The film-maker who won the Palme d’Or for best film at Cannes in 2016 is a filmmaker who has given countless people their own personal story.
The film maker’s own name is Paul Thomas Anderson, and his films have helped shape a whole generation of film-makers, from Quentin Tarantino to Steven Soderbergh to Quentin Tarantinosque films like The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The best films are always a film about someone in a position of power or responsibility.
“Actors are the best storytellers, because they get people to think, ‘Wow, that person has the power, and they need to get it,’ ” says Paul Thomas Harris, who directed The Master, the 2016 Oscar-winning biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte.
“And it’s their story that gives them the ability to be able to talk about what they have experienced and how it shaped them.”
But it was not always this way.
“I think it’s always been a man’s job to create a story that is compelling and personal, but not necessarily to be the hero of the story,” Harris says.
“Because it’s not easy to do.
The way that people think about movies is they’re the stories of men and women.
I think that’s what makes the films we make, that it’s about people.”
In the mid-1960s, when Thomas Harris first heard the term “giver,” he knew he wanted to make films that talked about the stories that had shaped him, and the way he lived them.
“It was my idea to go to film school, and I was doing theatre classes and I started to make my own stories,” Harris recalls.
“That was the beginning of my passion.
I went to the film school in Los Angeles, and it was like a college experience, and then I did a production of the play The Crucible, and that was the real beginning of it.”
Harris had been working on a screenplay for a film called The Sorrows of Young Werther, a film that would have been a love letter to the work of his mother, a German-Jewish immigrant from Bavaria.
He remembers that he and his mother met while working on the same stage.
“She came in with a script of a play, and he had his own idea of the dialogue and the music, and she just loved it,” Harris remembers.
“He was really into it.
I remember sitting on the side and she had a great idea of what I would say.
I thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be great.'”
After a while, they became good friends.
“There was one time where I went and she was sitting next to me and she said, ‘I’ve just finished a play and I’m writing it and I just need to tell you about it.’
And I said, “Oh, great, we’ll just see if we can get this together, OK?’
And she said to me, ‘That’s very important to me.’
“So they wrote it together.
Harris was only 19 when the film was made, but he was already an established director.
He had made films like the movie The Thin Blue Line, starring Kevin Costner, and, most recently, The Grand Central Station.
When Harris was at film school a lot of other directors had tried their hand at producing films that could be released as feature films. “
When you make a film, the idea of making a feature film is to have a great story that has a great climax and great ending, and a big budget,” he says.
When Harris was at film school a lot of other directors had tried their hand at producing films that could be released as feature films.
“You can’t just go out and make a feature that doesn’t have a big impact,” Harris tells me.
“If you do, you’re not really trying to do anything.”
Harris was a student of film history, so he knew how the studio system worked, and how the money worked.
“The way the studios worked is, you put a budget and then you have to go and negotiate with the studio.
And you do a lot negotiating with the studios,” Harris explains.
“At first, it was all about getting that big budget.
They were always going to give you a lot.”
“The studios want the big budget, and you have a little piece of the pie, but they don’t want the whole pie.”
The studio’s job is to take care of their own bottom line, and to give their filmmakers the best possible shot.
In order to be successful in Hollywood, a director has to make sure they have the budget, they get the rights to the rights, and there’s an overall plan for the film that works.
So what did Harris do to make the film he wanted?
“I had the best producer, but the only way I could make it was to have the most money I could get,” Harris laughs.
“So I had a lot more creative freedom, and also I had the right people in the room, and