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Becoming a Filmmaker

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November 27, 2017

As someone who makes films for a living, I’m often asked by people who want to pursue a career in film “how do I start?”

It's a valid question but one that's very difficult to answer. Filmmaking means different things to different people. Every culture, every country, every community has their own filmmakers and use filmmaking for their own ends.

I think it's really great to have mentors, even if those people don't know that you're their mentor. By this, I mean filmmakers and artists whose career and work you admire.

You can use what they do as a template and a roadmap for where you want to go. You can go back and watch their early work and see where they started – what they attempted and how they failed.

The next step to becoming a filmmaker is to try and have the experience of doing the work behind the camera – see how much work and labor goes into producing a film and telling a story.

I think a lot of people like the idea of filmmaking, just like a lot of people like the idea of being a pro athlete, but when you actually get down to it, they don't want to put in the work needed to make a career.

I really admire musicians and I love listening to their music. I know for a fact that I'll never be one: I just don't have the patience for that kind of practice. A big difference between filmmaking and music or being an author is that filmmaking is almost always a team effort.

Its a much more inter-human art form. It's also something that involves a lot of gear, a lot of people, a lot of time and a lot of coordination. You have to have a head for the logistics of it and to be a people person. I big part of filmmaking is being able to get what you want from people and not burn your bridges.

I tell people who want to be filmmakers, go out and make a film. Everyone has a camera or an iPhone, and everyone has a computer. They're part of our everyday lives now. So make a film but make a small one.

Make a really simple, achievable. Smaller than you think is small. It can just be one simple thought or a recreating of a scene from your favorite film. Shoot it on your iPhone and edit it on your laptop. This exercise will give you an idea of what filmmaking really is, not the Hollywood dream that they sell you.

You’ll see the amount of time and effort that goes into getting what it is that you want to represent. In my experience, 80% or 90% of the people that attempt this will never go further when realizing how many hours go into every minute of film. It takes much more concentration and discipline than you think. It is nice to have creative control but that comes with a huge responsibility that is too much work for most people.

When you are an actor or part of the crew, you learn your lines and give your performance – that's your piece of the puzzle.

Then you leave and go on to the next project. The director spends a year before and a year afterward putting all those pieces together into something that they can tell a story. That's a whole different type of challenge. It can be a very difficult personal complicated experience. There’s no map for it.

When a lot of people decide to make a film, they have a tendency to go big. They think “well, I'm already spending this money, I'm already asking these favors. Why don't I make something that will really show the world what I can do?”. That's great, but if you don't understand what the process is and if you don’t yet know if you enjoy that process, then you can bite off more than you can chew. You get stuck halfway and you lose energy. The film will never see the light of day.

Get your hands dirty – start small and then get feedback on your idea once you've finished the film. Find people that you trust to tell you if they like what you’ve made and if they think it makes sense. This being your first outing, the chances are that the film won't make sense. It really takes a humble, mature person to see that a lot of the work, if not all, of the work they’ve done was for nothing. But to be a filmmaker, and to grow as an artist, you need feedback to be part of your process. You have to take advice from

people who around you and go back and work until you have something that fulfills your original intent.

The internet has become a great place to share your work and get feedback. It has the advantage of letting you learn different parts of the filmmaking process as well. Probably the best part of being a member of an online filmmaking community is the encouragement. Everyone who's made a film knows one of the biggest struggles isn't financial or technical, it's a struggle for energy.

Once you put your heart and soul into something and no one understands it, it’s critical for other people with similar tastes, wherever they are, encourage one another and help one each other take the next step.

YouTube, in particular, can be invaluable. You can connect with people who like what you do. We are no longer captive to the Hollywood tastemakers and the Network TV. We’re able to build a community around the work that you love to do and find collaborators.

So make a film. After you’re done, you'll have a pretty good idea if you like kind of grind, intensity and monotony it takes to turn an idea in to a moving image. If it gives you a buzz, makes you feel alive and makes you feel like this is something you could do for a living, then choose a bigger project. Branch out slowly and surely.

You need to put some part of yourself into your work and you need to get something out of it.

Happy filmmaking!

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James Bond Movies with Villains and Bond Girls

Film

November 18, 2017

Dr. No

After a catchphrase-making encounter with Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson, dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl), “Bond, James Bond” (Sean Connery) is called to investigate the murder of the SIS Stations Chief in Jamaica. There he outwits the assassin Miss Taro (Zena Marshall), meets the tough yet beautiful shell diver Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) and defeats mad scientist Dr. Julius No (Joseph Wiseman), who plans to disrupt Project Mercury with an atomic-powered radio beam.

