Director Gary Fleder rides “The Express”


When I was writing the other day about Gary Fleder's "The Express," which tells the soulful story of Syracuse running back Ernie Davis, I mentioned that Fleder had spent a lot of time in recent years directing TV pilots.It's not exactly glamorous work, but I know several directors who say it's been an invaluable educational tool in terms of communicating with actors, experimenting with new technology and being more economical in their work. "If filmmakers would do more TV pilots, they'd probably make movies a lot faster," says Fleder. "It really helps you sharpen your craft."

It's also a great way to meet good screenwriters, which turned out to have a big impact on Fleder's work on "The Express".

(LA Times)


Directors, Filmmaking

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