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Tip Sheet: James Toback

The ”Black and White” director talks about making low-budget films

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HAVE CONFIDENCE
”You will never convince anyone to do anything unless you believe it should be done.”

DEVELOP A VISUAL STYLE THAT IS EXPRESSIVE AND ECONOMICAL
”I don’t mean pinched or stingy style. Quite the opposite. It should be a style that enables you to shoot more in less time — that enables you to get beyond the necessity of covering scenes in the conventional way, so that if you at least think you know what you’re doing, you can try ambitious things visually.”

AVOID ACTORS WHO FEEL THEY ARE DOING YOU A FAVOR
”For both practical and cinematic reasons, that’s deadly. Use people whom you’re excited by and who share your excitement…. The ideal collaboration is one in which the actor and director are saying to each other, ‘I can’t believe how lucky we are to be making a movie together.”’