November 2018 – Read the best of Filmmaker Interviews

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Touch the link and read 8 different interviews with the best of new filmmakers from around the world.

Dominic McCafferty (BOONDOGGLE)
Interview with Filmmaker Dominic McCafferty (BOONDOGGLE)

Bevin Hamilton & Rachel Murphy (INCALL)
Interview with Filmmakers Bevin Hamilton, Rachael Murphy (INCALL)

Marvin Nuecklaus (CROSSROADS)
Interview with Filmmaker Marvin Nuecklaus (CROSSROADS)

Max Mortl (ISLAND)
Interview with Filmmaker Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel (ISLAND)

Nick Dolinski (CLOUD COVER)
Interview with Filmmaker Nick Dolinski (CLOUD COVER)

Erik Bloomquist (SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS)
Interview with Filmmaker Erik Bloomquist (SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS)

Mark Howling (OBE: THE OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE)
Interview with Filmmaker Mark Howling (O.B.E. THE OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE)

Andres Passoni (3:32)
Interview with Filmmaker Andres Passoni (3:32)

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Happy Birthday: Martin Campbell

martincampbell.jpgMartin Campbell

Born: October 24, 1943 in Hastings, New Zealand

I like pre-production and post the best. I don’t like shooting at all. I find it grueling and tough, but I love post and the whole process of seeing the film finally come together. You start ironing out all the rough spots, and the really bad bits you just throw away. So from day one of post to the last day, you see nothing but improvements.

[on Daniel Craig] He’s a young Steve McQueen and I wanted to show that. As a first-time director I wanted to make sure I hired people who were good actors. That was really important, to make my life easier. Daniel is so on the cusp of becoming a big star, and I hope this is the catalyst.

GREEN LANTERN
dir. Martin Campbell
Stars:
Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively
Casino Royale
2006
dir. by Martin Campbell
starring
Daniel Craig
Dench
Edge of Darkness Movie PosterEdge of Darkness
dir. Martin Campbell
Stars
Mel Gibson
Ray Winstone
GOLDENEYEGoldeneye
1995
dir. Martin Campbell
Starring
Pierce Brosnan
Sean Bean
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Happy Birthday: Ang Lee

anglee.jpgAng Lee

Born: October 23, 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan

Married to:
Jane Lin (19 August 1983 – present) (2 children)

I think you look like a fool as a director when you talk too much about what the actors are doing. You want them to listen to you, but personally speaking, I don’t want them to just follow everything I say without processing it. This is a problem for Asian actors. They are so polite, and they’ve been trained to smile and nod and agree with everything someone in power tells them. I’m not looking for conflict, but I’m not happy if someone is repressing their feelings either.

The Ice Storm
1997
dir. Lee
starring
Kevin Kline
Joan Allen
Sigourney Weaver
Crouching Tiger Hidden DragonCrouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
2000
dir. Ang Lee
starring
Yun-Fat Chow
Michelle Yeoh
Crouching Tiger Hidden DragonCrouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
2000
dir. Ang Lee
starring
Yun-Fat Chow
Michelle Yeoh
MOVIE POSTERLIFE OF PI
dir. Ang Lee
Stars:
Suraj Sharma
Irrfan Khan
ConstantineBrokeback Mountain
2005
dir. Lee
starring
Heath Ledger
Jake Gyllenhaal
The Ice StormThe Indigestible Hulk

Discussing Lee’s Hulk and the new 2008 version

Take Me Home TonightTAKING WOODSTOCK
dir. Ang Lee
Starring:
Demetri Martin
Emile Hirsch
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Happy Birthday: Sam Raimi

samraimi.jpgSam Raimi

Born: October 23, 1959 in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA

Married to: Gillian Greene (1993 – present) (5 children)

I love the Spider-Man character. And that’s what’s at the heart of it. That’s why I really love it. But there’s another fun thing that I never had before where you make your movie and a lot of people see it and they seem to like it. So it’s like oh my god, I’ve always been the nerd, lame ass guy on the side, but I made something that a lot of people like. I know that won’t last for long, and I’m obviously riding the Spider-Man thing. He’s a popular character for 40 years. So anyone who makes a Spider-Man movie gets to make a popular movie. But it’s fun to be popular, even if it’s a brief, lame thing, and even though I know it’s not important. I can’t help it. It’s really fun and I know how quickly things turn in Hollywood.

