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Like talking to a Brick wall

30 January 2013

I was listening to an interview today with Rian Johnson, who you might know from directing last year’s hugely successful Looper. When I heard about that film coming out, and heard who was in charge, I thought “Oh, good. I like to see the guy from Brick getting work.”

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If you’ve not seen Brick, you really should — it’s probably the best detective film-noir that’s been made in the past 30 years. It’s an insanely good piece of work, which is why I was surprised to hear that it took Rian Johnson seven years to get it made. Not seven years to write it, mind you — seven years from the time he completed the script to the time it got made. Even then, he got a large part of the sub-$500K budget from his family. (I only point out the budget because the film looks so great you’d think it cost ten times that).

This guy believed in his screenplay enough that he kept plugging away to get it made for seven years. And he was right to do so, as it’s a great script that eventually became a great film.

Writing anything isn’t easy, but getting it out there and getting it read is even harder. Thing is, if you’re really sure you have something good, don’t give up. Keep plugging away. I won’t guarantee you’ll have the top-grossing film of any time period, but if you put in the work, something will happen for you.

As I’ve gushed several times about Brick, here’s a simple question — what’s your favorite film that not a lot of people know about?

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  1. 31 January 2013 1645

    Favorite unknown film? Also Brick.

    The dialogue in it is so badass.

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