Handling Rejection In The Film Business by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass

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Mark Duplass, Actor/Filmmaker/Producer: I mean we’re really fortunate that we do get to do stuff. Even though we get rejected from some things we want to do, there’s always one thing that’s got a yes going.

And so I think the best answer we can come up with is keep a lot of irons in the fire and it’s sort of…you play the numbers game a little bit and it diminishes the rejections so you have some other things going on.

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But I think you have to be smart and be careful about how you put yourself out there. For instance I am an actor but I don’t go on auditions a lot because it just kills my spirit to do that, you know? And it’s really hard. And we could if we wanted to engage weekly on these big writing assignments that are open for people to come in and say Here’s my take on this job. I want to get this job.

If you do that, you get rejected 49 out of 50 times and then the one that you do get means you’re doing really well. But that’s 49 rejections! So we don’t engage in that process as well. So we just try to protect ourselves to a certain degree (and again) try to keep a couple things going at once in case certain certain things burn out…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here)


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Jay Duplass & Linas Phillips in a film about brothers: one who’s devoted to his family, the other who’s obsessed with The Manson Family.

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We invite you to help us make MANSON FAMILY VACATION, a story about two brothers who embark on a strange sightseeing tour of crime scenes, hideouts & jailhouses — all related to the notorious Manson Family. The film will explore the hero worship of Charles Manson, the roots of fanaticism & the importance of family.

The project is a collaboration between Jay Duplass (CYRUS; JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME), Linas Phillips (BASS ACKWARDS) & J. Davis (KEVIN; SOUNDTRACKER): three filmmakers who have experience making low-budget movies that play at top festivals around the world, in theaters and on Netflix….read more here.



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Kevin Gant, World Guitar Poet and star of Jay Duplass’ documentary KEVIN joins us in the Film Courage studio to talk about his dream of making and sharing music and why he put the guitar down for 12 years, what led to his current rebirth, how the music game has changed and the impact Jay Duplass has had on him. Buy Kevin Gant’s music here, Connect with him on Twitter.



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See it on Kickstarter here – The Last White Man is a feature film produced and written by Dean Tatulli and Mark L. Mazzeo. It is a dark satire/thriller with a focus on race, identity, and social politics in modern day America. Karl Gordon, an underemployed pizza delivery boy works in his quiet suburban hometown where romantic, professional, and social failures fuel his hatred for the changing world around him, setting him on a course that can only lead to carnage. The Last White Man is now crowdfunding on Kickstarter.


THE LAST WHITE MAN is a satirical look at how a misguided obsession with victim status can lead to violence.