Our own Erik Davis spotted a wonderful conversation between Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola on Tumblr fave Cinephilia and Beyond. Geoffrey Gilmore, then the director of the Sundance Film Festival (now director of the Tribeca Film Festival), hosts the interview. The knowledge and passion both men display is an engaging and inspiring listen.
Frequently compared, both men emerged from the revolutionary era of 1970s filmmaking and have created box office hits and intimate independent films alike. They discuss everything from the diversity of their filmography — which they accredit, in part, to the shifting landscape of Hollywood when there was no "middle man" to get in the way — and computer technology. Coppola's stance that effects are just another "shackle" for filmmakers hasn't changed much. Several years ago the director spoke out against 3D filmmaking.
Scorsese has a much different view. He describes computer effects as a "painterly" process during the interview. It's no surprise, then, that his 2011 film Hugo was a 3D historical epic that used inventive visual effects and won Best Visual Effects at the 84th Academy Awards. Watch the fascinating 50-minute interview, and learn from two of cinema's finest filmmakers.