For anyone considering giving up their job and starting over in Hollywood, I may be seen as either a cautionary tale or an inspiration. It's too soon to tell. I can honestly say that this is how I want to spend my life. The day-to-day uncertainty of gigs is how a lot of people cobble-together their lives out here, under the shade of the Hollywood Sign and the marquee of Grauman's Chinese Theater. I suppose the inception of the idea to take the plunge was something that I heard Shane Black say at the Austin Film Festival a few years ago: "You can tell people that you write movies but then if you tell them that you don't live in Los Angeles they look at you kind of weird."
La Dolce Vita Sicko 28 Days Later Forks Over Knives Open City (1945) Silence of the Lambs Religulous Taxi Driver Before Sunset L'Avventura Star Wars Fearless (Peter Weir) Full Metal Jacket The Getaway (1972) La Femme Nikita The Godfather
David Simon, hands down, is my primary influence. I respect the level of research he did to bring the characters of HOMICIDE, THE WIRE, and TREME to life. And I'm currently going through a Chuck Palahniuk phase, starting with his novel, FIGHT CLUB.