We've always been a band who's taken forever to do things. After writing 'Persona' I think we wrote about four songs in three years!
Theres just something wonderful about getting a small group of people together in an isolated location, and theres something about cabins themselves that imply both horror and fun. When you go to a cabin, youre usually going to have a good time.
Filmmaking is incredible introspective. It forces you to sort of examine yourself in new ways.
The truth is, writing and directing are two very different jobs. They're not even remotely the same job. It took me a while, as a director, to understand that.
Ive found that if you just try to make the film you want, youll find the right audience. If you try to please everyone, youre going to make really boring films.
The more work you put in on your outline and getting the skeleton of your story right, the easier the process is later.
This is what I do for fun - brainstorm about monsters!
I do love writing but it is a lonely profession. You're lonely and optimistic at the same time.
With horror movies, a bigger budget is actually your enemy. You want to feel the rough edges, the handmade quality to good horror films. Its a genre that benefits from not having everything at your disposal.
The greatest villain of all time is The Joker - he always has been, and I don't know anyone who's not going to have Heath Ledger's performance burnt into their brains for the rest of their lives.
I happen to like things that are funny and dramatic at the same time. I don't see the difference.
Everything I've ever worked on has been hard to classify.
Some people like when it rains a lot. Some people like sunshine. The idea that there's one, all encompassing afterlife is strange. It doesn't seem to make sense because we're all such different people.
The most fun characters to work with are characters that are complicated.
I don't like nihilistic characters. As bad guys they're great, but as heroes they don't work.
In a weird way, it's much easier, when I don't have to worry about being a writer, to just worry about the director job, which is really fun.
I just go with what excites me.
What I'm looking for in my career, you know? You're looking for those lightning bolts of inspiration where someone says something that sparks an idea or suggests something strange.
That's kind of how I've based my career. I find talented people and beg me to let me work with them.
It's so rare that you meet your idols and they outdo your expectations.
I do feel there's certainly some films where you can feel that the directors don't care about the genre and they don't care about their characters.
All movies are alchemy and time is one of the ingredients that goes into the alchemy. You want the time to be right; you don't want to rush it. You need the right script, the right cast and the right feeling in the culture.
I try not to get too cute for cute's sake.
I love superheroes and I love weird horror films... I could definitely feel that there was a lack of movies like The Martian being made: smart genre movies that can appeal to adults.
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