Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Reitman for the Job

Thank you for smoking anybody? One of the great independent hits of last year? Well, the director, Jason Reitman came to talk to our school today. It was my first dose of stardom in terms of directors, so that was really cool. He's a great guy with a lot of good things to say about filmmaking. For those who don't know, he's the son of director Ivan Reitman (Animal House, Dave) and he talked about how even with that fact, it's been a hard road to get to where he is. And despite churning out an award winning hit like Thank You for Smoking, and working under a studio to direct Juno, he said he's still trying to make a name for himself. That he wanted to get to a point where he's trusted as a director, which really proves how hard the film industry can get. You'd think that after making a film like Thank You for Smoking, you'd be set - apparently not.

Again, he was a really cool guy who's made a lot of good films - be sure to check out his shorts if you get a chance. His breakthrough In God We Trust is a really good film. And of course, if you haven't seen Thank You For Smoking, be sure to check that out. It was a nice dose of stardom, and hopefully it'll be the first of many. Thanks for reading.

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