Steven Spielberg sat down at the Director's Guild Saturday to talk about his career as a part of the DGA's celebration of its 75th anniversary saluting "game-changers" who have advanced the art and craft of directing.
What do a high school student from LA, a scientist who studies the DNA of whales, the president of a Central American Nation, a former Coast Guard Commandant and a Washington Post reporter have in common?
The writing process is remarkably similar to filmmaking: both writers and filmmakers need to plan their work, commit their project to film or paper and edit and polish their work until it measures up as both enlightenment and entertainment.
What happens when a profession becomes obsolete? Or when no one wishes to carry on a tradition? A tiny community of skin divers in the Korean Strait constitutes the last generation that will earn its living underwater.
David Brown, who produced some of the most notable movies to come out of Hollywood, told me that the most important job of a producer is to pick the director, to whom he surrenders utterly. After that, it's to provide lunch.