Films are sold to paying audiences, not to other filmmakers.
Your style (more essentially, your personal genre) is your brand. Your identity is not.
You can never be the filmmaker you want to be – only the one you are.
Crowd-funding might get your film made, but it doesn’t prove you understand money.
Shallow focus does not equal ‘cinematic’.
Old Chinese proverb: “The handheld camera covers three mistakes: bad acting, bad set design, and bad directing”. Which is probably why you should use it…
Story outweighs technology. Don’t get hung up on gear.
Successful filmmaking is invisible to the audience. You’ve done your job well when no-one can tell you’ve done it at all.
A good director communicates their vision to a talented crew. A bad director imposes it.
Perfection is an unrealistic goal. Be open to accidents and suggestions.