Robert Redford -(response) Due 2.28

houston_cinema_arts_festival_butch_cassidy_and_the_sundance_kid_robert_redford_paul_newman_november_2012After watching the documentary links and the linked articles, address two (2) of the following questions by Tuesday, Feb. 28 (noon). Please remember to attempt originality within your post and do not just reuse thoughts from your classmates.

1. What impressed you the most about Redford’s commitment to independent film? Why?
2.  What do you feel is the driving force for Redford to continue to create films? Explain.

3. So far this semester, we’ve explored other actors turned director/producer. Based on these materials, what do you think makes someone like Redford successful in multiple areas of filmmaking (acting, directing, producing)?maxresdefault

4. Redford, like Woody Allen is now in his 80th year, and continuing to make films. Why do you feel filmmakers like these tow are able to continue to work into their senior years? His interviews and the writing should provide insight.

5. Redford’s body of work explored nearly every genre including westerns, comedies, dramas and super hero films – after getting to know Redford through the reading and interviews -why do you feel he’s been able to achieve success in each genre? Explain.

6. Based on the interviews with and about Robert Redford, what have you learned about the world of filmmaking (mainstream or independent) that could be carried into “any” career path. Cite an example.

Read this biographical link on Robert Redford – it also includes a short bio/video: http://www.biography.com/people/robert-redford-9453490#synopsis

Watch this Robert Redford interview and although it focuses mainly on his performance in “All is Lost”, you get a good insight into his personality as well:

And watch this tribute: in this piece you get a snapshot of Redford’s life and his creation of the Sundance Institute: 

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19 thoughts on “Robert Redford -(response) Due 2.28

  1. Mallory Moore
    4. Redford, like Woody Allen is now in his 80th year, and continuing to make films. Why do you feel filmmakers like these two are able to continue to work into their senior years? His interviews and the writing should provide insight.

    I think that filmmakers like Redford and Woody Allen are able to continue working for so long because to them, it isn’t just work. Filmmaking is a form of artistic expression that they enjoy. Redford said in one of the interviews that storytelling was a big part of his background, even though his family wasn’t big on sharing emotions and personal problems in other ways. It seems like creating these stories isn’t just work for him, but an essential part of expressing himself. It’s almost like therapy, in a way. Doing artistic work can help people feel like they have a purpose, and it seems like to Redford especially it is important to always be looking out for your purpose and achieving new goals.

    6. Based on the interviews with and about Robert Redford, what have you learned about the world of filmmaking (mainstream or independent) that could be carried into “any” career path. Cite an example.

    From this material, it occurred to me that with any career path, it’s never to late to try something new or to make progress, and sometimes the biggest road block is yourself. In the biography.com article, it mentioned that Redford tried a lot of different things as a kid, like sports, but wasn’t very good at them. He got fired from several jobs and quit (or was expelled from) college, identifying as the “campus drunk.” In those moments, it would have been easy to look at himself and think, “Well, I’m a failure. I’m never getting anywhere.” But he kept going until he found acting. He didn’t stop there, but continued from stage to film, and then from actor to director and producer. I think it’s relieving to know that new career opportunities will always pop up, even later in life, you just can’t let yourself think that you are a failure.

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    1. Mallory – I love your thoughts about “artistic expression and therapy” and Robert Redford. I think for Woody Allen the therapy aspect of that is spot on.

      Anytime we can learn much more from our failures than we can from our successes. Thanks Mallory -NTMII

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  2. 2. Redford never feels that he has hit his benchmark in his films. He feels like there is always room to fix something or do something differently. When Redford looks backs on his films he isn’t impressed by them and feels like he could have done a better job. When he was younger his family always told him, “If something good happens there most be something wrong with it.” Now if you hear this all the time as a little kid and young adult, you are never going to feel like anything you do is complete. In a way this isn’t a bad thing because you should always have room to grow. Maybe not tell your kids this 24/7 but when you hear it take the good from it.

    3. Yes, Redford was an actor before becoming a director/producer but he didn’t stop acting. He enjoys being behind and in front of camera when he can be. Starring in the movie “All is Lost” made him remember why he loved acting in the first place. It reminded him how much love he has for acting and how much fun it can be in front of the camera. Some directors/producers enjoy silence but Redford is a fan of silence. He feels the value of silence is very important and that listening and talking go hand and hand. Also the fact that he feels he hasn’t reached his peak in acting/directing makes him special. Even though he is in his later years, he wants to keep learning and challenging himself.

