At 19 years old, Andrew Jenks moved into an assisted living facility to document the lives of its senior population. The result, "Room 335," was a wonderfully moving documentary about the joys of life, even at the end of it -- and it wouldn't have been possible if Jenks didn't pick up a camera one day and decided to take a risk.
When MTV News caught up with the 29-year-old filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of his latest doc "dream/killer," we asked if he had any advice for aspiring filmmakers. His answer was incredibly simple: just go out there and do it!
"Just pick up your iphone and start filming a story -- whether it's a documentary or a narrative -- that you care about," Jenks said. "Our generation has incredible access to technology... The ability to just go out and make your own movies is just incredible."
As any filmmaker knows, filming is the easy part. It's the editing that can really suck. But you don't have to splurge on fancy editing software to get the job done.
"The biggest hump is to just begin," said Jenks. "If you have a laptop, or your buddy has a laptop, they come with iMovie or some type of editing program. Even if it's not some ridiculously expensive Avid, they still do the trick. My first movie, I edited off an illegally downloaded Final Cut, which I probably shouldn't say."
See? Making a movie doesn't have to break the bank, but it does need time and commitment. So if filmmaking is something you're into, pick up your phone and do it.