Interview: Menguak Sisi Personal Produser Film Dokumenter Peraih Oscar, Nick Reed

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Nick Reed (kiri) saat meraih penghargaan Piala Oscar tahun 2014

Dalam suatu kesempatan, kami berhasil melakukan sesi wawancara bersama Nick Reed disela kesibukannya menjadi mentor Jumpcut Asia yang digelar oleh Discovery Network Asia-Pacific. Jumpcut Asia sendiri adalah sebuah lokakarya selama tiga-hari di Singapura yang mengajak para pembuat film dengan cita-cita tinggi dalam menghasilkan konten untuk siaran global di kanal-kanal linear maupun digital melalui praktik terbaik DNAP. Jika kamu tertarik dengan program tersebut, dapat melakukan registrasi di tautan berikut ini karena pendaftaran masih dibuka hingga 11 Desember 2016.

Nicholas Reed adalah seorang produser film dokumenter Asal Inggris yang namanya berhasil menembus industri perfilman Hollywood. Belum lama ini salah satu karya dokumenternya yang berjudul ‘Heart Of A Tiger’ berhasil menyabet penghargaan perfilman paling bergensi di dunia, Piala Oscar. Selain itu, Reed juga menjadi orang yang bertanggung jawab terhadap beberapa konten video viral di internet untuk beberapa brand kenamaan dunia.

Simak interview ekslusif kami bersama Nick Reed berikut ini.

What make you interested in becoming producer for documentaries?

A story captured my imagination, so I was left with no option but to make the film.

As a producer, is there any specific experience or step or phase at interest you the most in movie production?

Just be passionate about a story – tell anyone and everyone and the rest will follow.

You were in the military prior to your shift to your world today. What made you take this decision? Also, do you mind to share your involvement in Hollywood especially when you work on “Hook” with Steven Spielberg?

As a teen, i was fascinated about becoming a pilot. My parents were not rich, so it seemed joining the military was a great way to achieve my dream. I joined the Fleet Air Arm of the British Royal Navy.  On the film HOOK, a British friend told me they wanted British extras for a big Hollywood film – they looked at my picture, thought i looked very English and looked like Robin Williams’ father and I was miraculously cast by Steven Spielberg to play Robin’s father in the movie – a total crazy Hollywood story.

As I learned from your biography, you’ve been through a lot of changes; from being pilot to an actor and then to be a producer and then consultant and now even you have your own movie production. Among all of these stages and changes in life you have, which “Nick Reed” that you like the most? Or maybe you still want to go to the level and be the Nick Reed that you want?

What a fun question.  I am restless in that I always want to learn, to try new things, as long as I can keep trying new things that excite me and keep growing to be a better person and father, I will be very happy. I believe that each step of my journey adds skills to make the most of the next journey. I am the sum of all my parts and within each there are amazing memories.

You are fond of sports especially soccer. Why don’t you make documentary about soccer?

Maybe one day. I need to find a story that speaks to a me – do you have any ideas?

What is your upcoming project?

I am working on a project that looks at the fact that soldiers have been fighting for years, but no one really takes a moment to think about what seeing and doing such horrors can do to a human being. In the USA, we all know that war veterans are killing themselves every day, maybe if we all understood better what War does to the soldiers, we wouldn’t go to war so easily. Then there are some more popcorn film projects and comedies that are just great fun, and don’t take themselves so seriously.

Nowadays, in this digital era, there are a lot of videos which easily become viral and also there are more and more vloggers on YouTube. In your opinion, as a movie producer, are these viral videos good enough and fulfill the aesthetic norm/value in both concept and content? What is your thought in this matter?

If a video gets millions of views, then it must have some value. Content now means so many things to so many people, but anything popular clearly has connected to the viewer regardless of length, production cost or star power. The internet means that people with similar interests no matter how small can be connected and share common interests – by watching the most successful of these types of films, it can give you insight into evolving cultural changes, particularly new movements in fashion, music and comedy for young people.

What is your opinion on movie industry in South East Asia and especially in Indonesia?

I am not super knowledgeable but i have enjoyed movies from Thailand, I actually love some of the videos from Thailand a lot, I have cried and laughed at Korean films.  I am sorry my Indonesian film knowledge is my weakest, please recommend a few films for me?

What makes you interested in joining Jumpcut Asia organized by Discovery Network?

Great stories work in any language, and my interest in learning means I love visiting new markets to better understand the culture. Discovery has a core interest in programming that works locally and globally – it’s great that they want to give back.  Bryan Seah (Head of Original Content at Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific) has a global interest in storytelling and a very inquiring mind; and he got me very excited about the developments in the region.

Do you think project like Jumpcut Asia may bring improvement and good benefits especially in the content of movies produced by movie makers in South East Asia?

I read and watch biographies because you can learn so much from what went before – the chance for filmmakers to learn from people who have gone before is an invaluable opportunity – first do – then teach.

What are things that movie makers in South East Asia and especially in Indonesia need to consider and pay attention on to survive in today’s global challenge in entertainment industry?

First think about who your audience is – globally young people have a lot of things in common – older people pay less for films and don’t go to movies as much. The more you understand your audience and know a great story when you hear one, the easier it becomes.

In your opinion, what differ movie industry in the US and in Asia?

I think mostly just the language – there are many many stories that work in both regions -humans want pretty much the same things.

Kindly share suggestions and empowering massages to our readers and young movie makers in Indonesia.

If you have a story that you like, tell some strangers your story – if the strangers look uninterested then either you need to work on your storytelling skills or the story is not strong.  Tell stories then stop at a key moment – if your audience asks what happens next you might have something.  Remember that there is an audience for any story, the trick is to make the film for the right budget. The size of your potential audience dictates the budget – you have to fit the production to the budget, and not the other way around for specialist films. Passion, passion if you truly believe never give in – FOREST GUMP: a multi-Oscar film took seven years to get made.

 

 

Author: Komang Adhyatma

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