Breakdown of the 2011 Directors Roundtable
Oscar buzz seems far now, but the Directors Roundtable has a timeless feeling as Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Peter Weir (The Way Back), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David O. Russell (The Fighter) and Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) talk about their work and feelings.
Here is a breakdown of the The Hollywood Reporter Interview. Often a question gets lost and after one or two persons, the discussion moves on to something else, but there are a lot of valuable information to get from this hour.
Breakdown of the THR Interview for the Director Roundtable
The Motion Picture Assocation and their Ratings.
(1’) Cianfrance shares his feelings about the NC17 rating for Blue Valentine. (3.30): Hooper talks about his vision of the ratings’ system in the US and toward feelings about the argument ‘You have to judge Violence contextually but you cannot judge language contextually.’ (7’) Weir talks about his past experience with the MPA. (8.30’) Aronofsky talks about the representation of violence and sexuality, and how the ratings system flipped the debate. (13’) O. Russell explains why The Fighter is light in violence. (19.30) Cholodenko talks about her experience, trying to please the MPA for The Kids Are All Right, and her regrets now.
Budget and Shooting Days
(14’) O. Russell talks about The Fighter’s budget and how directing became very instinctual once there is no room for doubt. (22.15) Cholodenko about The Kids… budget, where the money came from and how long she worked on it. (23.40) Cianfrance about the budget and how did he do for a living to survive while trying to make it.
Being a Director today
(27.30) Cianfrance about the evolution of the image of the megalomaniac director (28.30) Weir on how he communicates as a director. (28.45) how he works with actors. (30.45) O. Russell about losing his temper with Clooney (32.30) The qualities a director should have. Weir, Cianfrance, Cholodenko (33’): Cholodenko on with Annette Bening (34’) Weir on Studio notes. (35’) Aronofsky about the difficulty to raise money for Black Swan after The Wrestler. (37’) Hooper about being a director vs writer/director. (39’) About his input on The King’s Speech script and the importance to avoid a systematic Hollywood Ending. (41.30) O. Russell about his works with the family for the movie (46.45) Aronofsky on why he dropped off The Fighter (48’) about competitions between filmmakers (48.30) Why it worse to go to filmschool. (49’) about going back through his body of work (50’) Cholodenko about her experience at Columbia. (52) The films that inspired her. (52.50) Weir about going back to his work. (54.30) O. Russell and Hooper about revisiting their work. (56) Weir and Hooper on the area where they wished they had more skills (59.40) All: the films they wished they’ve made and never been able to.
(61’) Aronofsky about financing The Black Swan and Independent movies.
The Audience and people’s desire to go to the movies
(65’) Weir the new goal to reach audience. (67’) Cholodenko about things shifting. (67.30) Aronofsky about On Demand
If you enjoyed it, THR also made available on their website The Screenwriters, Actresses, Actors, and Animators Roundtables. I am also embedding the actresses roundtable because I’ve been unable to find their page on the website.