Director’s Roundtable: Cameron, Tarantino, Jackson & More!

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 7:15 pm,

Today we have something a little special for you Screen Rant readers – a roundtable discussion with some of the best directors in the business, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. The roundtable features (ready for this?) James Cameron (Avatar), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Peter Jackson (The Lovely Bones), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Lee Daniels (Precious). All at the same table!

The discussion is broken into three videos; we’ve posted one here and you can head over to THR if you want to watch the rest (and why wouldn’t you?). The one we’ve chosen is Cameron, Jackson and Co. talking about what they feel is the toughest scene to shoot as a director. Answers range from the big cinematic stuff to the up-close-and-personal scenes. It’s pretty damn awesome to see this bunch of great filmmakers talk about their craft all at the one table.

Enjoy:

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If you want you can head over to THR where they have the videos of the group discussing what they would do instead of directing and “Insider or Outsider.”

As usual, Tarantino is very talkative and a bit full of himself (all part of his charm! icon razz Directors Roundtable: Cameron, Tarantino, Jackson & More! ); what Bigelow said about shooting in a Palestinian refugee camp was especially interesting; and I was surprised to hear Jackson say that the big cinematic stuff wasn’t what was difficult for him on Lord of the Rings but rather the simple, intimate dialogue stuff at the table. He and Tarantino couldn’t be more opposite in that way, I guess.

You don’t get to see such a group of filmmakers come together and discuss what they do very often, so to see particularly this group together was really cool. I’d definitely love to see more of this stuff, perhaps rotating every once in a while with different sets of directors (for instance, I’d love to see David Lynch and Tim Burton discuss the film’s they make icon smile Directors Roundtable: Cameron, Tarantino, Jackson & More! ).

Thoughts on this amazing group of directors and what they said in the above roundtable discussion? Which other directors would you like to see at the table together?

Source: THR

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  1. I got the impression that Jackson would have rather been set of fire than be there talking about his craft..It was enjoyable though to see that many great directors in the same space giving their views on the film making process and different aspects of the Hollywood culture..

    Thanks for the post Ross :)

  2. Katherine Bigelow IS 58!!! She still looks great IMO!!!

  3. She also directed Strange Days which James Cameron wrote …I still have no idea what that film was supposed to be about..

  4. katherine almost 60????

  5. @ Jason

    Dude I was shocked..she looks like late 30′s ..she looks amazing for her age!!

  6. @Ross

    I have to disagree with Lynch and Burton discussing their craft because:
    1. My brain would never recover.
    2. Of all the Directors around at the moment theirs are the movies which leave me simultaneously baffled, inspired and elated.
    And ‘If you explain a magic-trick then it just becomes a trick.’

  7. Still [i]Strange Days[/i] is one of my favorites, however confusing and disjointed it may be. :)

  8. @jordi,

    I don’t mean necessarily EXPLAIN their movies (Lynch in particular never likes to give out meanings or explanations about his movies) but just to hear them talking about the process of making them.

    I agree about what you said of those two, though :)

  9. I have to agree with Jordi, a Lynch,Burton interview would be a bad idea. Burton might be OK but Lynch takes way too long to say anything. If they took turns answering questions Burton wouldn’t get a chance to comment unless he was constantly interrupting Lynch. I did enjoy the video interview of David, where he was asked about his visit to Skywalker Ranch when he was up for considering “Return of the Jedi.” The short version, the whole experience gave him a Wookie size headache…

  10. Wow, I was wondering when Tarantino was going to STFU so I can hear more from the other directors…

  11. DAMN!! I HATE WHEN THR DOES THIS!!! JUST HAVE ONE DAMN VIDEO INSTEAD OF SPLITTING IT INTO LIKE 30 PARTS!!!! THEY DID THIS WITH THE ACTORS ROUNDTABLE. AND I KNOW WE DONT GET TO SEE THE WHOLE INTERVIEW EITHER! THAT'S WHATS FRUSTRATING! I WANT TO SEE THEM ALL SITTING DOWN AND SAYING HI TO EACH OTHER AND HOW THEY INTERACT AND JUST HAVING ONE FILM INSTEAD OF ALL THESE PARTS. WHERE SOMETIMES THE INTERVIEW IS EDITED AND CUT UP! MESSED UP, HATE THIS!

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