On the back of its “Actors on Actors” series, Variety just announced the lineup of filmmakers who will star in this year’s “Directors on Directors” block.
In case you’re not familiar with the series, two directors — usually, who’ve shot two projects in the past year — are given the opportunity to interview each other about their careers.
This year, 12 directors will meet and sit down for video interviews, including James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Polley, and Francis Ford Coppola.
However, two-time Academy Award winner and nominee Taylor Swift Martin McDonagh will lead the charge in the first episode on Dec. 12.
If you’re not a fan of Taylor, you might be wondering how the singer made her way to such a prestigious group of directors — but don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Taylor will be there to discuss “All Too Well: The Short Film” – the 15-minute music video starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink that she directed to accompany the release of her song of the same name.
Since its release in November of last year, the short has garnered critical acclaim among fans and critics, with Taylor even presenting the project at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
This — and the fact that it’s only an Oscar and Tony away from EGOT status — has led to the widespread assumption that Taylor is hoping to get an Oscar for the project. Thus, participating in the Board of Directors is the next logical step to create some buzz before the nominations are announced next month.
With all this in mind, many people are still unhappy with the news that Taylor will appear on the series, with hundreds of users taking to Twitter to respond to the announcement.
One primary concern among fans was that Taylor might deny other directors some much-needed exposure and a chance to showcase their work.
“No disrespect but come on diversified,” one person said Wrote. “Taylor Swift made a music video/short film. How about calling on a director who’s been struggling for a while, who might really need some extra shine to his project, or themselves as directors?”
“This Taylor Swift thing actually bugs me like I’m literally doing short film festivals, do you know how long it would take for a short film director to get that kind of exposure like how many directors I’ve met who’ve been making shorts for years?” another person added.
Furthermore, others have suggested that it would have been a great opportunity for a more female output platform, Ton label From a filmmaker whose work in the past year seems to have been overlooked in favor of Taylor’s short film.
And despite directing many of her other music videos, there’s also the question of how much Taylor actually knows about filmmaking and how her experience making “All Too Well” will fare ahead of her interview partner, Martin McDonagh, with one person. Asks: “Was literally every other female filmmaker busy that day? …Your [Best Picture] The Oscar-nominated director is being interviewed by someone who has directed music videos.”
With this in mind, many have been quick to put the franchise into play, arguing that someone with relatively little filmmaking experience like Taylor appearing on the series is an “insult” to other directors.
“I’m sorry, but it’s really insulting to these directors that Taylor Swift is a part of this,” one person said chirp. She directed a ten-minute music video. The direction of the short film is great. But she directed one music video for an album. Could you speak to directing experience like this dir. Can?”
“There are a lot of talented directors out there because of years of struggling to hone a filmmaking career, and then Taylor Swift parachutes out thanks to some kind of privilege, pressure, and favors,” she says. echo.
Returning to what is supposedly the purpose of the interview, one person wrote that her “quest for new additions to her awards cabinet” is “tramplesThe work of other directors.
By agreement, someone else accused Taylor of using it.”stardomto try to get an Oscar just for her collection, noting that the short film categories are often used “by independent filmmakers to get their name out there” and to seek financing for their work.
But, of course, not everyone shares the same outrage, with plenty of fans speaking out to celebrate honoring Taylor for her creativity and storytelling.
“People in the tweet quote people acting like Taylor” takes on another female “You’re so close to trying again!” 1 user Wrote. “She also brings a unique perspective to the list: mastering a mix of visual and music media; building a directing career during covid. There are different areas in the industry of interest and value.”
It goes without saying that if there’s one thing that’s not up for debate, it’s that Taylor definitely knows a thing or two about telling a story.
“Taylor Swift totally deserves to be here, I don’t care what any of you say, she has a natural talent when it comes to storytelling, she has spent years observing and learning to direct abt,” a fan reads. chirp. “No amount of her crying Twitter quotes will make her any less successful and talented!”
Variety’s series “Directors upon Directors” will premiere December 12 with an interview with Taylor and Martin.
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