Magazine article Variety

The Variety Studio: Directors

Magazine article Variety

The Variety Studio: Directors

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Helmers discuss challenges and other hurdles in the biz.

"I really was just cruising the Internet looking at inappropriate material and I stumbled across this article called 'On Seeing a Sex Surrogate,' and it produced one of the most fascinating stories I've ever read."

BEN LEWIN, "The Sessions"

"The biggest challenge for me, given that we were creating this quite artificial world, was to find the balance between engaging the critical faculties and engaging the heart. "

"When I was making 'Pride & Prejudice,' I remember one of the producers saying to me that one in 10 first-time filmmakers makes a second film. "

JOE WRIGHT, "Anna Karenina"

"Getting it made (was the biggest challenge). Not the most fashionable subject, old people. ... Casting is certainly the most important part of the job. You're only as good as the script you've got to offer. And you've got to cast accurately. If you're off on your instinct on how a role should go, it's hard for a movie to recover from it. …

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