Guillermo del Toro - RT's Dinner and the Movies Interview
The visionary director spends an hour talking to us about his career.
Part 12 of 12: On the trouble with modern moviemaking...
Highlights from the video:
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The way we view film is really vertical. We look up to filmmakers in the way that we look up to classic painters or writers or so on. But the leeway for failure that we give a painter or a writer or a poet is far less public or far wider than a filmmaker has.
We're coming to a dangerous point in many ways, both as creators and as spectators we're responding to the model of moviemaking and screenplay writing that Hollywood has created and has been enunciated by people like Syd Field. Even people with a deeper cinematic culture, people that you think should know that there's no need for a "payoff" - they still can say, "That or that didn't pay off."
So many characters get thwarted that way because they're made to have logical journeys instead of emotionally charged journeys.