Inspirational Quotes from Brad Anderson

It’s such a great city, visually. You can’t get that kind of look in Canada that you can get in Boston: the old-brick historical buildings, the winding streets, the old but funky neighborhoods like Southie and Somerville. You can’t get that elsewhere. It’s a very unique place in that way.

Brad Anderson

In terms of my career, it began in earnest when I was living in Boston. I started doing my own films, working initially as an editor and editing assistant – briefly – at WGBH, as an editor on other people’s movies, trying to get some experience under my belt, but eventually just doing my own short films, doing them my way.

Brad Anderson

I’ve never been in the studio world; TV is as close as I get to the more corporate approach to making entertainment.

Brad Anderson

I’m drawn to a story partly based on the fact that it’s something I might not be as familiar with.

Brad Anderson

I’m extremely excited about working with Troika on ‘The Hive.’ This script has two elements I always look for in a thriller – strong, believable female characters and a smart, very dark and very creepy story that will definitely resonate with large audiences.

Brad Anderson

Things have a tendency in the film business to fall apart more often than they come together.

Brad Anderson

What drew me into making movies is trying to make characters that step off the screen.

Brad Anderson

I’ve always liked dark, creepy movies, but for some reason, I started on the film scene with romantic comedies.

Brad Anderson

Persistence is half the battle. That’s what I love about independent movies. They don’t have to be made. There’s no studio with an agenda to set up a franchise like ‘Batman’ or to make a vehicle for a celebrity actor. My films are made because I love the process.

Brad Anderson

If you’re making a film, you’ve got to have one eye to the audience and one eye to what excites you about it, and sometimes it’s not the same thing.

Brad Anderson

I don’t know, maybe I just like to mix it up and have a more of an eclectic need to just try out new things and road test ideas and try out a genre that I haven’t done before.

Brad Anderson

I don’t see myself doing any comedies. I like comedies as much as anyone else; I just don’t really have a desire to do them.

Brad Anderson

My favorite filmmakers are in the Kubrick, Polanski kind of mold. I just like that world. I think it’s more cinematic and gets under your skin more.

Brad Anderson

I did a lot of traveling after college on trains through India, China, and Russia. I somehow managed to make it back in one piece, and I actually pulled a lot of the anecdotal experiences into the making of ‘Transsiberian.’

Brad Anderson

I like characters who aren’t typically heroic and come to some sort of epiphany about themselves.

Brad Anderson

I don’t think of the ‘indie film world’ as this cohesive kind of world anyhow. It’s so disparate: all these different filmmakers seeking financing from many different sources to make different kinds of movies. It’s hard to pinpoint a trend, really.

Brad Anderson

When I went to Sundance back in 1998, indie film was all the rage, and Miramax was throwing down five or six million dollars for several films each year. Those were the salad days of indie film, and those days are over. I’m not out there worrying too much about it.

Brad Anderson

There’s a difference between telling a story and not providing an explanation because you just don’t do it well or pull it off.

Brad Anderson

No one faith is necessarily superior to another. All explanations are valid and in some respects when it comes to the big mysteries of life.

Brad Anderson

As a filmmaker, you just make the movie you want to make, and you sort of put your faith in the distributor to make sure the right people see it.

Brad Anderson

‘Session 9’ used light and darkness to create atmosphere.

Brad Anderson

I just like stories in which characters are struggling with something, whether it’s an external force like in ‘Vanishing,’ or in ‘Session 9,’ where it’s more of a monster within the mind.

Brad Anderson

I find psychological thrillers interesting both dramatically and visually.

Brad Anderson

As a species, we’ve always been interested in what happens when we’re no longer around, all the way back to ‘Revelations’ in ‘The New Testament.’

Brad Anderson

There’s something bizarrely funny about a guy who doesn’t realise he’s, in essence, a dog chasing his own tail.

Brad Anderson

We all have aspects of ourselves that we my not be aware of. Actors in particular – they have multiple personality disorder. They get paid a lot of money to exhibit that.

Brad Anderson

I don’t think anyone can call a movie like ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ a horror movie. It’s a jolt. It’s a series of jolts followed by a quick one-liner that’s wallpapered with an MTV rock & roll soundtrack. That’s not horror to me.

Brad Anderson

True horror, I think, deals with dread and menace and gets under your skin.

Brad Anderson

I think it is harder to scare young people because there is an ironic hipster stance that you have to take in relation to pop culture. You know you’re being manipulated. People are so aware of the manipulation. We’re all aware that movies toy with us and pull our strings. There was a time when people just didn’t acknowledge that as much.

Brad Anderson

Part of my reason for ‘Session 9’ was to break out, to destroy the illusion of me as ‘Mr. Romantic Comedy Guy.’

Brad Anderson

‘Session 9’ can be interpreted in different ways. You can get the sense that Gordon breathes in an evil spirit but can also be read as a much more clinical movie that shows a man who becomes unhinged or may be going mad. An inspiration was Nicolas Roeg’s ‘Don’t Look Now.’

Brad Anderson

If you’re making a smaller movie, you’re almost obligated to do something unexpected and surprising.

Brad Anderson

You don’t fall in love with someone because they’re perfect and meet your requirements – you fall for the things that are different about them or even problematic.

Brad Anderson