Rian Johnson’s (Brick, Brothers Bloom, Looper) Insights About Being a Writer-Director
Rian Johnson is one of this new directors that I enjoy following because I can relate to his trajectory and the way he talks about his work and career. (i.e. ‘I have very few social skills’)
After winning a Sundance Prize in 2005 at age 30 for his first feature film, Brick, that he had spent 6 years in the making, Johnson took his time to come out with a radically different-in-tone second feature, Brothers Bloom, and his latest film, a sci-fi thriller, Looper is out as we speak. (or as I write, really)
Johnson, who is a film-school kid, generally receives positive reviews from critics and cinephiles for his work but his first two features were not box office orgies.
If you feel there are similarities with Aronofsky‘s chronology, you might be right. Not than there is any other extra conclusion to take out from that realization but well, doesn’t hurt to notice random stuff, right Sherlock?
The excellent website making of met with Johnson between Bloom and Looper and Johnson talked candidly about his ‘career‘ (he puts the quote, not me) and how he works as a writer-director.
Using the same technique I displayed for Lena Dunham’s video, I decided to break the interview down into chapters for you so you can select what interests you, if everything doesn’t interest you; but if you are both a writer and a director, I would recommend to go for the full length version.
Use the Next or Prev arrows to move from one chapter to the other. Enjoy!
Thanks to @nofilmschool
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