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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Question: Avatar Producer Jon Landau: answers my question

Jon Landau (right) with director James Cameron on set

Academy Award- and two-time Golden Globe-winning producer Jon Landau has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to oversee and deliver major motion pictures. He currently holds the distinction of having produced the two highest grossing movies of all-time, Avatar and Titanic. The combination of Landau's thorough understanding of the most complex state-of-the-art visual effects technologies, his experience working hand-in-hand with the highest caliber of creative talent, and his ability to motivate people have all enabled him to play a significant role in numerous major motion pictures.

In addition to Avatar and Titanic, Landau produced Steven Soderbergh's Solaris; he also co-produced, under his and James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment banner, Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy and the family comedy hit Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Throughout the early '90s, Landau was Executive Vice President of Feature Film Production at Twentieth Century Fox where he supervised production on all major motion pictures, including Die Hard 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, True Lies, Power Rangers, Aliens 3, Last of the Mohicans, and many more.

Question: How do you work with friends in production and maintain the friendship?

"Making a movie is never easy.  Working with friends or relatives is never easy.  Put the two together and things could get a little rough.

As with anything in life…family always comes first.  That having been said, when working on a movie with close friends or family, it is important to compartmentalize the film and your personal life. Often times the roles (and hence the dynamics of the relationship) are different on the film than outside of it.  Both parties have to understand AND accept this.

For me, when working on a film, it's not what’s best for me, or what’s best for you.  It’s what’s best for the film.  If both parties can live by that philosophy, then any of the hiccups in the relationship wont be taken personally.  And therefore, they should not effect the relationship outside of the film."

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