Just Do It (Yourself).
You can tell the DIY movement is going strong by the explosion of crafts fairs this holiday season.
According to Wikipedia, “DIY subculture explicitly critiques modern consumer culture, which emphasizes that the solution to our needs is to purchase things, and instead encourages people to take technologies into their own hands to solve needs.”
Sujewa Ekanayake consistently upholds this philosphy, as it relates to filmmaking, in his blog.
I particularly like this sentiment from an earlier post: “Being an indie filmmaker, or being an artist of any kind, is its own greatest reward. For most people no amount of money is enough and no amount of fame is enough. But, if you think you’ll get your happiness primarily from being able to create & share movies – then being an indie filmmaker may lead to a rewarding existence for you. Everything, however, has a price. First & forever it takes a deep commitment to be an indie filmmaker. After that you need tools; luckily for you the tools you need to make movies are now much more readily available than at any point in the entire history of the medium. So now is a great time to be alive & active as an indie filmmaker. Jump in now if you’ve always wanted to do it, and if you are doing it, get deeper into it; for, I think, that – commitment/ perseverance/ getting it done regardless of the obstacles – is the path to all manner of success in indie film.”