Shyamalan also discussed how the democratization of video is changing the film industry. He cited the positive, how “technology lets anyone tell their story which I absolutely advocate for,” but also pointed to the potential negative in that it can take the thinking out of the process.
“It used to be that you cut the film, tape it together, watch the cut, and then think through what’s working and what isn’t and how you can fix it," he said. "Now, with modern technology, you have five, six, seven, eight takes all at your fingertips instantly, and you stop thinking. We have to figure out how to use all that access in the right way.”
Throughout his 20-plus-year career, the one thing Shyamalan has always believed in (even when those huge movie studios didn’t) is himself.
“At the end of the day, if you don’t believe in you and your vision, why should anyone else?” he said.
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Singer, songwriter, musician, director, and Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl is a completely self-taught musician.
“I can’t read music–I do it by ear and a patterned mind. I can memorize arrangements, but don’t ask me to read music,” he said. “By never taking music lessons, I never thought there was any right or wrong, and in that thought alone there are beautiful imperfections. That’s what makes progress and changes music.”
Growing up in a household with parents who were passionate about music made it easy for Grohl to also fall in love with it.
“The first time I listened to drums was on a Rush album–that was it for me,” he said. “I set up pillows on my bed in the configuration of a drum and played along for hours and hours.”