Christian Review Magazine Issue 3 - March 2015 - Page 12

working on a feature film, and with the Erwin Brothers? Some of the children saved by Pastor Lee and his team Jusarang Community Church in Seoul, South Korea. authority. I was the genius with a thousand helpers. So if I were to do it all over again, I would be the kind of director that I hope to be now. One whose job it is to get the very best out of everyone else. CR: Based on the quality of “The Drop Box,” you are a very gifted and talented filmmaker. Where do you draw your inspiration from? BI: My favorite director is Peter Weir. He’s made films like “Dead Poet’s Society,” “The Truman Show,” “Witness,” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” I like Peter because his repertoire doesn’t feel like one big movie, cut up into 10 or 15 pieces like Alfred Hitchcock or Wes Anderson. I also like how he deals with brokenness and friendship. It’s all very authentic. It’s a lot harder than you’d think to make truthful things appear 12 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW MAGAZINE truthful on screen, but Peter seems to understand how that’s done. Cinematic reality is not our reality. People don’t actually talk like they do in most movies. And that’s okay. Beyond him, I draw inspiration from lots of directors. I love how Steve McQueen uses the long take; I love how Frank Capra handles romance; I love how Stanley Kubrick sets the mood; I love how Rob Reiner blends comedy and drama; I love how Steven Spielberg pushes in on people’s faces; I love how Cameron Crowe talks about being uncool; and I love “The Goonies.” That one reminds me of how I made movies as kid. But more than that, it reminds me of how my friends gave up their summers to make them with me. CR: You recently worked on the upcoming Erwin Bro's movie “Woodlawn.” What was it like BI: The whole experience humbled me. I remember first seeing a trailer for “October Baby” and thinking to myself, “Hey, these guys get it. They actually get it.” Working with Jon and Andy was like working with my heroes. They were like fathers to me on the set. And by that I mean they loved me but also seriously challenged me to be more than just a student filmmaker who got a big break. I also got to work with real actors and Sean Astin even made fun of my skinny jeans. It was bar none the best filmmaking experience I’ve ever had. CR: Do you have any projects lined up for the future? BI: Yes, I’m currently working on a documentary called “The Jesus Revolution.” We’re taking a rickety old tour bus up the California coast, from Orange County to San Francisco and exploring the last great awakening in America. It’s a God adventure. Read our review of The Drop Box