No, ‘F/X 2’ was a job. I enjoyed doing it but that was definitely a job. I wrote that, I didn’t direct it but ‘Candyman’ and the earlier horror movies I made, I was completely into horror and suspense and always have been. It’s informed everything I’ve done, even the way scenes are shot in ‘Kinsey and ‘Gods and Monsters.’
I had a couple of movies that I was passionately involved with that I could never get made. ‘Richard Pryor,’ I wrote for – gosh – over a year. That was close to getting made for two-and-a-half years after that. We’re still pushing it, you know. It is weird. Suddenly you wake up and it’s like, ‘God, five years have gone by.’
The dubbing of the music and effects is really incredible today. You’re feeling gun shots. I mean, it’s not the way people say it is, but the gunshot sounds real. And cars sound real. Among the many things in the evolution (of movies) is to make the sound in the movie incredible. That’s what you feel.
I want people to think about movies and how we watch them. Let them know it’s okay to question the structure or how we’re sometimes duped into a false sense of normalcy. Most of all, I want people to question the old standard practices of, ‘This is how the structure of something should work,’ or, ‘This is how a character must behave.’
I think movies do play a valuable role in turning people on to the act of reading. I think that phenomenon just creates readers. At first they’re going to love ‘Harry Potter,’ or they may love ‘The Hunger Games,’ but after that, they’re going to love the act of reading and wonder, ‘What else can I read?’
I love all the old classic Disney movies. ‘Pinocchio.’ There are obviously tons of them that anybody growing up on that stuff takes with them their whole lives, and I’m an admirer of a lot of classic animation and fairy tales. I grew up on a book of Grimm’s fairy tales that I kind of wore out again and again. That’s all stuff that lingers with you.