Q: Do you think that the “money-first, movie-second” quagmire many young filmmakers must face hinders their creativity?
DA: No, I think it totally expands your creativity. The problem with many big-budget films is that they have the money, and then they’re just walking though the moves. I think when you’re limited by your resources you have to get more creative. Your boundaries create your reality, and within that reality, you try to turn those limitations into your strengths. The bottom line is that if something doesn’t work, you have to cut it. You can’t just say, “Well, it was three o’clock in the morning, and my actor was barfing, and it was cold, and that’s why it looks like this.” You can’t do that. Either it works or it doesn’t work. Period. The end. So we didn’t even want to get into that situation. We basically asked, “What can we do?” And once we knew, we said, “Let’s push it as far as we can and make it as exceptional as we can in that direction.”