From Russia With Love

Bond (Sean Connery) is still dating Sylvia Trench, but gets called away to stop SPECTRE agent Col. Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) from stealing a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviet Union, which they plan to later sell back to them for a small fortune. Working with Ali Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendáriz), Bond is also aided by Klebb's pawn, Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi), but the two are pursued by Klebb's loyal agent, Donald “Red” Grant (Robert Shaw).

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Goldfinger

Bond (Sean Connery) stops Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) from cheating at a card game by seducing his minion, Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), as she uses binoculars to help him; she is then killed in retribution and left, covered in gold paint, on Bond's bed. As he continues to investigate Goldfinger's plan to rob Fort Knox, Bond manages to also seduce the villain's pilot, Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), who claims to be a lesbian. Meanwhile, Jill's sister Tilly (Tania Mallet) tries to avenge her.

Thunderball

When an Avro Vulcan plane with two nuclear bombs on board is captured by SPECTRE, Bond (Sean Connery) teams up with his friend Felix Leiter (Rik Van Nutter) to investigate. They suspect Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi, dubbed by Robert Rietty), a wealthy black marketeer. After the murder of liaison Paula Caplan (Martine Beswick), Bond convinces Largo's mistress, Domino Derval (Claudine Auger) into helping them by revealing that Largo murdered her brother.

You Only Live Twice

An American spacecraft is hijacked, and Bond heads to Japan to investigate. With the help of agents Ling (Tsai Chin) and Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama), he fakes his death and goes undercover as a Japanese man. Along with Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi), a Japanese secret agent and ninja, he discovers the plot is masterminded by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence), the “Number 1” SPECTRE agent, along with a businessman named Osato.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Bond (George Lazenby) prevents the suicide of Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg), and receives information from her father, a European crime lord, about the whereabouts of Blofield. Having set up a phony allergy treatment facility, the SPECTRE agent is actually hypnotizing his female patients into helping him plant a crop virus. After stopping the plot, Bond marries Teresa, only for her to be immediately murdered by Blofield's henchwoman, Irma Bunt (Ilse Steppat).

Diamonds Are Forever

Disguised as a professional criminal named Peter Franks, Bond (Sean Connery) investigates an international diamond smuggling ring. After intercepting the jewels from criminal Tiffany Case (Jill St. John), he follows the trail to a casino owned by one Willard Whyte (Jimmy Dean). Initially a suspect, Whyte is actually a pawn of Blofield, who has created a weaponized satellite that he plans to auction off.

Live and Let Die

Three MI6 agents are killed while investigating Kananga (Yaphet Kotto), a Caribbean dictator who moonlights as a crime lord. Bond (Roger Moore) goes to stop him, but Kananga has two advantages: double agent Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry), and more notable Solitaire (Jane Seymour), a captive who has fortunetelling abilities for as long as she remains a virgin. (Spoiler alert: Bond finds a way to neutralize this advantage.)

The Man With the Golden Gun

Bond (Roger Moore) is trying to locate a scientist whose invention could solve the energy crisis, but is taken off the case when M learns that famed assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) is targeting him. Working unofficially, he locates Scaramanga's enslaved mistress, Andrea Anders (Maud Adams) with help from Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland). Ultimately he recovers the device back from Scaramanga.

The Spy Who Loved Me

After two submarines and some microfilms for a submarine tracking system are stolen, Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with KGB agent Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) to find the culprit. The trail leads them to Karl Sigmund Stromberg (Curt Jurgens), who reveals that he plans to destroy both Moscow and New York, so that a nuclear war will wipe out all civilization and allow him to build a new one from its ashes.

Moonraker

Looking into the details of a Moonraker spacecraft hijacking, Bond (Roger Moore) investigates Sir Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), whose company made the craft. One of Drax's scientists, Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), turns out to be a CIA agent also working on the case; together the two spies learn that Drax is planning to use a poisonous gas to kill all human life on the planet, while he and his mooks survive in a space station.

For Your Eyes Only

A device called the Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC) is stolen by an assassin; while investigating the case, Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with the victim's daughter Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) to find out what happened. The trail ultimately leads to Greek businessman and KGB operative Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover), whom Bond must fight in order to recover the deadly machine.

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Octopussy

Bond (Roger Moore) is looking into the murder of a fellow agent, which leads him to an auction house and exiled Afghan prince Kamal Khan. The prince is working with Orlov, a Soviet general, as well as Octopussy (Maud Adams), who runs an all-female circus that is actually a front for a smuggling operation. Orlov, however, has a bigger plan: detonating a nuclear weapon and tricking the European nations to favor disarmament, allowing the Soviets to expand their territory.

