Interview with Writer and Film Maker Mick Lexington

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I believe my most significant achievement will be my current project, Mr. Jack. I’ve never felt closer to anything I’ve accomplished.

Tell us about yourself and what you do.
I am a Writer turned Film Maker. I studied film in college but only recently have I exploited that education, I’ve been waiting for technology to catch up with me. I had an extended tour of duty, I left college before I graduated and moved to Paris with aspirations of becoming a painter but never made the connection and after a year I moved to London and started playing music. I did that for about 8 years and came close to a deal, but our label went bankrupt. After that I had no idea what to do, I moved back to the states, San Francisco and after dabbling in Photography for a little while began to write. I put two or three novels worth of work together, but as I said, Film Technology started catching up with me. Until recently, the cost of Film made it prohibited for a lot of people, me one of them, to participate. Today, you can make a film on your phone, there is no excuse not to.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?
In literature, Bukowski, and Camus. Cinematically, John Cassavetes and Fassbinder; apart from the creative content of each, which I love, they are both inspirational for their Guerilla spirit. They were never incombered by a vast infrastructure. They worked lean and fast. In life, by my friend Joe Strummer who I knew from my Rock and Roll days in London. Joe was one of the most honest men I ever knew, and it permeated his music and lyrics. He taught whether it be in art, music, whatever discipline; first get your foundation rock solid. Strip away everything that wasn’t essential to your cause, and then pursue it with a passionate intensity.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
I believe my most significant achievement will be my current project, Mr. Jack. I’ve never felt closer to anything I’ve accomplished, I believe the “greatness” is yet to come. Perhaps it could be found in the retention of my integrity. I never equated success with financial gain. A year ago I had I had 500K on the table to develop a TV series I wrote. The catch was I had to work with a producer that wanted to turn to turn my Drama into Disneyesque slapstick action thriller. I walked away from that rather than have the project compromised. And don’t think for a minute that’s not a decision I don’t question every day. Yet at the end of the day ‘Created by’ was going to have my name on it and what he wanted to produce was not what I wanted to be associated with.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break into the industry?
I would first ask, why do you want to get involved in film? I’m reminded of the Bukowski poem ‘so you want to be a writer?’ if it doesn’t come bursting out of you – in spite of everything, – don’t do it. – unless it comes unasked out of your – heart and your mind and your mouth – and your gut, – don’t do it.

Having said that, get your machines set up. Your Machine is everything that is not your creation, it’s the marketing and the contacts; the infrastructure and all of the paraphernalia that goes with it. Next, learn your fundamental like the back of your face. Commit them to muscle memory, that way when the time comes you can create at the speed of inspiration. And lastly, whether it be good or and, don’t give a fuck what anyone else thinks. Abandon all fear and trust yourself.

Film maker Mick Lexington: www.micklexington.nyc

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