Barry Sonnenfeld

When I move from being a cameraman to being a director I looked at a lot of other cameramen who tried to make the move. And in each case they moved up their camera operator to be the DP, which really meant they didn’t want to give up being the DP, and really wanted to do both. And my feeling was if I was going to succeed as a director, I had to just be a director and give up the safety net of being a cameraman.

“When I move from being a cameraman to being a director I looked at a lot of other cameramen who tried to make the move. … Read More

When you’re done shooting, the movie that you’re going to release when you’re done shooting is as bad as it will ever be. And then through editing, and finishing the effects and adding music, you get to make the movie better again. So I’m really hard on myself and on the movie.

“When you’re done shooting, the movie that you’re going to release when you’re done shooting is as bad as it will ever be. And then … Read More

There is something about being a director where, for me personally, I get to . . . it’s the closest I’ll ever come to being able to be a stand up. And to use my particular sense of humor, and hear people laughing, without me having to stand up in front of an audience and tell jokes.

“There is something about being a director where, for me personally, I get to . . . it’s the closest I’ll ever come to being … Read More

The first cut I do is usually between five and 10 minutes shorter then the cut that we release. Anything I think isn’t working or might not work, I don’t even put it in the director’s cut. And usually it’s the studio suggesting I put stuff back in, as opposed to studios saying, “You got to lose 40 minutes,” they are always saying, “You’ve got to gain five minutes.”

“The first cut I do is usually between five and 10 minutes shorter then the cut that we release. Anything I think isn’t working or … Read More