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    1. Taylor – I think it would be difficult to never hear encouragement – only criticism. But for some people, that becomes a driving force forward.

      I loved the fact that he’s Redford is still reaching to get to his “peak.” That’s pretty amazing from someone at 80 years old. NTMII

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  3. Rachel Gann

    What do you feel is the driving force for Redford to continue to create films? Explain

    Redford turned to acting when his son died. He used it as a way to channel his emotions. He had not been raised to express his emotions openly so he turned to film and acting as a way of communticating how he felt. I think he continues to create films because as a young adult he saw it as a way to communicate how he felt and now he sees it as a way to allow others who are like him to communicate how they feel. He still sees film as a way to relieve one’s feelings through an artisitic channel and I think he still driven to create because he wants others to know that they too can use acting and film to communicate what they are feeling like he did.

    Redford, like Woody Allen is now in his 80th year, and continuing to make films. Why do you feel filmmakers like these two are able to continue to work into their senior years? His interviews and the writing should provide insight.

    I think they are able to continue to work because they don’t see as work. There is a saying that goes “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”. I think for Allen and Redford this saying is very true. Both turned to film/acting during a time in their lives when things weren’t going quite the way they expected and they saw it as an artform and as a refuge. I think they can still continue to make films because to them what they create are not just films, its art. They don’t see creating films as work, they see it as a way to express their emotions, to escape fromt the world around them. So even though both are in their senior years and could have easily bowed out of the filmmaking game, they don’t see what they are doing as work, they see it as a lifestyle.

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  4. 2. What do you feel is the driving force for Redford to continue to create films? Explain.

    I feel like ever since his son died, the emotions within him has thrived Robert Redford to continue on making and producing films. He says that he hasn’t reached his finishing point yet. He feels that there is still more to come for him and that he uses films as a source of communication for his emotions.

    Based on the interviews with and about Robert Redford, what have you learned about the world of filmmaking (mainstream or independent) that could be carried into “any” career path. Cite an example.

    I learned in the interviews that it is never too late to take a new path in your career or no matter how many bumps in the road you hit, it does not mean your career is over, you just haven’t gotten to the checkpoint yet. For example, it was said on the biography website that Redford was fired from many jobs even the one that he was working with his dad because he was not good at it. However, he continued to find his calling in life and as a result has become the best independent film actor and director and started the channel Sundance.

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  5. Haley Walker

    What do you feel is the driving force for Redford to continue to create films? Explain.

    I feel like the death of his son caused him to strive harder to continue to create films. It was probably a means of distraction for him. It was a way to cope with his death. Also, he seems to really enjoy his career.

    Redford’s body of work explored nearly every genre including westerns, comedies, dramas and super hero films – after getting to know Redford through the reading and interviews -why do you feel he’s been able to achieve success in each genre? Explain.

    For Redford, I think it was a challenge for him each time he found a different genre. He wanted to excel in not only one genre, but many. So I think he took that idea and ran with it.

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  6. 1. What impressed me the most was how Redford said we need more diversity in the industry. And, he’s actually right. If we do the same thing over again with the same kind of people, then the film industry will just simply fade away. Luckily though, there are different kinds of filmmakers that do something completely different every time, so you won’t see the same thing. Instead, you get a new adventure that will be fun and exciting to watch.

    2. I feel like the driving force for Redford to continue to create films was in his interview for ‘All is Lost’. He said, “Keep working”, and it may be only two words, but those two words have a lot more impact than you think. If you have one bad movie, then that doesn’t mean you just throw in the towel, it means that you just have to try again. For example, I did a movie with some friends at my first college, and it ended up being a modest hit. There were some problems, but not enough for me to say, “I give up”. I just simply have to learn from the mistakes and try again. It goes for all filmmakers. Some movies are bullseyes, and others are complete misses. But the important thing, is that you keep going until you reach where you’re going

    -Will Braunlich

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  7. Kate lamar:
    2. With him seeing the clips at a festival, he thought “That is terrible, you can see improvement, but not got to where you wanted it to be. At the time, you weren’t thinking about that, you were giving everything you could to your performance”. He got this from coming from a family, that in a dark situation in a movie, was a great piece, he thought something was wrong with the clip. From this, I think he goes back and look at his clips, and see what he can do or change in the next film, and make each film better than the last one.
    3. “My personal work, and trying to put something back that has been good to me. Artist and colleagues who have supported, and participated, I thank you deeply”. “In years to come, we embrace the risks, and sure things”. “In keeping diversity alive, it will keep our industry alive”. This is some of his points that he stated when he got the oscar. From this, I think it shows that you should always have people’s back, and stand up for people. When you believe in something, go and try as many things as possible. With the industry, it may be tough, but you have somebody there that is rooting for you. This speech just shows to you what this industry means to him, and how much he strives for.

