If any filmmaker needs encouragement to really follow his passion he should watch Werner Herzog eating his shoes, literally! Once Herzog proposed to his good friend Erol Morris, that if Morris would ever finish a film, he would eat his shoes. So when Morris released ‘Gates of Heaven’, Herzog ate his shoes in front of a student audience, to proove that filmmaking is an act of commitment. Moreover he had some good advice for the students: “If you want to do a camera, steal a camera.”
See the short film about the incident at NY Entertainment.