For independent filmmakers, getting a chance to direct a big Hollywood movie can be a mixed blessing. Sure, you’ll make more money, get more resources, and work with higher-profile actors. But you’re also likely to wind up with less control and more red tape. Such was the experience of three directors at the “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood”—a Sundance Film Festival panel presented by Dropbox. Here’s how Justin Lin, Catherine Hardwicke, and Taika Waititi adjusted to their new roles—plus their tips for dealing with the challenges that come with success.
Where do you get your creative energy, and how do you keep it flowing? At a special live taping of Slate’s Culture Gabfest and Represent podcasts—recorded at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and sponsored by Dropbox—Editor in Chief Julia Turner quizzed the team on just that. How does film critic Dana Stevens stay motivated? What does culture writer Aisha Harris do when she gets stuck? And why does critic-at-large Stephen Metcalf purposely ignore his readers for half of his creative process? Here’s a rundown of their best tips, many of which can apply to just about anyone, creative or not.
After five days on the ground at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, we’ve picked up on a few themes—from creative trends to current events. Here are seven takeaways from this year’s festival, and what they say about independent filmmaking today.
In the film industry, there’s a lot of pressure to appeal to the broadest possible audience. Make sure the movie isn’t too niche, conventional wisdom says. Take care not to alienate men, and to include characters that will connect with a mainstream audience.
The Sundance Film Festival is home to some of the most creative projects in the world—independent films that disrupt, provoke, and inspire. But going from an initial idea to a finished film is an enormous undertaking. Diverse teams must come together, keeping their focus in the face of creative challenges, tight budgets, and strict deadlines. That’s why Dropbox is determined to keep the creative energy flowing, so teams like these can keep making their best films. And with 62% of this year’s festival films using Dropbox, we’re proud to be a sponsor in 2018.
Think about the most spectacular concert you’ve ever seen. What do you remember most? When you picture the peak moment of the show, chances are, it involved an incredible intersection of light and sound. Without one or the other, that moment wouldn’t have been as memorable.