What Directors Should Know Before They Start Making A Movie – Jason Satterlund

Film Courage: What are the first few things you do when making a movie?

Jason Satterlund, Filmmaker: The first step would definitely be making sure I understand the script and I think the process of making a film and making any film project is fairly similar. It always starts with the script and making sure the I feel it. That is important to me. That kind of makes my heart beat a little bit faster when I read it.

If I didn’t write it, smoothing out some of these character transitions. It’s important to find the themes that mean something to me even if it’s a movie about time travel.

I know when [Robert] Zemeckis did BACK TO THE FUTURE he wondered what it would have been like to hang out with his Dad in high school and if he’d like him. That’s where that came from and that’s what got him up in the morning, that’s what’s made him really connect with the story…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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