Stop Trying To Make A Great Movie – Joston Ramon Theney

Joston Ramon Theney, Screenwriter, Author, Director, Producer: I love that movie from beginning to end and then I went online one day and I saw the reviews [shows thumbs down] and I was like What?! I don’t get it, this movie was incredible.

Film Courage: Why is it so hard to make a great movie?

Joston: That is a good one. I think 1) it depends on your definition of great. I think that so many people are caught up in “everybody else said it was great” and I think that’s where most movies go wrong. Somebody will tell somebody Oh, your movie’ is like this but with a little bit of that and they go I didn’t see that but okay and then they go back and they start looking at that movie and they want to polish it now and make it a little bit more like that movie and it’s that whole like looking at the guy next to you thing and judging yourself by how far you’ve gotten ahead of everybody else that is your peer or your colleague or whatnot, trying to just get ahead of them and judging yourself, judging your success by how much more success you’ve had than them and that includes making a great movie. I consider a great movie to be one where I watched that movie and I couldn’t turn it off, I couldn’t turn it off. That is watching it though, I couldn’t turn it off. One of my favorite movies is 44 Inch Chest. Nobody’s seen it…well I shouldn’t say that. Let me not say nobody’s seen it, most people in the U.S. haven’t seen it, but it’s called 44 Inch Chest. I love that movie from beginning to end. I went online one day and I saw the reviews [shows thumbs down] and I was like What?! I don’t get it, this movie was incredible.…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



Screenwriter, author, producer, director Joston Ramon Theney grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for films such as Wanton Want (2021), Axeman at Cutters Creek (2020) and Jurassic Hunt (2021).   








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