It’s good to have friends in this city who celebrate your work.
Hollywood is a tough place. Everyone wants to tell you what’s wrong with what you’re doing. It can make you curl up in a ball and hide. This is why it is so important to have friends who are behind you. Friends who share the joy of doing something.
These are not just friends on our lower level, but friends you keep when you are at the top.
Friends like Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder.
In a recent episode of Podcast “Straight Up”, Snyder talked about what it is like to share this joyous friendship with Nolan. They show films for one another, not to take notes or edit, but to appreciate one another.
Snyder said, “Chris Nolan and I went to the Universal City Walk and I projected the IMAX version of Justice League so that he can watch there. We don’t share notes. When I show him the film, I think, ‘Okay, the film is done, so just enjoy it.’ He also always tells me as if I’ve seen it principle. The last thing I want to do with Chris, and Chris is a genius of course, is to have my two cents, so it’s really liberating to just be able to say, ‘Okay, just show me your movie because I want to be around to blow away. ‘”
This type of support system is valuable, especially in a city where everyone has an opinion about what you do and how you do it.
When it comes to reviews, Snyder generally avoids them, saying: “I’ve read a lot of good things [reviews]. I try not to read so many reviews. I haven’t read that many Justice League. I’ve finally got to the point where I don’t take it personally. But it is difficult. You put so much of yourself into it that it’s hard not to take it personally. “
I think it’s very nice and interesting that these two guys found joy in showing each other films and applauding each other. We should all be so lucky.
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