THE EVIL DEADThe Evil Dead
1982
dir. Raimi
starring
Bruce Campbell
Ellen Sandweiss
DARKMANDarkman
1990
dir. Sam Raimi
Starring
Liam Neeson
Frances McDormand
ARMY OF DARKNESSArmy of Darkness
1992
dir. Sam Raimi
Starring
Bruce Campbell
Embeth Davidtz
Spider-ManSpider-Man
2002
dir. Raimi
starring
Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst
Willem DaFoe
Spider-Man 2
2004
dir. Raimi
starring
Toby Maguire
Alfred Molini
James Franco
Spiderman 3Spider-Man 3
2007
dir. Raimi
starring
Toby Maguire
Thomas Haden Church
Topher Grace
DRAG ME TO HELL Movie PosterDrag me to Hell
dir. Raimi
Starring
Alison Lohman
Justin Long
MOVIEEVIL DEAD II
1987
dir. Sam Raimi
Starring:
Bruce Campbell
Sarah Berry
MOVIE POSTERFOR LOVE OF THE GAME
1999
dir. Sam Raimi
Starring:
Kevin Costner
Kelly Preston
MOVIE POSTEREVIL DEAD 2
1987
dir. by Sam Raimi
Stars:
Bruce Campbell
Sarah Berry
MOVIE POSTERTHE QUICK AND THE DEAD
1995
dir. Sam Raimi
Stars:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Gene Hackman
MOVIE POSTEROZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
2013
dir. Sam Raimi
Stars:
James Franco
Mila Kunis

 

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Happy Birthday: Spike Jonze

spikejonze.jpgSpike Jonze

Born: October 22, 1969 in Rockville, Maryland, USA

As a feature film director you got to be a guarding dog of the whole production. You got to be able to hold 100 script pages in the head at the same time. If you miss a detail it’s wasted. I don’t know how the music video generation can affect the movie business, but I’m curious what feature films the English Chris Cunningham and the Swedish guy Jonas Åkerlund are going to make.

[on the origins of Her (2013) from his long-ago encounter with an artificial-intelligence computer program] For the first 30 seconds, I had that buzz, like, It’s responding to me! Then it quickly fell apart and you realize, Here are the tricks, here’s how this works. But what if I could sustain that forever? What would that be like? I wanted to take that idea as far as I could possibly imagine and feel.

Three Kings
1999
dir. David O. Russell
Starring
George Clooney
Mark Wahlberg
Ice Cube
Being John MalkovichBeing John Malkovich
1999
dir. Jonze
starring
John Cusask
John Malkovich
Where the Wild Things Are
dir. Jonze
Stars:
Max Records
Catherine O’Hara
Forest Whitaker
MOVIE POSTERJACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA
2013
dir. Jeff Tremaine
Stars:
Johnny Knoxville
Jackson Nicoll
MOVIE POSTERTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET
2013
dir. Martin Scorsese
Stars:
Leonardo DiCaprio
PJ Byrne
MOVIE POSTERHER
2013
dir. Spike Jonze
Stars:
Joaquin Phoenix
Amy Adams
Adaptation
2002
dir. Jonze
Starring
Nicholas Cage
Meryl Streep
Chris Cooper
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Died Today (October 21st): François Truffaut (1932–1984)

francoistruffaut.jpgFrançois Truffaut (1932–1984)

Born: February 6, 1932 in Paris, France
Died: October 21, 1984 (age 52) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Was voted the 27th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. He is the highest ranking director on this list who was a film critic before he became a filmmaker.

Was rumored to be a contender to direct The Stunt Man (1980), and to have used elements from that film’s source, the Paul Brodeur novel of the same name, in the story of Day for Night (1973), but he strenuously denied these rumors in correspondence published after his death, claiming that inspiration had come instead from Singin’ in the Rain (1952), 8½ (1963), and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952).

THE 400 BLOWSThe 400 Blows
1959
dir. Francois Truffaut
Cast
Jean-Pierre Leaud
Claire Maurier
JULES AND JIMJules and Jim
1962
dir. Truffaut
Starring
Jeanne Moreau
Oskar Werner
MOVIE POSTERTHE 400 BLOWS
1959
dir. Francois Truffaut
Stars:
Jean-Pierre L�aud
Albert R�my
Close Encounters of the Third KindClose Encounters of the Third Kind
1977
dir. Steven Spielberg
DAY FOR NIGHTDay for Night
1973
dir. Truffaut
Starring
Jacqueline Bisset
Valentina Cortese
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Happy Birthday: Mike Judge

mikejudge.jpgMike Judge

Born: October 17, 1962 in Guayaquil, Ecuador

[on the characters in ‘Silicon Valley’] These type of people, had they been born 200 years ago, would not be the wealthiest people in the world. You look at whoever the richest person in television is today, and they probably spent 20 or 30 years just working their asses off, staying up until three in the morning, writing episodes. And then you look at the Tumblr guy who’s a billionaire. There are these guys in college who were smart but introverted people who suddenly have a billion dollars, and they’re still socially awkward. That’s just great for comedy.

Office Space
1999
dir. Judge
Starring
Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston
EXTRACT Movie PosterExtract
2009
dir. Judge
Starring
Jason Bateman
Krista Wiig
Ben Affleck
MOVIE POSTERIDIOCRACY
2006
dir. Mike Judge
Stars:
Luke Wilson
Maya Rudolph
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