The similarity between the big directors I’ve worked with is that they allow the writer to find a way of doing what they want done without saying ‘do it this way.’ They describe what they want, then letting the writer figure out a way to do it.
“…we made tests for the movie at a car wash in New York. We just came in and filmed something. Employees and clients looked at us like we were crazy…. But before they got to call the cops, we finished filming the scene.” ~ Robert Pattinson talking about pre-production work on the crime caper, Good Time, directed by Josh and Benny Safdie in early 2016. The film is expected to debut in 2017, possibly at Sundance.
I think shows that are completely dramatic are a lie. People use humor to cope. That is how we deal with things. In the darkest situations, there’s humor. And if you don’t show that, you’re not being true to real life.
“How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: ‘The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.’ This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don’t want this to happen to 2001.”
The worst thing you can do to a filmmaker is to walk out of his film and go, “That was a nice movie.” But if you can cause people to walk out and then argue about the film on the sidewalk … I think we’re all seeking dissension, and we love to affect an audience.