Forster in May 2013.
30 November 1969 |
Illertissen, Neu-Ulm, Bavaria, West Germany
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter and producer|
The key thing is that you start every film from sort of a blank page, almost like you discover it like a child discovers a new world.
For me, 'The Kite Runner' became about a guy who's emotionally shut down because he hasn't confronted his past.
I feel like every time I take on a movie, it's important that the possibility of failure exists, and of the unknown, because it's a challenge to do something I haven't done before and something I have to try to work out.
The interesting thing is that when you start out, people have no judgment and they see you young and fresh as a filmmaker – and because you have no experience yet, you're much more naive and think anything is possible.
What I'm passionate about is telling stories which mean something to me.
'Quantum of Solace' was a bit of a different circumstance than a lot of my other films because you're stepping into a franchise, and also in that particular film, we're dealing with a script from the writer's strike, which was difficult to handle because there was never time to really develop a finished script.
I always think it's interesting to switch genres, because if I read a script and I know exactly how to manifest a story, I don't really want to do it anymore, because I've already done it in my head.
Three days after my brother died, my father was in the hospital. He just did not want to live anymore. Before, he was fighting and loving life.
One of the main reasons I wanted to work on 'World War Z' was because I'm a huge fan of the book, and I love the idea of taking a non-linear story and creating a three-act structure out of it.
Even with my father and brother dying, I didn't quite process the grief.
I don't think people understand what it takes to make a movie unless they've experienced it themselves or been around it. It's a miracle every time you make a movie, and a bigger miracle if it turns out well.
On 'Stranger Than Fiction,' the script was so good that I stuck to every line because it was just such brilliant writing from Zach Helm that I felt like I really just want to shoot the page.