One Shot at a Time with Jay Russell
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How did you know you were destined for show business? 

For Jay Russell, it was his fascination for horror movies – but that’s not what he’s known for today. Jay Russell is an American film director, writer, and producer, known for his family films such as My Dog Skip and The Water Horse. He’s also directed dramatic, critically acclaimed films like Ladder 49

In this episode, Jay shares his journey to becoming a phenomenal storyteller, touching the hearts and minds of all that view his work. Jay covers everything from making home movies on his Super 8mm film to filming digitally for the big screen, and how aspiring content creators can follow their dreams. He also shares some of the best advice he’s ever been given as a filmmaker: take it all one shot at a time. 

Tune in to hear more about Jay’s life, career, and some of his most memorable moments on set, including working with the Oscar winner actor Joaquim Phoenix. 

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Some Questions I Ask: 

  • What made you want to become a director? (6:52)
  • What was your experience like directing your first few major films? (9:50)
  • What was it like to transition from creating family friendly films to dramatic and emotionally powerful films like Ladder 49? (13:25)
  • What’s next for you? (22:46)
  • How can listeners connect with you? (28:03)

In this Episode, You Will Learn: 

  • Why Jay now prefers to shoot on digital over film. (3:20)
  • What spurred Jay’s passion for film. (7:03)
  • Similarities between directing people and animals. (10:18)
  • Jay’s most memorable moments as a director . (17:29)
  • Jay’s advice to aspiring content creators. (26:45)

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