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“Your Vision or Idea Must Have Stamina”: The Visit | Director Michael Madsen

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie?

I suppose that fear, a very strong term, when it comes to filmmaking, is if the film you try to make will turn out to be crap. The problem is to keep fresh your own initial fascination and trust that this will also be interesting for other people – simply because you find it interesting. And your idea or vision must have stamina, as when a film — as is the case for me — takes 3-4 years to make, you can become very familiar with even the extraordinary and both begin to take things for granted or underestimating the value of your material. So the real fear when making a film is making a lesser film that what you knew was possible.

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Sunday January 25 at 8:30 pm — Prospector Square Theatre]

Sundance 2015 Responses

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