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Sep. 11, 2010by: George Merchan

"I went into college having no clue what I was going to do with my life."

There's an indescribable comfort in hearing those words come from someone who's become an undeniable master of their craft.

In the video below, writer/director and JoBlo.com fave Darren Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN) talks about the things that led him to become a filmmaker. And no doubt, watching featurettes like this are always a bit edifying as well as inspirational for those of us with a keen desire in wanting to pursue our own artistic endeavors. The video is only under 10-minutes long and definitely a good watch for anyone with an interest in the subject and/or the man himself.

If you see a cool video online you think would be perfect for this spotlight, drop us a line at yourvideos@joblo.com.

Extra Tidbit: Favorite Aronofsky film? For me, it's nearly impossible to say, but I can't deny the great love I have for his first feature PI.

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9:47AM on 09/11/2010
That was awesome.
That was awesome.
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10:08AM on 09/11/2010

Love this man

Great interview. Darren Aronofsky is the most consistently interesting American filmmaker working today. My favorite of his is Pi, which I was lucky enogh to catch in theaters, though I also feel a real connection to The Fountain, in part because it came about at a particularly trying time in my own life, but also because it is a beautiful film with my favorite performance from Hugh Jackman.
Great interview. Darren Aronofsky is the most consistently interesting American filmmaker working today. My favorite of his is Pi, which I was lucky enogh to catch in theaters, though I also feel a real connection to The Fountain, in part because it came about at a particularly trying time in my own life, but also because it is a beautiful film with my favorite performance from Hugh Jackman.
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10:18AM on 09/11/2010
This was great. Very informative.
This was great. Very informative.
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10:27AM on 09/11/2010
I'm going to go ahead and say this - the guy is well on his way to th status of cinematic legend, if he isn't there already.
I'm going to go ahead and say this - the guy is well on his way to th status of cinematic legend, if he isn't there already.
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12:10PM on 09/11/2010
I'm going to go ahead and second that
I'm going to go ahead and second that
12:00PM on 09/11/2010
I want to drink coffee and smoke cigarettes with this man.
I want to drink coffee and smoke cigarettes with this man.
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2:10PM on 09/11/2010
Requiem for a dream. It was the first film I ever saw of his and I could not get it out of my head for days. Aronofsky is such an awesome director and I can't even hate him for having Rachel Weisz just because he is so cool
Requiem for a dream. It was the first film I ever saw of his and I could not get it out of my head for days. Aronofsky is such an awesome director and I can't even hate him for having Rachel Weisz just because he is so cool
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4:03PM on 09/11/2010
Aronofsky is one of the best directors working today, I have yet to see a film of his I don't like. He brings out great performances from his actors, and some great music from Clint Mansell. I have to say The Foutain is my favorite film of his, but it took me a second viewing to appreciate it. I think the original trailer was somewhat misleading.
Aronofsky is one of the best directors working today, I have yet to see a film of his I don't like. He brings out great performances from his actors, and some great music from Clint Mansell. I have to say The Foutain is my favorite film of his, but it took me a second viewing to appreciate it. I think the original trailer was somewhat misleading.
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7:00PM on 09/11/2010
Requiem - saw it in the theater and was blown away... I think I was twitching by the end of it.
Requiem - saw it in the theater and was blown away... I think I was twitching by the end of it.
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10:09PM on 09/11/2010
That was great! Very insightful, informative, and interesting. The man rocks! Fave movie by him is most definitely "The Fountain"!
That was great! Very insightful, informative, and interesting. The man rocks! Fave movie by him is most definitely "The Fountain"!
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11:48AM on 09/13/2010
I have to say my favourite is Pi. I saw it on HBO when I was 13 and fell in love.
I have to say my favourite is Pi. I saw it on HBO when I was 13 and fell in love.
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2:54PM on 09/13/2010

aronoskys movies polarize ppl, im on the other side

pta >>>>> aronofsky tbmfh, im only addressing that based off they have pretty much the same amount of films, and with them being so limited, like 5-6 each, pta would be a cinematic legend, qt also, not yet aronofsky in my book (fountain, pi, were lame to me) requiem was great, wrestler was good for rourke, and i hope black swann is guud
pta >>>>> aronofsky tbmfh, im only addressing that based off they have pretty much the same amount of films, and with them being so limited, like 5-6 each, pta would be a cinematic legend, qt also, not yet aronofsky in my book (fountain, pi, were lame to me) requiem was great, wrestler was good for rourke, and i hope black swann is guud
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