I think that narrative fiction filmmaking is the culmination of several art forms: theater art history architecture. Whereas doc filmmaking is more pure cinema like cinema verite is film in its purest form.
I was very inspired by Les Blank’s film ‘Burden of Dreams.’ I think what’s unique about his film and the two I’ve made is that they’re close examinations of filmmakers and how their own emotional experiences reflect in the material they’re rendering and vice versa – how that material sometimes colors their own lives.
I’m fascinated by failure and I’m fascinated by finality. Shakespeare’s historical plays are more universal than his comedies because they relate to the finality of life. Without finality life would not be beautiful.
I always say be humble but be firm. Humility and openness are the key to success without compromising your beliefs.