There's nothing quite like the idea of failing spectacularly to excite a film maker
The world is an infinitely fascinating, tragic and humorous place.
I made my first film on 16mm. Then I began using 35mm.Then I began working in Hollywood. And I began to really understand how films were made by professionals. I have to say I wasn't very impressed.
I never had any urge or desire to do like a big spectacular movie with thousands and thousands of extras. I'd rather watch paint drying. But put me in a room with three people having a hard time, like a character situation, and then you're into a really intense portraiture kind of concept.
I like to work my camera as if it were a musical instrument.
In discussing the process with the actors, I made it clear to them that they could improvise but that the sum total of their improvisation needed to impart certain plot points, and schematic material.
The function of camera movement is to assist the storytelling. That's all it is. It cannot be there just to demonstrate itself.
The power of sound to put an audience in a certain psychological state is vastly undervalued. And the more you know about music and harmony, the more you can do with that.
There's a sadness to the human condition that I think music is good for. It gives a counterpoint to the visual beauty, and adds depth to pictures that they wouldn't have if the music wasn't there.
When I do the music, I make the musicians listen to what's happening in the film. That way they treat the dialogue as if it was a singer.
I started using film as part of live theatre performance - what used to be called performance art - and I became intrigued by film.
I might have a guitar or a piano on set to play something for the actors.
Films take up so much time, and with theatre, you do have to plan a period of time that you can be free.
You make sure that there's a structure that's interesting for them to play on top of, then do temp versions and try it on the film. By the time the players come to the recording session, I've found what works. So I'm not wasting their time.
I am intrigued enough to want to continue, and also to try and work with companies like Sony on modifying the cameras and making them more user-friendly and efficient.
I had no plans to be a director.
There's nothing I've done which I'm ashamed of or I thought was actually bad.
One of the things I love about cinema is the range.
I've held onto little musical sketches that I thought could be useful, and the more time that I spend doing them for each film, then the more I have to draw on.
I would certainly say that films like Time Code and the Loss of Sexual Innocence were far more rewarding to me in terms of being able to move forward as a filmmaker.
In a way, the history of jazz's development is a small mirror of classical music's development through the centuries. Now jazz is a living form of original music, while classical music has gotten to the end of its cycle in terms of exploring its form.
It's difficult working with very rich actors, because inevitably they become a little spoilt, and the managers and agents tend to control things more than is healthy.
I've spent my life hearing people trying to apologize for music.
But I don't have such a strong desire to need to get away from filmmaking.
Then I became interested in drama, and almost by accident, I drifted into film.
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