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'Man Of Steel' Director Zack Snyder's 10 Rules Of Filmmaking Include "The Will To Suffer" And Shooting On Film

by Charlie Schmidlin
June 13, 2013 9:18 AM
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With the first wave of mixed “Man of Steel” reviews (here's ours) dropping earlier this week, and Warner Bros. confident enough in its reception this weekend to fast-track a sequel, director Zack Snyder seems to have stabilized a career that was growing shakier by the film. Now, we can look upon efforts like “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch” as stepping-stones to Superman, and as Snyder approaches his franchise future, he's assembled a list of filmmaking tips to pass onto others.

Moviemaker have recently asked a solid line-up of directors, including Danny Boyle and Jim Jarmusch, to pen a list of artistic Golden Rules, and this week they devoted one to Snyder, who laid out ten in total. The pleasurable aspect to these lists comes in retroactive comparison of the rules to the directors' work, and in Snyder's case, directions like no. 4, Storyboard (“[How] I make a movie… how I structure a scene”), or no. 10, Shoot Every Shot (“Doing it yourself keeps the tone consistent“), matches up quite well.

Other tips include having The Will To Suffer ("...the person who can endure the most pain will be the one who succeeds in the end...") and, in a surprising move considering his digital preferences, I Still Shoot Film ("Call me a purist, but it’s just how I feel"). And regardless of what you think of Snyder's work separately or as a whole, his views toward the art and business of film are definitely worth a look. Check out the full 10 below and then read Snyder's complete thoughts over at Moviemaker, before you head to the theater to see “Man of Steel.” [via Filmmaker IQ]

Zack Snyder's 10 Rules Of Filmmaking

1. There are No Rules
2. The Will to Suffer
3. Your Point of View
4. Storyboard
5. Movies are Pictures
6. Respect
7. Throw things
8. I Still Shoot Film
9. Passion
10. Shoot Every Shot

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  • Glass | June 13, 2013 11:40 AMReply

    lol sorry but this guy is such a fraud. He's carved out a career for himself but that's about all I can say about him.

  • Matt N. | June 13, 2013 9:34 AMReply

    Thanks for posting, Playlist. I'm a Snyder fan and I think "Man of Steel" was pretty good. You can definitely see these rules at play in the film.

  • Deb | June 13, 2013 9:27 AMReply

    Really? Digging up a shoddy 2009 list just to get hits for Man of Steel? You guys have stooped pretty low, but this could be a new one.

  • Bruce | June 13, 2013 9:42 AM

    I knew Deb would be a downer.

  • Matt N. | June 13, 2013 9:33 AM

    Hi Deb. Really? That's all you have to contribute? If you don't like what the Playlist posts, don't read it.

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