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.

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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.

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