Martin Scordella, the director of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘The King’s Speech,’ has talked to Deadline about the future for film, the current state of the film industry, and the best way to make films that work for audiences.
In this exclusive interview, Scorsella talks about what’s next for his career, how he’s enjoying the recent Oscar nominations, the best of his films, and what the future holds for the cinema industry.
Scorsellas current film, ‘The Last Picture Show,’ will be released in 2019.
Here is an edited transcript of the conversation.
When you first started shooting ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ in ’89, did you have any idea that you would one day be able to make a film that would take on a life of its own?
SCORSELLAS: I never thought that I would.
The thing that made me think that I could make this movie was, I wanted to make it in a time when there was a lot of love in the world.
And I thought that if I was able to have the passion and the talent, that I had to make something that people could be proud of.
So I had this vision of what I wanted my film to be about, but I knew that it had to be something that would be relevant to people, that it would have some kind of meaning to people.
That was the biggest thing, because I wanted this film to take on meaning for people.
When I got into that mindset, I knew I had a great chance to be a good filmmaker, to make people feel like they were part of something bigger than themselves, and to be able, with the passion that I have, to create a film with meaning.
And that was the thing that really got me into making films.
And then I also knew that I didn’t want to be just a director.
I wanted a producer.
And the more I made movies, the more it became clear to me that I was going to have to make them.
And so I started to think about making movies as a producer, and I thought, well, I don’t know how I’m going to get around to doing that, but if I do that, then I can work on a screenplay.
And as I was making films, I began to have this feeling that I needed to make my films as a writer, as a cinematographer, and that’s when I came up with this idea of what it means to make movies.
What’s the difference between writing and making movies?
SC: You know, in the old days, the people who did the making of films, like Martin Scorzel, and Stanley Kubrick, were the ones who actually were making movies.
And there was always this belief that there were only three things you had to do to make good films, you were going to write, you had a director, and you had an editor.
But now, as filmmakers, there’s so much that we’re learning in terms of how to make great films, the possibilities are limitless, the skills are so broad and so many, so the things that have to be taken into account are not the same things that you think you have to do, but the things you do do have to take into account.
So what you need to do is to find a way to take those ideas that are really relevant to your film and turn them into a film, because you want people to feel like you are making the film that you’re telling them is the best film you could make.
SC: So in terms to make sure that your films are going to work for the people that you want them to work with, you have the same thing as when you make a movie, you don’t want them thinking that you are telling them a story.
But you also have to find ways to make the story resonate with the audience.
SC (To a reporter): Are you asking me, are you asking you to have fun?
This is my question to you.
Are you saying, well if you can make fun of me, it’s a good film?
And then when I go into a movie theater, I feel like I’m actually getting to do something I’m passionate about.
So that’s the kind of relationship I want to have.
SC(To an interviewer): You’ve made films before, have you ever thought about making a movie?
SC(sarcastically): I haven’t.
You’ve got a lot more money now, do you think that it’s worth making a film?
It’s not about money.
It is about the relationship that I feel with people and the way I approach things, and making sure that I create something that they can relate to.
SC, you’ve made movies before, haven’t you?
SC.(Laughs): Oh yeah.
SC:, you’ve got the money, right?