专访 I 纽约电影奖 x 小爱老师
「 2023年10月， 导演 I编剧 I电影研究者、影视工业网签约电影课程导师 小爱老师（郭煜，Nadia Guo）编剧导演的科幻短片作品再次斩获多个海外电影节奖项，本文为纽约电影奖对小爱老师的专访，原文链接：https://newyorkmovieawards.com/interview-6#5fa29553-9908-4130-b962-cf7db33eab3c 」
Nadia is a director, screenwriter and producer. “Wish You Well", “Run, Chad Run” & “The Film”, are her first films.
What's the absolutely necessary ingredient to be a good director/screenplayer?
Nadia Guo：I believe that to become an outstanding actor, director, or screenwriter, two essential factors are indispensable: observation and experience of life, and the ability to understand the script. On the other hand, because the nature of actors, directors, and screenwriters are different, each role has its own focus. First of all, for actors, acting skills are the easiest to learn, but the ability to understand the script, the key elements of characters(belief, want, and need), the understanding of the theme are really important. As for a director, how to use cinematic language to create a world in the film, and how to create and change the audience's emotions through the story can make difference. For screenwriters, being able to understand the director's thinking and mastering the consciousness of montage and film art during the scriptwriting stage can help the writer to communicate and interact better with the director.
First and last cinematographic crush?
Nadia Guo："2001: A Space Odyssey"(1968) and"Blade Runner"(1982)/"Blade Runner 2049"(2017).
How old you were when you decided you wanted to be a director/screenplayer?
Nadia Guo：I entered fortune 500 companies including GE, Sony in public relations and corporate communications area and I moved to film industry in my thirties.
For you a Film is...
Nadia Guo：I think the nature of a film is creating a world to reflect the real world in a freestyle movement throughout time and space, with cinematographic language of course. For my own part, a film is a mirror.
What do you feel when you're acting/directing/writing?
Nadia Guo：Exciting, energetic and sleepless.
You can go to the Movies with an actor/director/screenplayer that you love. What kind of movie do you choose and with who you're gonna whatch it?
Nadia Guo：Well, if I can choose anyone in the world to watch with me, I would invite Ridley Scott, Denis Villeneuve and Christopher Nolan. I wish I can have all of them :). Sci-Fi and films with smart structure design would be my preferred ones.
Audrey Hepburn used to say “Nothing is Impossible”, what do you think about it?
Nadia Guo：I believe in that! As an independent filmmaker in China, it takes tremendous patience and strong willingness to move forward in each tiny step. It's very easy to give up but if you think of that line, "nothing is impossible", there would be a chance somewhere as you keep making efforts. I think the result doesn't matter that much, but efforts do makes difference. You can't have everything and you can definitely create something with both a director and a producer's ideas.
Can you live just of your passion?
Nadia Guo：Hmm, I think passion is the engine, but you gotta learn how to drive. Professional skills, communicational skills, project management skills, director's ideas, psychologic ideas and producer's ideas, observations for life, sympathy for the weak, courage and kindness, all these ingredients teach us how to drive.
What's more important talent or luck?
Nadia Guo：Being able to understand the world, reaches to different people, have a sympathy for those who need help, speak for those who are unable to articulate their voices.
You must go to a desert island but you can bring with you just one movie...
Nadia Guo：That must be "Dune"(2021), Denis Villeneuve is great! :)
Have you ever accepted a part/ a movie to direct/ a script to write even if you didn't like the project?
What's the best compliment you have received about your Job?
Nadia Guo："I see myself in your film".
Are you satisfied about your career?
Nadia Guo：In Chinese there's an old saying "Content is happiness", I believe in that and yes I am satisfied with every part of my life, including my career. That doesn't means I just stop here, nope, taking this energies I would move forward to do more films as best as I can.
Do you have a good luck charm?
Nadia Guo：People always say that Sagittarius have good luck charm, and I think that's true. :) I filmed my first short film "Wish You Well" under the extremely difficult conditions during covid-19. Due to strict government measures and an extremely low budget, my team and I wearing masks along the way, went through all kinds of challenges such as bans on shooting by the locations, quarantines, social isolation, etc, we have only half of a tiny room as our shooting location while half of the actor/actress team are non professionals, but I do managed to completed this short film with director's ideas. With a great luck charm, the film received quite a lot of recognitions from quite a lot of festivals. I really appreciate every challenge and opportunity in life.
Which is the worst moment on set ?
Nadia Guo：Bans on shooting locations. But opportunities always come after challenges, I face the same situation of almost of all of my projects, mainly due to extremely low budget, but I always find it turns to be a great chance to use director's ideas. What do you want to show to your audiences? What is the emotions you want to create? How would you convey your message and create such emotions? If you can't use this locations, what about the other available and free locations? How can you utilize the available/free locations to convey the same message and create the same emotions? That is more exciting for me.
How do you feel when a job you've been part of it's ending?
Nadia Guo：Expecting the best result and move to the next one.
Have you ever lied to get a part/job?
If you should win an Oscar your first taught would go to…
Nadia Guo：My father. He created every part of me.
课程上线来，已有超 5000+ 学员（包括但不限于导演、摄影师、剪辑师、美术师、灯光师、制片人、编剧在内的电影从业者，高校电影专业教师，各大电影学院的电影相关专业本硕博学生、电影专业备考生，资深影迷等）相互陪伴走过 1000 多个日夜。