Take a chance and make it happen

Take a chance and make it happen

‘Making a film that’s supposed to be fun to watch is really hard – that’s the weird irony of it.’ Steven Soderbergh

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?

11 Replies to “Take a chance and make it happen”

  1. Old school –

    Martin Scorsese
    Oliver Stone
    Spike Lee
    Francis Coppola
    Roman Polanski

    Current crop –

    Nicolas Winding Refn
    Gaspar Noe
    Dito Montiel
    Craig Brewer

  2. Solid choices. Your ‘Current Crop’ (ie Newbies) are worthy additions – uncompromising visions, unique perspectives and independent. Particularly Nicolas Winding Refn. His career in many respects reminds me of David Gordon Green. Both directors have also become very prolific in recent years.

  3. I hear that DGG is directing a remake of Gabe’s favourite, SUSPIRIA. Should be interesting.

    Oh, and I forgot Darren Aronosky from the current crop list. Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler are tour de forces of modern cinema.

    And I totally agree with you about Soderbergh. Love his “one for you, one for me” mentality which allows him to bring to life his not so mainstream labour of loves. Gotta respect that.

  4. Frank Darabont
    Peter Jackson
    Terry Gilliam
    Jonathan Glazner
    Sam Mendez
    Spike Jonze
    Ridley Scott
    Guillermo del Toro
    Darren Aronosky

  5. Nope, just my strongest influences, and inspirations, Darabont and Jackson are probably the most inspiring, Darabont in his interviews about making it in film, and Jackson with his own story.

  6. Yes, I’ll add Darabont and Jackson to my list for their tenacity too. I’ll also add Robert Rodriguez for his ‘can do’ attitude. I think Sin City was a unique interpretation of the graphic novel format. I respect that Rodriguez has broken conventional filmmaking rules with his DIY ethos. His films are infused with his energetic outlook. (However it’s a shame that plot and characterisation are sometimes sacrificed as a result).

  7. Christopher Nolan
    John Huston
    Charlie Chaplan
    John Carpenter
    Howard Hawks
    James Whale
    Roy William Neil
    Michael Curtiz
    Wener Herzog
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Sam Pekinpah
    Paul Verhoeven

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