From his $27,000 feature film debut with Clerks (financed almost entirely on credit cards) to his insanely popular speaking tours, Kevin Smith has been innovating his way to making a living in the indie film world for a long time. Over the past year there has been a lot of buzz about the DIY release strategy Kevin used to distribute his latest movie Red State, but also many detractors who have dismissed the success by claiming that “it only worked because it was Kevin Smith who made it”. Kevin recently participated in a Google+ hangout session where he described why he thinks this is nonsense and anyone can follow his example:
Anyone that tells you “oh he could do it because he’s Kevin Smith”—tell ‘em horseshit, man. That’s somebody who’s trying to tell you “don’t try, you can’t try, he did it, he can do it, you can’t do it.” Don’t listen to that shit man. Think of life and progress as a game—I always think of it in terms of a game of hockey. When you’re skating with the puck towards the net there’s always a motherfucker trying to hook you from behind, just to slow you up enough, ’cause nobody wants to see anybody succeed. So don’t listen to that. When you hear somebody go “well of course he could do it, he’s Kevin Smith”—those same assholes, before I did it, were like “it’s never gonna work, it’s dumb, he crazy”. And then when it worked, they didn’t go like “you know what? we were wrong”—instead they say “well only he could do it because he’s Kevin Smith” and I say horseshit. Kevin Smith wasn’t always Kevin Smith, nor was Kevin Smith the little kid that pulled the fucking sword from the stone.
(The relevant part of the video begins at approx. the 9:00 mark)
Via Boing Boing.