The Filmmaker's Process
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Welcome Back, Podcast Squad!

Today's Question:

1. Who are some of your biggest filmmaking inspirations? What inspires you most about their work?

2a. What's unique about your filmmaking style, or about the stories you tell?

2b. Or, if you haven't really developed your own unique style yet, what do you want your work to look like in 5 years?

Before You Answer: 

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Rob's Answer: 

My name is Robert Hardy, and I'm from Denver, Colorado.

Right now, one of my favorite filmmakers is an up-and-comer named Jim Cummings. He's made a series of short films in the last year, all shot in a single take, and all of which are hilarious and sad and touching. The way he balances tragedy and comedy, and his ability to capture this kind of complex emotion in a single take is unmatched. I'm just in awe of his directorial talents, and I can't wait to see what he does next.

If I'm being honest, I don't really have a unique voice as a filmmaker yet. It's something I'm always working on developing, but it takes a long time and a lot of trial and error. Regardless, in the future I'd like my screenwriting to reflect the complexity and the weight of the human condition. I know it sounds super cliche, but we all have good impulses and bad, incredible strengths and fatal flaws, and a lot of potential that we struggle to reach. I find stories that touch on those internal conflicts to be the most powerful and resonant ones, so I'd like to spend my time there and do my part.

And, if I end up shooting my own work (I did start out as a DP after all), I want to emphasize all of that complexity through my compositional choices and lighting. I love visual subtext, and I want the images I create to be filled with this kind of meaning.

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