Christopher McQuarrie on filmmaking: “McQuarrie along with his composer Joe Kraemer sit down to discuss some of their thoughts on filmmaking and motivations on certain scenes. Stick through until the end to find out the lessons McQuarrie learned from making his directorial debut.” —filmschoolthrucommentaries
Do you feel like working in the movie business is like working at the top floor of a building where the bottom floor is on fire?
Yes. Definitely. None of this is to say that you can’t do it and keep your soul. But, God, if I knew differently, if anybody had explained it to me… It’s why I do interviews the way I do: I’m trying to send a message in a bottle to whoever was me 20 years ago, to take a different view. Whatever you think the business is, it isn’t. And however important you think those early meetings are, they’re not. All that’s ever really going to matter, the only thing that’s ever going to be a commodity, is you and your script. Because if everybody could write screenplays, they would. Everybody thinks they’ve got a great story to tell. Everybody and their mother. If executives could do away with us, they would. If actors could do away with us, they would. And the writers that I see who are the most frustrated are the writers who cannot revel in the fact that the real pleasure of being a writer is: you’d love to get rid of me and can’t. I’m the nerd at the party. But I drove. Nobody’s getting home without my car! —Christopher McQuarrie Career Interview
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