It was posted by Fox Searchlight as part of their series of web videos where they get directors to discuss their craft.
Presented in four parts, he covers the following:
- How he almost became a fashion photographer
- Working with D.A. Pennebaker on the landmark documentary Primary (1960)
- His time directing live television at the BBC and moonlighting in commercials.
- The rising costs of movie making
- How perfectionism and pragmatism can make a good mix.
- Dealing with actors
- Matte paintings and the dangers of CGI
- Why comics are difficult to adapt
- How MTV gave Blade Runner a second life
- The problem of finding a good writer
- Why he finds storyboarding crucial
- Auditioning actors and the importance of good casting tapes
- Why comprehensive script read throughs are a waste of time
- Recording read throughs with principal actors on audio
- Working with actors on set
- Why he likes filming actors with two cameras
- Pitfalls facing rookie directors
- The importance of ‘just doing it’
- Art vs commerce and whether the general audience is smart or not (interesting answer!)
- Editing and the importance of cutting to music
N.B. The video contains some industrial language so don’t play it too loudly if you are in the office 😉