John Dahl on pragmatism, disappointments, and making movies.

Being a Director Is a Lot Like Being the Leader of a Band

Being a Director Is a Lot Like Being the Leader of a Band

Risks and rewards of the creative life.
Oct. 13 2015 10:41 AM

John Dahl on Pragmatism, Disappointments, and Making Movies

The director of Rounders and The Last Seduction talks about his journey in filmmaking from Montana to Hollywood.

John Dahl
Director John Dahl.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo courtesy of John Dahl.

Listen to this episode of The Moment with guest John Dahl:

Advertisement

This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to John Dahl, director of Rounders, The Last Seduction, You Kill Me, and Red Rock West. (He also gave Brian his first big break in movies.) The two talk about John’s road to becoming a director, some lessons he learned along the way, and how directing is a lot like being the leader of a band. Plus, John talks about dealing with disappointments in show business, his worst studio pitch, and why filmmakers should keep telling the story of the movie to everybody on the set.

Topics mentioned on today’s show include:

People mentioned on today's show:

Advertisement

This episode of The Moment is brought to you by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee-­free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/Moment.

And by The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Watch Rachel as she breaks down the big headlines for the local threads that tie them all together. It’s The Rachel Maddow Show, covering America one story at time. Weeknights at 9 Eastern only on MSNBC.

The Moment is also brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater.

Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.