Defining yourself by your taste is easier than defining yourself by any genuine stance on something.— Noah Baumbach
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As a kid, I thought of myself as a funny person who secretly wanted to be serious, but now I think maybe I'm a serious person who secretly wants to be funny.
A film set becomes its own family anyway, and all family dynamics come out during a shoot. The trick is hiring people who know how to handle that.
I feel a real connection to Brooklyn, certainly, because I spent 20 years of my life there, but I don't think of myself as a Brooklyn artist any more than I think of myself as a male artist.
I'm a huge proponent of therapy and analysis, but it's something that, in a nonprofessional way, can be abused.
Adaptations are fun for me because they connect to the idea of filmmaking I had when I was a kid. I would see a movie and think: 'I'm gonna make that movie.'
I'm always looking for overlooked post-Dylan singer-songwriter records from the '70s.
I wouldn't say 'Frances Ha' is autobiographical, but it's definitely very personal.
There are days when you're in a good groove and the actor really understands the part and comes as prepared every day as you are and is so inside it. And then there's the day where, for whatever reason, it's just a harder slog. And I feel like those are the days where all the preparation and everything becomes more necessary because you have to find a third route there.
Dance is a profession with an expiration date for many people.
I think anxiety is dangerous, but it makes you think it's your friend.
I try to procrastinate, if I can, productively, like I'll work on something else as procrastination. Or I take a walk. Because often I find, if you get out, more things come to you.
I'm interested in music as an extension of character.
I don't agree with the idea that my characters are unlikeable.
I realize how much I rely on the actors to really know the lines because I tend to forget what they are exactly, even though I've written them. I don't have them memorized. But when it's going well, there is that point where the actor starts to know more about the character than I do.
It's nice being friends over a period of time with people whose music you like so much, or other filmmakers, seeing people change, go through trials
Wes Anderson's films, 6-year-olds are crazy about them.
I think all my movies are about transitions to some degree.
You can be aware that something is idiosyncratic, and give it to a character, but keep doing it.
I think I was going through a lot of change at 27, but I didn't know it was happening until it was over.
Manhattan is so tailored. It's driven by appealing to the very wealthy and tourists.
I really like my first movie a lot, "Kicking and Screaming.
" I think it's a - I'm very pleased and proud of that movie, but it wasn't the - it wasn't "Citizen Kane" right out of the box, you know? It wasn't "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
Will Ferrell's made a lot of brilliant movies.
There was a telemarketing job one summer in high school that I was rejected for.
I still walk by the building that I actually had the interview in. It's still in New York, and I always think about that job and why I didn't get it.
I think I've always been drawn to the notion of talk as cinematic.
Peter Bogdanovich is a good friend.
I used a video camera, and shot on film cameras at school and stuff, but I had a lot more training as a writer. I kind of live like a writer. I get up and I write. I've done that my whole life.
We all have these notions of cool that come about at different points in our lives, and it's interesting in how it evolves or doesn't evolve in different people.
Being articulate, my parents could make anything sound reasonable.
I thought at the time of my parents' divorce that I was upset by deeper, more profound things and I was just taking it out on the joint custody agreement. But that disruption was bad enough. That was a huge deal for a teenager.
I love black-and-white movies that are about contemporary subjects.
I try to write 'and it's all very funny' after each scene description so that the reader can imagine the movie in their head.
I live in Manhattan now, because, in a way, it was my fantasy.
There's something really vulnerable about playing something that you like for someone. You don't know what their reaction will be.
When I meet certain filmmakers, sometimes you sit down and you do have some kind of shorthand. It can be fun to see them as someone who has been through similar experiences, but also as someone who just loves film. You can talk with them about films in a way that feels really free.
I'm interested in the way major events don't necessarily announce themselves as major events. They're often little things - the drip, drip of life that changes people or affects people.
When I start a movie, there will be certain films that I watch again just because the vibe seems right.
It's always really special to be at the New York Film Festival, and always a real privilege.
I think sometimes bad behaviour can be liberating for certain people.
They need to behave badly to find themselves - to go off path to find their path. You see it with kids all the time: They're testing boundaries, and I think that's healthy.
The real achievement of Woody Allen was that he was making movies that felt very personal, and for a whole group of people, it spoke to them. Then he became an archetype, like Groucho Marx or Chaplin.
I always viewed life as material for a movie.
I find a lot of writing happens when you're not actually at the computer. So I carry a notebook.
[Shwing] the really naked stuff I've dealt with in my own life, my own therapy and relationships - for me it just feels like a film I'm really proud of.
I made two movies very young, and then I had trouble getting a movie made, and so - which was both, I think, a plus and a minus. It was a minus because it made me unhappy.
I'm sure I've said some pretty bad pick-up lines.
Anyone who's putting money into your movie would always rather you cast well-known people.
I like to try to keep things as relaxed and easy as possible.
I mean, movies generally attract a lot of people who like to cause fires, so they can later try to put them out. But I don't like that kind of thing.
When you're around your family, and you have that history and that shared language, you say things you'd be embarrassed to hear quoted back to you later.
I always wanted to write movies that I'd direct.
I didn't come at it from a writing standpoint more than a directing standpoint, except that growing up, I didn't have the opportunity to shoot as much as I did to write.
I grew up in the heat of '70s postmodern fiction and post-Godard films, and there was this idea that what mattered was the theory or meta in art.