Nov 14, 2012, Rm 511 in Dodge Hall, Columbia University, NYC
Professor Lance Weiler interviews Christine Vachon
Lance: Can you talk a bit about how you balance the director’s creative impulses with your producer’s financial mindset?
Christine: Creative and financial decisions are utterly intertwined. When a director tries to divide them, it has a negative effect on everyone. When you believe everyone is watching your back, it frees you to say what you think. At the end of the day, I know that anything Todd (Haynes) wants to do, I want to do.
Lance: Can you talk about the series? You said you’ve made six films since January. Can you speak to volume?
Christine: Nowadays, we make six movies and we make on six what we used to make on two, so it has turned into a volume business. But you can’t really schedule exactly when you’re going to make a movie. The casting, the locations, the financing and all these aspects need to come together. Suddenly the movie comes to life and you just have to run after it. But they all follow the model of “let’s take them to festivals and sell them.” We look into new ways of distribution, but the investors still want to do it the old way.
Lance: And why is that?...