Feb 24, 2020
Filmmaker J.D. Dillard (SLEIGHT, SWEETHEART) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his journey through Hollywood so far. From the decision to not finish film school and instead round himself out by studying a potentially more useful skill set… to all he learned by working as an assistant/receptionist at Bad Robot while continuing to write and direct shorts… to his feature film directorial debut with SLEIGHT… to the importance of knowing how to keep a story tight and not overstay its welcome… to his latest film- the isolated creature feature SWEETHEART (currently available on Netflix)… J.D.’s successful career trajectory is the perfect example of the path Adam so often recommends in terms of starting out as an assistant while continuing to create during the hours outside of the office. Dr. Arwen provides emotional support/advice to a filmmaker grappling with a guilty feeling, Adam gets burned by a 7 year old, and the importance of understanding the business side of making movies is made incredibly clear in this extremely educational conversation.
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