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#TakeAways:AdviceforEmergingFilmmakers

Jessica Lipps
Jessica Lipps Mogul Influencer
over 2 years New York, NY, United States Story
#TakeAways: Advice for Emerging Filmmakers

I recently launched an interview series called Lipps On Life (http://www.LippsOnLife.com), which features conversations with extraordinary people who are living their dreams.  One of my favorite parts of each interview is hearing the advice of such successful people from a variety of backgrounds.

I've started a section of the website called #TakeAways where I keep a written record of each guests' advice, and I'm sharing it with you on Mogul!

This week's #TakeAways is by Jeff L. Lieberman, Director of The Amazing Nina Simone documentary.  During our conversation, Jeff and I spoke about his first film, Re-Emerging: the Jews of Nigeria.  That part of our discussion isn't included in his interview only because there wasn't enough time to add everything.  In it, Jeff shared a strategy that he used as a new filmmaker that I loved so much I had to share: 

"As  young filmmaker, I reached out to a lot of editors that I really respected and admired based on documentaries that I’d recently seen.  I said, "I’d love for you to work on this.  I have no budget but tell me what you think.”  One editor wrote back that it was impossible to take on unpaid or low paid work.  In response, I asked if she would consider looking at my cut and giving me feedback and then I’d pay for her time.  She said yes!

I knew how to push the buttons for editing but I needed someone else’s smarts to come in and say: this is not working, this is extraneous, this is boring, this is perfect, this should come earlier.  We went through the process about 3-4 times and I was so indebted to her.  She could look at my piece and give me all of this know-how that really made the film so much better.  Instead of paying for 100 hours of her time, I paid for 10, which was affordable and made the film possible."

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  • Ryan Nicole
    over 2 years ago

    great interview! it was cool to hear his story and what inspired him!

    great interview! it was cool to hear his story and what inspired him!

    • Jessica Lipps
      Jessica Lipps Mogul Influencer
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Thank you so much! I'm so glad that you enjoyed our conversation. I'm also inspired by Jeff's powerful message and the way that he beautifully expresses his passion for Nina.

      Thank you so much! I'm so glad that you enjoyed our conversation. I'm also inspired by Jeff's powerful message and the way that he beautifully expresses his passion for Nina.


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