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“Make your own rules, because there are no ‘rules’ to making a film (even though industry insiders would like you to believe differently). Produce your own film. Learn how to paper your own film and do it. Learn how to budget and line produce your own film. Cast your own film. Crew your own film. Seek out mentors to advise you on these processes, being up front and honest with what you’re asking of those that have gone before you. Remember who called you back and who took the time to engage with you. Remember who ignored you and never returned your calls. Don’t take no for an answer. Believe in yourself. Set your ego aside and collaborate. And most of all, send the elevator back down when you get there because there’s someone else like yourself who needs a lift up.” — Rod Blackhurst, director of Here Alone

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