Pure Human: Neil Burger on Travelers | Interviews

Well, I had been advertising, you know, shooting commercials initially, but my training before that was as a painter. And so I really had this sense of what I’m doing as being my own personal expression. But like you said, I’ve always worked on different things, and some of them go up to the top and some are too hard to do, or the actors don’t come, or they fall apart at the last minute. I think it’s important to keep working. And I feel like everything I’ve done I’m incredibly proud of, and I actually felt a personal connection with, even something like “Divergent,” which is about a young woman in it. kind of dystopian future. I was completely with her and her journey was truly meaningful to me, and I couldn’t have done it any other way. I couldn’t have created a visual palette for this or anything, let alone a narrative palette, without feeling incredibly deep about it.

And at the same time, yes, I am writing and still developing things to do for me. It is difficult to make films. You see filmmakers doing one after another, it’s just theirs and it’s a very rare, lucky thing, and definitely something that I still live for. And I’m happy to have, once again, returned to a place where I wrote, directed, produced and controlled.

“Voyagers” has a very delicate plot, but a viewer may not realize upon watching it the first time, how much it is influenced by the characterizations and what they represent. The first person we really know is Colin Farrell’s character which is super interesting; he really represents the dictionary definition of selflessness, in that he gets on that ship and sacrifices part of himself and his life to help these children. And don’t reveal any spoilers, but the best plans don’t always work. I wonder what the inspiration was.

Yes. I think Colin’s character, Richard, has a real sort of thematic function in the sense that he represents kindness, altruism, and self-sacrifice. And that’s really a theme in the movie – why should we be good at it? If we’re all going to die in the end anyway, why can’t we do whatever we want all the time, regardless of how it affects others? It’s a powerful question, you know, that we all deal with in small or large forms all the time. Nations deal with it, individuals deal with it. And it represents the version of altruism. He really gives to these kids and like you said he really sacrifices the rest of his life for their well-being. And that’s actually the thing that also throws up the change in the storyline. If he hadn’t left, the mission would probably have been fine. Because as good as he is, he is also human and what the children take away from him include his secrets and his own doubts about the mission. They feel it and it has an effect on them.

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