Thursday, December 13, 2007

Why I make Films

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to contribute to a magazine asking the question, "Why do you make films?" This question was asked to a bunch of new up and coming filmmakers.

Here was my answer.

Asking a question about why I make films is a complex question.
Not very simple to answer, it's almost like asking why do I breath.
So in some ways for me to make films is to live.
For me it has nothing to do with making money or being famous.
It's not as shallow as that.
For me film is an artistic expression such as painting or composing music.
It's a radical convergence of luck, art and patience.

Some make films to be famous.
Others try and try to say something profound but in the end really have nothing profound to say at all.
There is of course room in the big gooey pot of filmmaking for everyone.

And in the end no one is more right then the other.
That's what makes it an art form.
One might like Nora Ephron while others prefer
Gaspar Noe.

"The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things - but above all we must dare to fail. You must be willing to risk everything to really express it all."

-John Cassavetes


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