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The knives in my apartment are only sharp enough to open envelopes with. Cutting a slice of coarse bread is on the borderline of their ability. I don’t need anything sharper. Otherwise, on bad days, it might easily occur to me that I could always go stand in the bathroom in front of the mirror and slit my throat. On such occasions it’s nice to have the added security of needing to go downstairs and borrow a decent knife from a neighbor.
It’s never really fun to have to cry in a scene, or anything like that. I just try to put myself in the characters position, and that helps. It’s never really fun, but at the same time, if you’re having a really bad day, it’s a great way to get out all of your frustration by doing a really angry or sad scene. That’s always a good release.
When the news is slow, or when there’s just so many other responsibilities bearing down on me that I don’t have the time to do it right, that’s when it gets frustrating. As an artist, you just don’t wanna put bad work out. So when you have to do it seven days a week, you’re just gonna have some bad days and bad weeks and bad months and bad years.
My filmmaking education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films. I learned the technical stuff from books and magazines, and with the new technology you can watch entire movies accompanied by audio commentary from the director. You can learn more from John Sturges’ audio track on the ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’ laserdisc than you can in 20 years of film school. Film school is a complete con, because the information is there if you want it.