Reposted from the Examiner.com Website.
Interview with filmmaker Antonio Saillant – part 2
To read part 1, click here.
Cendrine Marrouat: What is the story behind the title of the film?
Antonio Saillant: From my experience in the entertainment industry as an actor and producer, I learned to respect my craft and training. Then, I went into the theatre and was able to improve my skills and expertise with the assistance of many colleagues, all the best in their fields. They were true artists.
It is not so easy to be an artist, aspiring to a very high level of skill and expression, a genius level. I was and am fortunate to learn from a genius. That genius is Ted Kotcheff. I see people who lack the understanding of learning from everything.
By being exposed to as much as possible, our studies improve our contributions. Ted taught me to appreciate this and much more, especially in film, a collaborative effort with the director, such as Ted, leading us all.
It is not often that we come across special people in our lives that can truly make a difference. Ted, for me and many others, had been a mentor and friend. By far, the most prolific film and television director and producer, Ted had taught me his creative style, sensitivity and knowledge, which has not only helped me to become a better producer, but it has also inspired me to be a more confident and sincere person in everyday life. Ted’s leadership, direction and vision have affected not only me, but hundreds of his friends, admirers and peers.
When I consider all the time, energy, insight and talent Ted has shared with me, I want to graciously thank him. He has inspired many people through his devotion to both, work and family, his endless generosity, his kindness and his dedication. He’s enlightened us with his creativity in film and television that has earned him the respect of peers and viewers. He epitomizes the spirit of collegiality, of teamwork, of sharing his knowledge and sources selflessly as he stays positive and hopeful, always believing, “If I can survive this day, this week, this life, then you can too. If I can do it – become it – live it – love it – learn it – then you can too.”
This special documentary on a film master will inspire all its viewers.
CM: The narrator of the documentary is none other than Richard Dreyfuss. Why did you choose this particular actor?
AS: Richard Dreyfuss played his first lead role in the Canadian film “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz,” directed by Ted Kotcheff and then went off to star in a number of film, television, and theater roles since the late 1960s, including the films “American Graffiti,” “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “Stakeout,” “Always,” “What About Bob?” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1977 for “The Goodbye Girl” and was nominated in 1995 for “Mr. Holland’s Opus.”
To make an important note but when learning about this project Richard volunteered to narrate due to his close relationship with Ted.
End of part 2.
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