31 Questions for New Filmmakers – Part VI

The Ethics of Creating is what these last two questions pertain to. Once again, these questions were posited by Ted Hope and I’ve had a lot of fun answering them.

I will start by saying that I don’t believe in ethics.  They are just prescribed morals.  I have morals that guide me, but loathe anything to do with ‘ethics’.  The word itself irks me.  That said, here you go…

Do filmmakers haveany responsibility to culture? 

No.   They have a responsibilityto tell good stories.  If those storiesare about a specific culture – then they should be giving the most honestglimpse into that culture they can.  But,this is a business and things are changed or sensationalized to pull the mostprofit.  There is nothing wrong with that– but eventually I think cinemagoers will see right through those filmmakers.

Do you feel thatbeing a creative person requires that you give back or tell a particular storyor not do something else? Why or why not?

I don’t feel that I need to give back or tell a particularstory for the reasons that this question is implying.  I do feel the need or yearning to tellspecific or particular stories because they have embedded themselves into myhead and are, for lack of a better phrase, bursting at the seams to getout.  The only one I’m responsible forpleasing in an ethical or moral way is myself.  

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