Film Independent's Directors Close-up

Wow. What an amazing evening. Jason Reitman is a directing guru. Really fascinating to hear his insights. Wish I'd written down more of what he said. Or recorded it. One of the things he said that struck me was that you can't make anyone else's film. (ie. don't try to reproduce a Tarantino-style film.) You have to create your own authentic vision. And this quote comes from his father who co-produced "Up In The Air". Paraphrasing: Don't worry about your barometer for comedy... It will never be equal to your barometer for honesty.

Next week's session is John Lee Hancock, the director of "The Blind Side". The Landmark in West LA is awesome, and there was a fully hosted wine bar after the panel.