St. John's Confidential File
MSJ: What is it about being the man who has to make the money happen for a film production that excites you – is it the title of being recognized as the Executive Producer?
JR: No, I don't care that much about titles and credits. I get excited about supporting great artists. Sometimes we can make money doing this, and that excites me too!
MSJ: What is the major challenge of taking on the responsibility of getting a film project financially backed?
JR: The biggest challenge is getting people to hand over the money. At first, it's an easy sell. Everyone wants to be involved with a movie, but when it comes down to writing the check, people get scarce.
MSJ: Since you have not restricted yourself to just working in this country where have you experienced the most positive satisfaction and why?
JR: I just came back from filming a movie in Bogotá
MSJ: What kind of films, in your opinion, are we looking at in the near future and why? And is digital technology destroying the concept of story-telling in motion pictures, if so, how?
JR: Well, to your first question, in the near future I think we are going to see the number of films with $100M+ budgets decreasing significantly while films with sub $500k budgets will see tremendous growth.
As for your second question, digital technology isn't destroying the concept of storytelling. Digital technology is taking part in the evolution of story telling. It's a good thing.
MSJ: Globally where do you see the production of motion pictures being concentrated based on budget demands and general costs?
JR: Having returned from
MSJ: Facing the production realities of coming up with the financing for film projects, has it changed your view on
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