Jonah James/ 1Take.TV [jonahjames]
What is your specialty? Production, direction, something else?
Production, artist selection (A&R), direction and editing
Is there a link to a site where we can see references to your work?
How did you begin in this field? Who introduced you to it?
Which have been the most symbolic works of your career?
The first film we made, the last film we made and all the works in between.
Do you work for a client, for the audience, or for your own creative adventure?
Our audience is our client, but we are our harshest critic.
What should a good script have in order to interest you?
Good structure and plausible characters.
Name three contemporary directors or producers that you admire.
Kurosawa, Vincent Moon, Woody Allen.
What movies or television shows inspired you to work in this field?
All the bad ones.
If an actor delivers the lines but is not believable, how do you direct him/her?
To his or her own experience/ pain.
What actor would you love to work with and what type of character would you propose to him/her as a challenge?
Clint Eastwood playing a gay man who is still in the closet. I'm not being facetious - I genuinely think that could be an Oscar winning movie.
Are you the type who instantly knows when a take is good, or one who does another three takes to be safe?
I know it when I see it.
What type of direction are you used to giving the director of photography?
Go with your gut and wear out the soles of your shoes.
How interested are you in image technologies such as robotized cameras, special effects, etc.?
When combined with talented humans, they become very interesting indeed.
Which has been your experience with conflicts between direction and production?
As we shoot everything ourselves, there is little conflict - it is more baout understanding what is achievable, as we are keen to establish the intention before we go into production.
Do you enjoy post-production, or do you prefer to leave that in the hands of other professionals?
I love it. It is the cooking, once you have gathered the ingredients.
Do you approach an editing session with a clear idea of what you want to do or with an attitude of experimentation?
What magazines or websites of the sector do you follow regularly?
What is the best movie than you have seen in the last year, and why did it seem especially good?
I can't remember.
Do you eat popcorn at the movies?
What do you think of public subsidies for cinema?
I think they can be excellent.
What respect does the reality phenomenon deserve? What experiences have you had with this genre?
I assume you mean the bad kind of reality TV, as opposed to documentaries, in which case I think it deserves a kick in the teeth, along with all the money grabbing jackwhores who make it. It is almost single handedly dumbing down the humans of this planet.
What works best for you when selecting an actor: an audition, seeing some of his/her previous work or having a long conversation with him/her?
All three, although the conversation will give me a better idea about whether or not I will be able to get a performance out of him/ her.
Do you like to have a second unit or do you prefer to control every still of a production?
If I find someone who I think is up to it, I trust them, but in the end, I need to be on top of every aspect of the production.
Do you change the dialogue after selecting the actors in order to adapt the characters to them?
Only if it improves it.
Which do you like more, large budget or small independent productions?
Do you like to experiment with new technology immediately or do you prefer to wait for it to develop?
I use it when it as soon as it comes within access of my budgets or sphere of influence.
Is the future of cinema the Internet? Mobile phones?
The Internet, or at least internet enabled TV, yes. Mobile phones, no, although once mobile projectors come online then we're talking serious change.
Does the concept of interactive video stir up creative thoughts for you, or does it leave you cold?
I don't think most people have the knowledge or the inclination - why mess with the cooking if there is a top chef in the kitchen?
What recommendations do you have for someone who wants to break into in the industry?
If you want to make films, make films. In this day and age the only thing stopping you is you.
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