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Filmmaker Magazine Article “Always Have a Low-Budget Back-Up Plan”: Whit Stillman in Wroclaw

Ashley Clark at Filmmaker Magazine writes about Whit Stillman’s masterclass that he recently gave at the American Film Festival in Poland.  In the article Stillman gives a ton of great advice and it is well worth the read.

I’ve been reading some writers who say that they envy people who aren’t immediately successful as writers, because they do other work and live in other worlds before they become successful. For example, F. Scott Fitzgerald envied the fact that Joseph Conrad had had all that maritime experience — he was made a captain on a ship. Mine was much less glamorous and romantic than Conrad’s but I had a chance to work in several different worlds.

I was desperate for work in the film business, but there was no indie sector when I graduated [from Harvard] in 1973. I eventually got into selling Spanish films, even though it was a very bad business.

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At a certain point in writing the Metropolitan script, the actors were creating themselves and saying their own things.

You think that when you’re well-rested and prepared, you’re going to do your best work, but I found that if you’re trying to have silly, crazy stuff in the story at some point, then the opposite is true.

One of the most important things when you’re starting to write your first screenplays is to get a subject that you’re really fascinated with for a long time, and you think other people will be fascinated with — it must have some sexy aspect to it.

Whit Stillman directing The Last Days of Disco

Try to have a plan for how you could shoot it for no money. There’s probably a low-budget version of War and Peace out thereA solution to failure is to try to take control of what can happen. Do it yourself and take responsibility.

Whit Stillman to Receive Indie Star Award in Poland

Whit Stillman will be presented with the Indie Star Award in Poland, for his achievement in independent film, at the upcoming American Film Festival.  Past winners of the award were Todd Solondz, Jerry Schatzberg and Christine VachonFilm.onet.pl has the article on the event.

Film journalist Karolina Pasternak praises Stillman in the article for his honesty, humor and scathing irony in portraying social groups.

Whit Scarf

It also goes on state that all of Stillman’s films will be shown and that he will be on hand to give a masterclass.

Whit Stillman Invited to the American Film Fest in Poland

Whit Stillman has been invited to another film festival.  This time he will be in Poland in Wrocław for the American Film Festival.

The American Film Festival will be screening all four of his films, plus Whit Stillman will give a masterclass.  This is all starting October 23rd.

Please take a look at the program.

Whit Stillman Damsels in Distress Poland American Film Festival