A View of a Kill

As an industrialist named Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) tries to corner the market on microchips, Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts), heiress of a company that Zorin is trying to obtain. Zorin is eventually revealed to be a rogue KGB agent and the product of a Nazi genetic experiment, who seeks to destroy Silicon Valley so that he will have a monopoly on microchips.

The Living Daylights

Bond (Timothy Dalton) is assigned to product a KGB officer, General Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbé) as he defects to the West. It soon emerges, however, that Koskov is working with arms dealer Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) to embezzle Soviet funds, buy diamonds and then convert them into a drug empire. Bond teams up with Koskov's girlfriend, Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo), who helped the general fake an assassination attempt.

Licence to Kill

When Felix Leiter (David Hedison) is crippled by, and loses his wife to, the drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), Bond (Timothy Dalton) becomes a rogue agent to avenge his friend. He meets with Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell), a military pilot and CIA informant, who helps him disguise himself as a member of Sanchez's staff and take down the criminal's business from within. He is also aided (not entirely willingly) by Sanchez's lover, Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto).

GoldenEye

The criminal organization called Janus sends its agent, Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), to steal the GoldenEye electromagnetic pulse and kill nearly everyone involved in its creation. Bond (Pierce Brosnan) learns from one of the survivors, programmer Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco), that his old colleague Alec “006” Trevelyan (Sean Bean) faked his death and is the mastermind behind Janus. Trevelyan plans to steal millions and then use the GoldenEye to erase all records and cover his tracks.

Tomorrow Never Dies

An international incident occurs when a British warship winds up in Chinese waters, and Bond (Pierce Brosnan) teams up with Chinese agent Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) to investigate. They learn that Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), a media mogul, arranged the incident in order to start a war and increase news ratings. Bond has an in, though, as Carver is married to one of his ex-lovers, Paris (Teri Hatcher), who provides him with information that helps him and Wai Lin prevent a war.

The World is Not Enough

After an oil tycoon is murdered, Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is assigned to protect his daughter, Elektra King (Sophie Marceau). She had previously been kidnapped by the terrorist Renard (Robert Carlyle), who is suspected of the new crime. Bond follows the trail to Russia, where he meets American nuclear physicist Christmas Jones (Denise Richards). Together they uncover some surprising information which reveals that Renard is working with an unlikely ally.

Die Another Day

Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is officially suspended after being tortured in North Korea, but he uses gene therapy to disguise himself and pursues the case. Eventually he learns that North Korean colonel Tan-Sun Moon has had the same procedure and is disguised as a British billionaire named Graves (Will Yun Lee and Toby Stephens, respectively). Along with NSA agent Jinx (Halle Berry), he must stop Moon/Graves from using a superweapon to conquer South Korea, and also face off against Graves' associate, double agent Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike).

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Casino Royale (2006)

This film is a reboot, beginning a continuity unrelated to the above movies.

Bond (Daniel Craig) faces off against Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), who uses acts of terrorism to aid his financial interests. When Bond foils one of his plans, he arranged a high-stakes poker game to try and recoup his losses. Bond is sent along with fellow agent Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to win the match. Along the way he is captured and tortured, and learns that Lynd is a double agent, albeit one who is conflicted about her ultimate loyalties. Le Chiffre is aided by another villain named Mr. White (Jesper Christensen).

Quantum of Solace

Bond (Daniel Craig) investigates the organization Quantum, which Mr. White from the last film belongs to. They uncover a plot by environmentalist Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) and General Medrano (Joaquín Cosío) of Bolivia to put the latter in power, with the former getting a monopoly on the nation's water supply. Bond goes with fellow agent Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton) to stop them, and teams up with Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko), who wants revenge on Medrano for murdering her family.

Skyfall

After Bond (Daniel Craig) seemingly dies during a mission in Turkey, an investigation begins on whether M (Judi Dench) is qualified to lead MI6. Bond soon returns, however, and begins to investigate a former agent named Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a cyber-terrorist who blames M for his capture and torture on a mission. He is aided by a field agent named Eve (Naomie Harris) and Silva's not-quite-willing mistress, Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe).

Spectre

In the aftermath of the previous film, Bond (Daniel Craig) pursues clues left by M about the mysterious organization called SPECTRE, which is led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz). Working with psychiatrist Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the estranged daughter of Mr. White, Bond follows a trail that will lead to startling revelations that tie the villainous leader to his own past and loved ones.

“Bond 25”

This film is currently scheduled for release on November 8, 2019. As of yet, not much is known about the plot, though it is confirmed that Daniel Craig will reprise the role of James Bond, with other returning cast members rumored. The screenplay will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have done every other James Bond film since The World is Not Enough.

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