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“nothing is original”

June 1


what: the american filmmaker, jim jarmusch’s golden rules.

why: coffee & cigarettes is a great movie. 

1.  there are no rules. there are as many ways to make a film as there are potential filmmakers…  disregard the “rules” you are presently reading, and instead consider them to be merely notes to myself. one should make one’s own “notes” because there is no one way to do anything. if anyone tells you there is only one way, their way, get as far away from them as possible, both physically and philosophically.

2.  don’t let the fuckers get ya. they can either help you, or not help you, but they can’t stop you… carry a gun if necessary.

3.   the production is there to serve the film. the film is not there to serve the production. unfortunately, in the world of filmmaking this is almost universally backwards… filmmakers who don’t understand this should be hung from their ankles and asked why the sky appears to be upside down.

4.  filmmaking is a collaborative process. you get the chance to work with others whose minds and ideas may be stronger than your own… but treat all collaborators as equals and with respect… hierarchy is for those whose egos are inflated or out of control, or for people in the military… if you don’t want to work with other people, go paint a painting or write a book.

5.  [best said in this graphic depiction]:


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