Advice From J.J. Abrams: “It’s More Important You Learn What to Make Movies About Than How to Make Movies”

Here is a great inspirational interview from writer / director / producer J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek reboot, Armageddon).

BAFTA Guru sat down for an interview with J.J. Abrams which gives a little insight into the director’s thoughts.

My biggest takeaway from the interview, and something I feel is deeply relevant to photographers in particular and any story tellers in general are one advice Abrahams got from his dad and one that he passes on as his own:

  • “It’s more important you learn what to make movies about than how to make movies”
  • “Your voice is as important as anyone else’s. You may not always be right — you shouldn’t be cocky about it…I felt like I needed to learn that the ideas that I had were as good as anyone else’s ideas.”

And his parallel advice to go out and shoot – “Go out and make your movie!

[J.J. Abrams: On Filmmaking" | BAFTA Guru via nofilmschool via FilmmakerIQ]