Write Because You Love It Not Because You Need Validation – Van Ditthavong

Van Ditthavong, Filmmaker/Photographer: You try to enter competitions and you try to do this and get validated in so many different ways. I think I got rejected so many times I was like screw validation. I love doing it and I’m going to keep doing it.

Film Courage: How long did it take you to write the first draft?

Van: I started it like 10 years ago. Maybe a good draft afterwards…eight months or so? And then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite more of it. I don’t even remember now it was so long ago. But I do remember when I was starting it…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).











Writer/Director/Photographer Van Ditthavong is the founding partner and executive producer of goPOP FILMS – a creative content studio and production company. He has taught at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) and UCLA Extension – where he received the 2015 Outstanding Instructor of the Year honor for the Visual Arts Department. His latest project is his feature directing debut, ALL ROADS TO PEARLA (starring Alex MacNicoll, Addison Timlin, Nick Chinlund, and Dash Mihok) and produced by Red Entertainment and goPOP FILMS.

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