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Snyder's golden rules

03.06.2009

I don't think we ran enough WATCHMEN stories on the site this week, so here's one more for ya! Hehehe.... The awesome folks over at MovieMaker.com (stay tuned to our site next week for yet another great deal on their magazine) sat down with WATCHMEN director Zack Snyder recently, but didn't ask him all of the typical questions. In fact, they specifically asked him about his own "golden rules" of directing (a very cool ongoing feature in the mag), some of which we have listed for you below, and the rest of which you can find right HERE. For anyone living in a tree or under a rock, WATCHMEN opens wide across your country and mine today!

1. There are No Rules.
Every job, every story, every shot is different. And each time you do it, it’s like doing it for the first time

2. The Will to Suffer.
This is a phrase I got from my friend Marc Twight. He used it in reference to mountain climbing, saying that the person who can endure the most pain will be the one who succeeds in the end. That applies to moviemaking as well.

3. Your Point of View.
It’s the thing that is not right, not wrong. It’s the thing that can’t be put into a technical box. It’s the tone and texture of a story. It’s the individual way of looking at things that makes us different. It’s why we go to the movies.

4. Storyboard.
Storyboards are not for everyone. As a matter of fact, I think some movies would be seriously damaged by the storyboarding process. But for me, it is how I make a movie; it is how I structure a scene. It’s not a shot list, it is an edited sequence. And although it can all change later, it is a good place to start.

5. Movies are Pictures.
For me, visual style has the same importance as story, as character and as the environment. In the end, a movie is a series of pictures and I try to be aware of that at all times.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF SNYDER'S GOLDEN RULES

Extra Tidbit: Snyder apparently turned down the opportunity to direct 2003's SWAT because it wasn't gonna be R-rated. You gotta respect that!
Source: Moviemaker.com

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