What are the boundaries between a making a movie where you don’t have to answer to anyone, and one where you have to answer to everyone? That’s what Jake Johnson and Alicia Van Couvering, producers of Joe Swanberg’s “Digging For Fire,” discuss in this week’s episode of Indiewire Influencers.
“Joe’s mentality on the whole film business is different than anyone else’s,” said Johnson, who also stars in the film. “The way (he talks) about movies, is not the way other kids talk. I’m interested in producing with him; I’m not necessarily interested in being a film producer.”
Johnson is also featured in this summer’s billion-dollar juggernaut, “Jurassic World,” and said director Colin Trevorrow (with whom he also worked on Trevorrow’s debut, “Safety Not Guaranteed”) inspires a similar can-do passion – albeit on an other-worldly scale.
“You have to let people feel like they have agency in their own lives,” said Van Couvering. “If it’s not clear at the top, you can’t inspire anybody.”
Listen to the full episode above.
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