Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Coppola - Student and Master

Francis Ford Coppola has been directing films for a long time. He's has made masterpieces like The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now. This interview with him is inspiring and humbling. Here's an excerpt and then the link to the full article. I came across this article on the animation mistro- Nick Cross's blog  Thanks Nick and thanks Francis... I contemplate in your honour.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve given to your children, inside and outside of the industry?
Always make your work be personal. 

And, you never have to lie. If you lie, you will only trip yourself up. You will always get caught in a lie. It is very important for an artist not to lie, and most important is not to lie to yourself. There are some questions that are inappropriate to ask, and rather than lie, I will not answer them because it’s not a question I accept. So many times we are asked things in our work or in life that you want to lie, and all you have to do is say, “No, that is an improper question.”

So when you get into a habit of not lying when you are writing, directing, or making a film, that will carry your personal conviction into your work. And, in a society where you say you are very free but you’re not entirely free, you have to try. There is something we know that’s connected with beauty and truth. There is something ancient. We know that art is about beauty, and therefore it has to be about truth.

You now have all the resources to do your own production, writing, directing. What’s the biggest barrier to being an artist?
Self-confidence always. The artist always battles his own/her own feeling of inadequacy. 

The full article is here -

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