August 23, 2013

VIDEO: "Spectacle versus Character"

When people ask me what kind of movies I like, I answer: "Good ones". So it's not about genre. I would have a blast directing any kind of genre if the story and the characters were tridimensional. Like my friend Jack says wonderfully in this video: it's all about caring for the characters on the screen. Resonance, guys, resonance.

Director Jack Perez (Some Guy Who Kills People) illustrates why most FX-laden Hollywood blockbusters don't seem to resonate anymore. Chalking it up to severe lack of character development. Comparing Jaws to Jurassic Park and with references to Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, World War Z and one of Jack's personal favorites, Uncommon Valor - an 80s missing in action war drama starring Gene Hackman.

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