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This is a guest post by writer/director Jessica Powers. You can follow her exploits at

There is no step-by-step process to the fame and fortune of a “successful” filmmaker.

Does that surprise you? Have you surfed by expecting a surefire equation for becoming a successful filmmaker? I tried that, right after my college graduation. I sought advice, scoured the web, and tried to cobble together something that resembled a plan so that my family would stop giving me that “useless degree” look. Continue Reading…

Let me set the stage: It’s 2009. John Gray just won the first round at The Doorpost Film Project. Doorpost awarded us $30,000 to make a follow up film, more money than any of us had dreamed of before (and the team was P-U-M-P-E-D). It was electric.

But, we had no idea we were heading into one of the worst filmmaking experiences of our lives. The resulting film was called The Glass, and no, it’s not online, or on DVD, or anywhere else you can watch it.

So, what happened? Theories abound and it’s not worth dwelling on any of them, but what I can do is look back and identify my mistakes and learn what I can from them.

I present to you: 10 hard lessons learned while shooting The Glass.

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