The Art of Art
If you set your goals
and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success.
Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No
matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your
friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director.
Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just
negotiating your budget and your fee.
Inspiration can hit you in the head at any time in any context.
It could happen in a conversation. Talking to someone at a party,
you can get an idea. But you've got to remember those inspirations.
Nature's imagination is so boundless
compared to our own meager human
To convince people to back your idea,
you've got to sell it to yourself and know when it's the moment.
Sometimes that means waiting. It's like surfing. You don't create
energy, you just harvest energy already out there.
I mean, you have to be able ‒ you have
to have made the
commitment within yourself to do whatever it takes to get the
job done and to try to
inspire other people to do it, because obviously the first rule
is you can't do it by yourself.
You know, in the film making business
no one ever gives you anything.
You have to not listen to the nay
sayers because there will be many and often they'll be much more
qualified than you and cause you to sort of doubt yourself.
I'm a storyteller; that's what exploration really is all about.
Going to places where others haven't been and returning to tell a
story they haven't heard before.
The magic doesn't come from within the
director's mind, it comes from within the hearts of the actors.
The films that influenced me were so disparate that there's almost
People call me a perfectionist, but I'm not. I'm a rightist. I do
something until it's right, and then I move on to the next thing.
I was always fascinated by engineering. Maybe it was an attempt
maybe to get my father's respect or interest, or maybe it was just a
genetic love of technology, but I was always trying to build things.
I feed on other people's
creativity, photographers, artists of every
kind. Sometimes a feeling that you get listening to a song can be so
powerful. I've wanted to write whole scripts around what I felt just
listening to a piece of music. I think music is important, and
surrounding your visual field with stimulating things.
I try to live with honor, even if it
costs me millions of dollars and takes a long time. It's very
unusual in Hollywood. Few people are trustworthy - a handshake means
nothing to them. They feel they're required to keep an agreement
with you only if you're successful or they need you.
It took me a long time to realize that
you have to have a bit of an interlanguage with actors. You have to
give them something that they can act with.