Just read a good interview with actor Ben Foster on www.fadeinonline.com. Here are a few quotes from Mr. Foster that resonated with me…
On directing (what he’s learned from Oren Moverman’s directing style)… “…if you do your research, and you do your homework, and you come in and create an environment that allows the actors to listen to each other, you can do no wrong. It’s all about protecting that space.”
On burn out… “Nick Cassavetes said something really lovely to me that I’ve held onto about some silly job that will go unnamed that I didn’t want to do…’Well [do it], [do it] if you have to, but just make sure you don’t blow your own candle out.’ And Hollywood will do everything, it will find every weak point in your heart and in your mind, and try to blow it out. And that may be by making your candle so bright that it just fizzles after a few years…”
On working with great actors (Al Pacino and John Travolta in the upcoming film GOTTI)… “Yeah, bring your A game, but they will raise your game. And then, on top of that, these are professional make-believers. These are people who refuse to grow up. These are full-grown adults in costumes.”
Trailer for 2009 film THE MESSENGER starring Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster. Directed by Oren Moverman.
If you’re at the beginning of your career as a filmmaker like me, and especially if you have a family to support, you’ll likely find yourself needing to do your creative work at the end of an already busy day. It is HARD to get going when your tank is already on E. Adam Pash over at Lifehacker writes about those critical moments between giving up and wasting your night, and deciding to get up and get creating.
The key, according to Pash, is just getting started. He makes a deal with himself that if he logs just 10 minutes on his project, he can go back to wasting his night away, guilt free. More often than not he finds himself getting caught up in a burst of productivity—always a welcome event in a moonlighter’s life. If you find yourself in the same boat, hop on over to Lifehacker to read the full article. I know I need all the help I can get.
Andrew Stanton of Pixar fame (“Toy Story,” “WALL-E”) shares about writing compelling stories that people connect with. Some great takeaways:
“Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.” – William Archer
“Stories affirm who we are.” – Andrew Stanton
“If things go static, stories die, because life is never static.” – Andrew Stanton
Watch the full video here:
Image by Jeremy Toeman @ Flickr.
I just read a great piece in the New York Times about the future of indie film as seen by Ed Burns. Burns, the director behind “The Brothers McMullen” sees indie films playing and making money, not in theaters across the country, but rather on your TV screen through cable and satellite on-demand programming. Maybe it’s nostalgia or a too-clear dream in my mind, but the thought of not seeing independent films in the theater makes me sad. But if the big screen won’t take us, maybe we just shack up with the small screen and call it a day. Burns seems to think that’s the way to go. What do you think?
El Abuelo is an official selection at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. The film screens alongside other locally-made shorts, including films from Juan Guardado, Brian Garcia, Dexter Gareau, Magdalena Ramirez, and Niel Kendricks, all with ties to my alma mater, SDSU. The films will be playing in the “Frontera Filmmakers” block, a celebration of short films from the San Diego/Tijuana border region. We’re honored to be included and excited to see the rest of the films!
Watch the El Abuelo trailer here.
Saint Valentine will be screening at the Riverside International Film Festival, which takes place from April 20th to April 29th, 2012. More details to follow!