Some people argue that directors are just people who are good enough at their jobs to do what they are asked to do, but the truth is, film is a tough enough artform to be filled with creative teams who are capable of putting on great art. It’s not such a difficult thing to put on great art. It was just a matter of having the right people to make that happen. I certainly hope that’s not true, but I really think a director is more important than an actor – but it isn’t as if you can’t get both.
Do you have any advice for aspiring film directors?
You must do your homework so much. You will be very lucky if you get lucky enough to get hired by an important studio that won’t screw with your idea.
The second one is probably obvious, but I say this all the time. And I am so lucky. I got an opportunity to work in this big place where the directors are so talented that everything they do seems to be based on something that just doesn’t work. Just look at the last one who is in the running for Best Director.
The best thing you can do for yourself as a film director is try not to just focus on your own process. Take yourself as a whole and see where the art takes you.
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