‘Cinema Was the Thing That Saved Me’ : Lessons from Self-Taught Filmmaker Richard Linklater

by Peter D. Marshall

by V Renée.

Unlike a lot of other professions, filmmakers aren’t required to go to film school and graduate with a degree in filmmaking in order to find work in their field. In fact, many of the greatest filmmakers either dropped out or never attended college/film school, like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Stanley Kubrick.

Self-taught filmmaker Richard Linklater, in less an interview than a private soliloquy, expresses some very inspirational thoughts not only on filmmaking, but on life as a creative person, being a lifelong learner, and living day-to-day as a person who is obsessed with cinema.

Like an existential youth laying on the hood of his car looking up into a starry night, Linklater touches on different aspects of his filmmaking career – aspects with which I’m sure we can all relate to, namely, being self-taught.

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