Monday, August 15, 2011

Herzog on snails, editing

Herzog: Woody Allen is like a snail. He makes a film a year. I make two or three films a year.

How do you do it?

WH: I make fast decisions. I know what I want to do. Projects are pushing me so hard that you can't even believe it. I have to wrangle them, like home invasion. How do you get the burglars out of your home how do you get them on screen? I edit digitally and you can edit almost as fast as you are thinking. Many of my colleagues lose themselves in the possibilities. They create 22 parallel versions and can't decide which one is the best. I just do one and do it straightaway with all the urgency of the material.

interview in the WSJ, 22 April 2011.