I've admired Steven Soderbergh ever since I rented Kafka from the Ramstein AFB video stop on a whim. I didn't know who he was, I didn't know anything about Kafka except for The Metamorphosis, but that giant blue eye is still one of the most amazing moments I've ever seen in a film. For years, I thought i was the only one who'd even heard of the movie. Then he made Out of Sight and The Limey and I was hooked. Still two of my favorite movies. Ultimately, he's carved out a career like Billy Wilder (another of my favorite directors) trying out different genres and approaches. Anyway, this could be a book, frankly, and this is just supposed to be an intro for this lovely quote:
"Whenever I go and talk to aspiring filmmakers, I go, "Look, at the end of the day, I can talk about craft, whether you have a soul of an artist, I don't know." Your take on things is what is either going to make you somebody we talk about or no. You have to have a take on shit. It's got to be specific and engaging. We're all standing on the shoulders of what other people have done. But you're supposed to take that and add your own sauce. It can be intimidating, believe me. When I look at amazing work that's been done, I don't look at... Persona or Hard Day's Night and think, "Oh, I can do better than that." I just look at that and say, "That's fucking amazing," and say, "What about me can make it slightly different?" So it's not just a Xerox. Everybody steals, that's a given. If you steal a coat, what are the buttons you're going to put on it? Ego is something that everybody, creative especially, has to grapple with. You need enough ego to keep going but not so much ego that you're deaf or blind, that you're making a mistake and can't fix the course."