Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration

Really interesting interview with a master. Granted his work is in cinema and not photography but it may as well be with some of the cinematography in his films, and also there is a lot of wisdom that everyone will appreciate.

Is it important to veer away from the masters to develop one’s own style?
I once found a little excerpt from Balzac. He speaks about a young writer who stole some of his prose. The thing that almost made me weep,  he said, “I was so happy when this young person took from me.” Because that’s what we want. We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can’t steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice and that’s how you will find your voice.”

Article by Ariston Anderson over at the 99 percent.


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