International director Taika Waititi discusses how his roots in indie film prepared him to direct major Hollywood films
Key Insights

  • ​The bigger the budget, the bigger the risks and the pressures.
  • Remember you're making a movie for an audience and that they should be able to relate to it.
  • No matter the budget, stick to your singular vision and voice and trust that they are valid.
  • Believe in your experience and process and what you can uniquely bring to a film of any size.
  • When working with editors, be patient with the process.

Taika Waititi is a writer, director, actor, and visual artist from New Zealand. Waititi wrote, directed, and acted in EAGLE VS. SHARK, and BOY, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to become the highest-grossing New Zealand film of all time. more...

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