Making A Feature Film Is The Scariest Thing For A Filmmaker by Frank Coraci
Film Courage: Your first featured film was MURDERED INNOCENCE?
Frank Coraci, Director: MURDERED INNOCENCE…it’s kind of like I lost my virginity on it.
Film Courage: Okay…I hope she called you afterwards?
Frank: Not literally…(MURDERED INNOCENCE) I lost my innocence on it. It was funny, I had made short films, I had made a thing with Adam, I did a short with Adam Sandler because he was at SNL [Saturday Night Live]. And I had this reel that I put together of anything and everything I could shoot. I had a PSA and I was obsessively trying to put this reel together because I thought the reel was the way I got to be a filmmaker.
I had in my head from being at NYU that all of my favorite filmmakers Scorsese, Coppola, Spielberg, like everyone had made a movie before they were 30. And I had this self-included “I have to do it or that’s it. I’m not going to make it.”
I was literally in the editing room like 20 hours and I had some weird visual reaction-seizure thing and I got rushed to the emergency room. While I was in the hospital I thought the dumbest thing I ever thought was that there was a number. If I’m really a filmmaker, I don’t care if I’m 40, 50, 60, 70, I’m never going to stop until I make movies.
And it was almost like I had to have that revelation because the following week I was on Long Island with my girlfriend at the time in a video store. I think it was a Blockbuster (they were still around)? And I turned around this corner and this guy was hitting on my girlfriend.
And he’s like “I’m a filmmaker and I make movies.”
And I’m like “Yeah? I’m a filmmaker too.”
He’s like “Yeah? What did you do?”
And I said “You want to see my reel?”
And he’s like “Yeah, I’ll see your reel.”
And he saw…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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