It’s my job to try and make the audience understand something I’m trying to express. So, it’s not the audience’s fault if they don’t like something I did. It’s not the audience’s fault if they don’t get it. It’s my fault.James Gray
If I had to name the most eccentric conversation I have had doing this podcast, I would surely pick my talk with James Gray. I could write a whole essay on James and his life, but of course, that would be far too extreme for this.
Simply, James is a screen writer and film director renowned for his work with films such as The Immigrant, Ad Astra, and The Yards. No one I’ve ever met could rival James’ extensive film knowledge, both in history and technique. As you’ll hear, James truly devotes himself fully to his work.
In our conversation we spoke about numerous things regarding his experiences growing up, as well as his thoughts about film making, his role as a writer and director, and how he thinks COVID might affect movies that come out after the pandemic.
I spoke to James from his home in Los Angeles.
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- Growing up in Queens, New York
- From public school to private school
- High school film club
- Life long relationship with some teachers
- Learning about Shakespeare
- The challenges of the Superhero movie
- How films evolved
- Films as a mirror of society
- Watchmen graphic novel
- On recognition and validation
- The danger of being quoted
- Control in film making
- Working with actors
- The inspiration for newest film
- We still have hope
Links and Resources
Armageddon Time the movie
Armagideon Time, the cover by The Clash
Armagideon Time, the original by Willie Williams