Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Quotes.
I’m really grateful to Ryan Murphy for so much because he’s fearless. He’s so confident. He has a very unusual and unique way of seeing the world sometimes, and he’s somehow able to translate that into entertainment for the masses, at the right time in pop culture.
The fun of directing for me, other than working with the actors, is trying to extract those ideas that you have in your head and make them real.
As a fine artist I was drawn to composition and technique. I would count the cuts.
If you can make the day, you can do whatever you want.
Musicals and horror films can be very non-verbal and very pure cinema with movement. The camera is justified in being a character. It can really move and tell a story, and literally direct you to look here or there.
I just wanted to make movies, but I never though about, “How am I being perceived because of my culture or my skin?”
I still think that being thrown in a very competitive environment where you really have to see what you are made of – certainly when you come out of nowhere – was good for me.
TV is all new to me because I came from features.
To me film school was film history because there weren’t a lot of books out there that I had access to.
Horror allowed me to quickly switch gears.
At some point, you have an opportunity to not be a first-time filmmaker anymore. You can embrace the genre and show the world how you can tell stories on a bigger scale.
I don’t set out to do something weird, but if you see something a certain way and it’s a little left of center, and you can realize it, that’s a real thrill.
I was only driven to be the best and it was very disheartening sometimes that it took me so long to start getting my voice heard. That certainly started with television, but it was never because of where I came from, it was because people saw something in me.
The Ryan Murphy television world has assistants who have become producers and writers and. If he trusts you and you have a unique way of seeing his world, he nurtures you.
If someone already knows you from being in the trenches with you on this TV schedules, and then you have a little bit more time, it’s a treat for them, as well, because they can give you more.
Being exposed to the Ryan Murphy machine, it is very much a personal extension of him. So, if I can learn from that and tell longer stories that are quite personal, and balance that out with features, then that would be the ultimate dream.
I love visual stylists like Bob Fosse and Vincente Minnelli and Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger with The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffman.
I started in the P.A. world and craft service and storyboard artist, with the eye on the prize of directing. When I was directing second unit on Babel, I ended up casting most of the unknown parts. In these weird circles, I was this guy who found these kids on the streets.
It’s a great asset to you, on your first film, to bring some people with you from the television world because they understand the speed that you have to work with to get your grand ideas down.
NYU Film School was the way to learn about film, to be exposed to film, to go to repertory houses, to be exposed to New York and see films. I would go to the library and see one, two or three movies a day.