Advice from Punk Anarchist Director James Merendino
We kicked off Cannes film festival in the most punk anarchist way possible by interviewing legendary director James Merendino of cult 90’s classic SLC Punk! (Exclamation point included in film title, but we’ll give it an extra ! because the film is just that awesome). James is coming out with the highly anticipated Punks Dead, a sequel of sorts to his first cult hit, told from the second generation of punks corrupting an innocent into their concert moshing ways. Every punk subculture, 90’s nostalgia kid is losing their minds over this news. James shared with us phenomenal advice given to him by producer Dan Melic, and which young filmmakers must here – it goes against anything we’ve ever heard before. ”
“Just make your movie. Dont go to film school, dont do any of that, just watch movies enjoy them and then see what you like […] Make features, don’t make short movies […] This was advice given to me by Dan Melic, a really big producer I worked for when I was twenty years old.”–James Merendino
CM: Best advice for aspiring filmmakers?
James: “Just make your movie. Dont go to film school, dont do any of that, just watch movies enjoy them and then see what you like. Make features, don’t make short movies. You cant do anything with short movies, you can’t sell it. This is advice that was given to me by Dan Melic, whose a really big producer I worked with when I was 20 years old. I showed him this short film I made, and he said, ‘James, you should have made it a feature, what are you going to do with that?’
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