I would say that most of the film I did — the biggest issue in the film business now is less, I think, about how tough it is to raise money. That’s been the case for a long, long time.
The biggest issue is the shortage of good directors. The film industry has three main creative pistons — the writing, the directing and the acting. Obviously there are other people who make huge contributions creatively: sets, editing, costumes, cinematography, art design — those people are invaluable. But I’m just saying the immediately identifiable critical elements of a film are the script, the director and the cast. That’s really what the money is raised on. The fourth element being the money itself.
Of those three creative elements — take away the money for a moment — the one that’s the most anemic right now is the directors unit, because there is an abundance of great actors out there. Tons of them. They might not be famous, they might not be the greatest at the box office, but there’s a lot of great acting out there. There’s a lot of great scripts out there. A lot of great, unproduced scripts.
Populism is just as hot a force, albeit with different parameters, in the GOP base as it is among Democrats. The bigger story of American politics to come has less to do with the presidential horse race than with a pattern that has emerged steadily since the 2008 financial meltdown: The economic grievances that fueled Occupy Wall Street and the tea party are two sides of the same coin, and someone in one party or the other is going to figure out how to harness that crossover political constituency.
It’s about moments in life that are great but don’t last.
They don’t go on, but you always have the memory and they have an effect on you. That’s what I was thinking about.
Sofia Coppola on Lost In Translation | via fuckyeahsofia-coppola
- Q. Which do you find more frustrating to analyze, politics or sports?
- A. Politics. I don't think its close. Between the pundits and the partisans, you're dealing with a lot of very delusional people. And sports provides for much more frequent reality checks. If you were touting how awesome Notre Dame was, for example*, you got very much slapped back into reality last night. In politics, you can go on being delusional for years at a time.
- Full disclosure: I said in a NYT video yesterday that I'd bet Notre Dame against the spread
I love Los Angeles. I know a lot of people go there and they see just a huge sprawl of sameness. But when you’re there for a while, you realize that each section has its own mood. The golden age of cinema is still alive there, in the smell of jasmine at night and the beautiful weather. And the light is inspiring and energizing. Even with smog, there’s something about that light that’s not harsh, but bright and smooth. It fills me with the feeling that all possibilites are available. I don’t know why. It’s different from the light in other places. The light in Philadelphia, even in the summer, is not nearly as bright. It was the light that brought everybody to L.A. to make films in the early days. It’s still a beautiful place.