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The only safe thing is to take a chance,” the late, great film director Mike Nichols, best known for making ‘The Graduate’, once said. And in the film universe with that chance, you need to gather a team that has trust, respect, generosity and courage. Not easy. If that’s not enough, a fierce independent style … Continue reading The Director’s Cut: There’s always a way!
Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery.” Celebrating diversity The American lawyer and author Amy Chua’s quote popped up on my Twitter feed the other day. I initially didn’t think much of it, but later on I pondered it a little more. What does she actually mean? Well, first … Continue reading The Director’s Cut: A sign of bravery
Losing my father in December was a very hard blow and being in Denmark didn’t make it easier. Bad, bad news I first got the news when I was having dinner with my family. It was my mother who called, and her first words were: “I have some bad news. Your father got a heart … Continue reading The Director’s Cut: Shock, sadness, numbness, surrealism
At the beginning of 2015, I confidently proclaimed to my wife: “Don’t worry, the movie will be finished in four weeks.” She gave me a look as if to say: “Yeah, right.” It’s almost Christmas and we are still shooting. “It’s 83.33 percent done,” I tell her. Lesson learned: always listen to your wife! The … Continue reading The Director’s Cut: On set with Shrek, swamp thing and Santa’s new cut
When you think about it, speaking is a remarkable thing, no matter what language is used. We use guttural sounds from our throat and mouth to communicate information and ideas to each other, and we can also code this via language and writing. Authentic adlibbing I love language, and I like Danish as much as … Continue reading The Director’s Cut: Language – Keeping it real
Popcorn Time, YouTube, Spotify, iTunes … ah the instant internet! Remember back in the 1980s when ‘Top of the Pops’ livened up our living rooms every 7 o’clock on Thursday – it was not to be missed. You would take out your tape deck and record the number one single of that week … so … Continue reading The Director’s Cut: The pitfalls of piracy
I’ve just wrapped up the shoot of my new film. Bake-off with Iron Man So it’s now time to bring it into post-production, moving from the hectic phase of gun and run to the relaxing but equally daunting phase of editing. My editing room is my leaky basement – the exclusive Venice suite, as I … Continue reading The Director’s Cut: Don’t wait for others – make it happen!
To offend or not to offend
After years of writing, rewriting and then more rewriting, months of preproduction, planning, casting, location scouting, rehearsing and crew assembling, it was time to go out and shoot a new indie film: ‘BAKERMAN’! This low-budget indie stuff is hard to do, but what else can you do as a filmmaker but just take what you … Continue reading The Director’s Cut: On the set of ‘Bakerman’
How an apprentice greengrocer left his sprouts to bear fruit to this country’s first ever films