Tom Hooper had done 'John Adams,' and David Lynch did 'Twin Peaks.' I figured I could do eight hours of television, and I wanted to.

Cary Fukunaga

Cary Fukunaga

Profession: Film Director
Nationality: American

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It's so easy for shows to be gritty and handheld and shaky and really tight in people's faces.

On 'Sin Nombre,' Adriano Goldman and I improvised a lot of things on-site. We were working with untrained actors, and you can't really block a scene in a traditional way.

I think I have this field around me that makes electronics work bad. It's not like an entropy thing; it happens very quickly.

You need the actors to feel as much ownership of the performance and the direction of the story as you do to get the most out of everyone's potential. Part of it is just making sure we all have the same vision.

I love the idea of 3D, but it's completely superfluous to most stories.

When I was a kid, I knew the black and white version of 'Jane Eyre,' and I guess I became interested in the idea of romantic love - of unrequited love and the tragedies of that; of what are the important things in life; what should one value over other materials.

I do want to direct a movie from horseback one day.

The theoretical casting part of movies is the funnest part. You really can imagine so many different versions of a story based on who's embodying it.

The anticipation-speculation that comes with a weekly schedule is a double-edged sword. Because people have more time to talk about things, some crazy ideas get a lot of attention.

I think about a Richard Avedon photo series, the kind of faces he gets of real people, which I find so captivating. Fellini was also great in filling his films with this ambiance, this environment, sometimes chaotic and carnival-like, but people's faces were always amazing.

One of my problems with a lot of things I watch is that everybody's too pretty, and it takes me out of the film because I'm thinking that all these people look like I've seen them in a cafe in Los Angeles.

Obviously, a lot of TV shows are based on chronological episode viewing, and the stories are contingent upon watching it in order. Syndicated shows, you don't have to watch in order. You're just watching characters that don't change that much.

'Jane Eyre' was one of those films that I was familiar with as a kid, and I always enjoyed the story.

I love period pieces. But it's hard to get money to make costumed dramas, so we'll see.