Richard Linklater on being a self-taught filmmaker


An incredibly illuminating, relatable and one of the most inspiring commentaries you’ll hear. I’ve cut out only the moments where Linklater talks about his twenties, and the 9 years he self-educated himself in filmmaking. The fact that he has become a success on a worldwide level, is all the more inspiring.

A wonderful addendum to this commentary is this 40 minute interview from John Cassavetes. For those who don’t know, John Cassavetes is essentially the father of the independent film movement. He was the lone wolf, who began making films on his own on the east coast in the 60’s, mobilizing everyone he knew. His films are gritty, raw, and relying on pure emotion. They’re solid and inspiring.

Richard Linklater on indie filmmaking – Part I


One of the best to come out of the independent film movement in the early 90’s is Richard Linklater whose film Slacker inspired Kevin Smith to make his own Clerks three years later. Linklater is all self taught, who watched 600 films a year for 10 years, read books on cinema, and made short films before he set out to make a film of his own. The first of which was It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books, followed by Slacker which put him on the map once and for all. Hear the man talk a little bit about making films outside the studio system.