Meshes of the Afternoon

Meshes of the Afternoon ★★★★★

"The major obstacle for amateur filmmakers is their own sense of inferiority vis-a-vis professional productions. The very classification “amateur” has an apologetic ring. But that very word–from the Latin “amateur”–“lover” means one who does something for the love of the thing rather than for economic reasons or necessity. And this is the meaning from which the amateur filmmaker should take his clue. Instead of envying the script and dialogue writers, the trained actors, the elaborate staffs and sets, the enormous production budgets of the professional film, the amateur should make use of the one great advantage which all professionals envy him, namely, freedom–both artistic and physical... You have all this, and a brain too, in one neat, compact, mobile package. Cameras do not make films; filmmakers make films."

- Maya Deren, Film Culture, 1965

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