David O. Russell on having a vision

In the Lobby: David O. Russell

Check out what Russell has to say to Moving Pictures Network:

I think being a community organizer and an activist, which I was, and being a writer, which I’ve always been, is all about having a vision. If you have a vision, you get to lead the parade. People want that. They want someone decisive. They can have their opinions and their creative input and their collaboration, but people need — and they want — a decisive arbiter, someone steering the ship. There’s nothing worse than when you can’t smell the vision.

I don’t know if I agree with that last declaration, as only film makers get to smell the process.  As immersive as films have been and have become, they have yet to effectively conquer the olfactory barrier.  But I get the joke in his enthusiastic description.


  1. Rosebud · April 14, 2011

    Ha! Like Napalm in the morning…

  2. HakSnider · April 16, 2011

    Did he “smell” the vision when he got into a fist fight with George Clooney or during his epic fight with Lily Tomlin during the filming of I HEART HUCKABEES?

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