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    1. Yeah … remembering that you’re never in the journey alone and that there are always others who had (and have) and impact on you is something that we can all carry with us. Thanks Kate

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  8. 6. Based on the interviews with and about Robert Redford, what have you learned about the world of filmmaking (mainstream or independent) that could be carried into “any” career path. Cite an example.

    After watching the “All is Lost” interview with Redford, I really started to see Redford’s personality shine thru. Although the interview was mainly about his work with the movie “All is Lost”, I really saw the critical mind of Redford. When asked about his successes in the industry, he was very critical in saying that he hasn’t reached where he wants go yet or even hit certain benchmarks. He also mentioned this being because of his critically negative family saying that even if something good were to happen in their life, it wasn’t to be expected. I think after gaining this insight to his critical personality and how he continues to keep growing and getting better, is a huge learning point in filmmaking that can be carried into any career path. I think if you settle with being “good enough” one will never continue to personally improve. Redford certainly never saw his work as perfect and continuously worked with everything he had to improve as an actor. One should not get stagnant or satisfied in any career and watching this interview with Redford showed his critical eye for improvement in his own career.

    2. What do you feel is the driving force for Redford to continue to create films? Explain.

    A few different forces I think continue to drive Redford’s force in creating films. One being his family life and the fact he wasn’t able to express himself when he was a kid. In the article about Redford, it stated that as a child, Redford was never raised to express emotional trauma and this lead to him pouring himself into acting. I think a driving force and outlet for Redford is still this fact that he doesn’t have to express his trauma himself but by taking on a character in a movie, he can pour everything he has into this character. I think this is a coping method for Redford and helps continue to drive him to create films.
    Also, when reading the article it talked abut Redford’s time in Paris, he started to see that he was uneducated in the issues taking place in America and I think this drove him to be more involved and to make a difference in this. I think this also drives him to create more films as he is now invested in the political side of our nation.
    -Kacy O’Connor

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    1. Great thoughts -it is amazing sometimes that stepping outside of our own lives we can appreciate and get a better understanding into the lives of others (or our society, politics, cultures, etc.) Thanks KC

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  9. Sthefany Flores
    2. I feel that it is his constant need to better himself. It is about telling a story but learning something along the way as well. Whether that be a filming method, an idea, or a way of acting on camera. He mentions that it is always good to revisit your roots which I find is an important step in his journey. To ensure that you know something well and to build upon that.
    3. I feel that from the beginning he was exposed to many roles in film. The industry is very multidisciplinary and some shine through in one or two sectors. However, because of Redford’s natural curiosity he was able to delve into other sectors and try his hand at it. It is hard work, instinct, and a sincerity towards the subject matter that has resulted in Redford’s success.

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  10. 4. Redford, like Woody Allen is now in his 80th year, and continuing to make films. Why do you feel filmmakers like these tow are able to continue to work into their senior years? His interviews and the writing should provide insight
    – As many others have mentioned, if you love what you do you will never get bored or hate it. This is true in Redford’s case. But the main reason I think he is still able to be successful is because he does not get caught up in what other people say about his work, he does not even like to watch his work. I think this makes the biggest difference. Creating work because you simply love it and you do not carr about other opinion makes the work so much easier and the time go by faster. So many successful people fall of short because they focus on what others say and make work just to please others but people like Redford, work because it is what they love no matter what the outcome.

    What do you feel is the driving force for Redford to continue to create films? Explain.

    In the documentaries about Redford everyone said that he was tough on the outside but no one really knew how emotional he was. I think the driviing force is not only the death of his son but the realtionship that he had with his father. He shows his emotions through his film. That is how he expresses himself and I feel like it is a way for his father to have a relationship with him. By watching his films. And I think he films not only in honor of his son but to feels like he can be connected through his son because of his films.

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