Terry Gilliam Says What We Are All Thinking

“But you know, growing up in the San Fernando valley out there in the hills, with friends whose parents worked in the film business, I wanted to get in there and make movies. It wasn’t about directing. See I don’t think of myself as a director, in my mind I’m a filmmaker—there’s a difference. A director makes a script that’s given to him, I just want to make this thing that is in my head, and whatever job is required to do that, I will do that job.”

— Terry Gilliam “My Life in Eight Movies” (via Indiewire)

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The Weekend Reader – February 7ish

Folks, just a reminder that everything really is awesome:

In very brief yet larger and non-animated news:

How to get ahead in filmmaking (via The Guardian)

A career-spanning interview with producer Jeremy Thomas (who’s helped to make way more movies than you realize), right on the heels of the confirmation of High-Rise, led by the brilliant Ben Wheatley with the screenplay to be provided by Amy Jump.

Oh, and you know women- the people who make up more than half the population? Yeah, them. Well, in Hollywood, pay for women overall declines rapidly after the age of 34. Awesome. Hello retirement!* (via Indiewire)

*As an aside to this, if one more person equates a woman’s sexual desire/reproductive age with her ability to do a job- ANY JOB- there will be consequences. Just sayin’.

Until next week, a shout out to the Fat Girl Food Squad for making life more awesome. Awesome is the word of the week. Pass it on.

The Weekend Reader – January 24ish

A short and late list this week/end… But some really good reads:

1- A really interesting article from The Guardian on live theatre versus recorded broadcast of theatre productions. The article is really thoroughly thought out and well-written, but I’d like to dumb down its conclusions:

Not everyone lives in a place where live theatre is common. And not everyone can afford to travel to see theatre. Conversely, there are people who live in Brooklyn and never visit the Statue of Liberty. The stars aren’t always aligned for a live performance to meet an audience and, since we now live in an age where we can have live performances preserved, why does anyone feel the need to be an elitist prick about it?

2- An article from THR about Ride Along that seems pretty ho-hum, until you read the comments. There is a strange trend to break down movie demographics for films that appeal to women or minorities. Anyone know why that happens? Or if THR is more guilty than other outlets to do so?

3- The DGA, Lexi Alexander Getting Real and an Infographic. Women in Filmmaking at Sundance (via Indiewire) … I hate to say it, but the Sundance study seems to really lend some credibility to the hypothesis from many corners- including Lexi Alexander’s blog post- that women just aren’t given as much of a chance to work in Hollywood.

4- Yet another awesome ep of Scriptnotes. I know you’re probably already all over it but, in case you’re not, it was focused on female directors with guest Carolyn Strauss. Listen to it.

The Weekend Reader – January 17ish

Sooooooo late… But I guess better late than never? Anyhow…

More soon!

The Weekend Reader – January 10ish

Apologies for the lateness of this weekend’s reader, but I had to take time out to lose my mind a bit about a certain magazine that has a very short memory… Ahem. Anyway:

Happy reading (and writing) this weekend!