegant it becomes.