In this video, Darren Aronofsky talks about film school, his early years, and gives advice to aspiring filmmakers. The man behind films like Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan, sits down for a Reel Life, Real Stories interview. He talks about his early years attending graduate film school at AFI, his experiences famously shooting Pi for $20k, and gives some worthy advice for up-and-coming filmmakers.
If you want to be a filmmaker the best thing you can bring to the world is your own story. There’s something that’s very personal to you and that you have your own singular connection to, that if it’s really important to you, there are people all over the planet that will relate to it. The mistakes happen when you try to figure out what everyone likes. Because the only thing you can be sure of is what you like. And the reality is what you like ends up being what a lot of people like, as we’re all going through a similar journey. That’s the magic of film. – Darren Aronofsky