Several contemporary writers and directors have inspired me to make my debut film, The Hitman’s Cookbook: Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Paul Thomas Anderson, Chan-wook Park, Danny Boyle, Michael Winterbottom, Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, David Fincher, Michael Haneke and David Cronenberg.
In relation to Low Budget Filmmaking, one director in particular has really motivated me – Cannes and Oscar winner, Steven Soderbergh. Some will instantly recognise his name. Others will recognise his films:
Out of Sight, Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven (and Twelve and Thirteen), The Good German, Sex Lies and Videotape, Che, The Informant!, The Girlfriend Experience, etc.
Soderbergh completed Sex, Lies, and Videotape at the age of 26. Since then he’s directed approximately 30 films and TV episodes over 25 years. A workhorse! I also admire the diversity of films that fill his showreel. From low budget, personal stories to extravagant, ensemble adventures. Soderbergh continues to experiment with stories and technique, juggling independent films with studio fare. Sometimes he fails but most of the time he succeeds. He takes a chance and makes it happen. Less talkin’, more shootin’.
Which filmmakers inspire you?