This is a page from Austin Kleon’s Steal Like An Artist. Yesterday we were sitting around the office and talking about our influences as filmmakers. Tim mentioned that he respects old films but perhaps his biggest influence are movies made in the 1990s, but also Tarkovsky’s Stalker.
Sunny mentioned classic movies, when they were still working out how things work like Charlie Chaplin. Sunny likes old time stuff and it reflects in her work directing Into the Woods recently, her writing, and as well as her acting and singing. Also, she loves Cirque de Soleil so she loves visually impactful performances. Tim likes the clean lines and clean visual effects, none of that shaky cam illusory stuff. In his writing he likes magical realism rooted in our natural environment and how it affects human life.
For me, my creative inspiration is rooted in my sophomore year of high school, when Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, and The Usual Suspects came out. From that, I can see a line of everything I do.
Reading Kleon’s book and this Jarmusch quote here I think about what we’re doing as a group. (I feel like “collective” is a word that is being used too much around here lately). I like that we’re creating and collaborating on things that come from other influences to build a new experience that is fresh and new in this area. It’s an exciting time for me right now, because finally I’m getting the chance to do only things I care about, which is the entire point of me coming up here.