Film Courage: Eli, how did you know you were a filmmaker and not a film watcher?
Elias Daughdrill, Long Beach City College Film Professor and Writer/Director: That’s a really good question. So that was the kind of thing I was going through at San Francisco State University that maybe I don’t know enough about this technology? Maybe I should go on and get a PhD? That was something I was seriously considering.
But for whatever reason I don’t know how you know other than you keep having the drive to make something. I think that is probably the test.
One of the things I tell the students is they kind of don’t know that they are getting themselves into for the first time even if they make just a short film.
So when it’s all over, they’re stressed out and they feel like their movie is not as good as it could have been or it’s not what they wanted to make because it’s a movie, I tell them that the test is though you went through all of that stress, it was incredibly hectic, you ultimately feel like the film could be better which is what everybody thinks after they make a movie, so you’re not a 100% happy with the finished product.
But the test is if you…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
ELIAS DAUGHDRILL, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – FILM LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE.
Eli Daughdrill teaches courses in both film production and film studies. He is a working filmmaker; his documentary Jonas, which details his brother’s struggles with schizophrenia, is available via Amazon. He has written and directed several short films (including Professor, Cosmetics, and Open My Eyes) and is currently in production on his feature film, Faith. Professor Daughdrill earned an MFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and a BA in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State University. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and their two sons.
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