The biggest difference a place like HBO and a broadcast network (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) is that HBO is a pay service and the networks are ad-driven. The networks have sponsors they have to keep happy. They need eyeballs to charge the rates they charge. They need to make sure they don't offend anyone. They have to make sure that people aren't using competing products on their shows.
Paul was really involved, Paul and Adam McKay when I came on the movie, that's when they started their rewrites. So we all got together with Marvel and we talked about what we wanted to bring. Adam McKay as we all know is an incredibly funny writer, but Paul is the one that I was really impressed with.
Imagine you direct your very first film and it gets the Best of Next Award at Sundance and the Emerging Artist Award for both director and actor at the Chicago International Film Festival. That's exactly what happened for first-time director Josh Mond and actor Christopher Abbott with the emotional, moving and the beautifully-made film, James White, out in theaters nationally this Friday.
Steven Cantor started Stick Figure right out of USC Film School. And before that, in fact before enrolling in his post-graduate study at USC, he undertook the daunting task of producing, directing and editing his own first film, which just happened to garner him an Oscar nomination while he was in his first year there.