Stanley Kubrick Vintage Interview: The Development of a Filmmaker Through Problem Solving


Fascinating interview with Stanley Kubrick. It has a very vintage feel and set up which I think adds to the essence. Hands down he is one of my favorite filmmakers. The level of detail and thought that he put into all of his films just amazes me. I think you will find that same thoughtfulness and intelligence in this interview with Jeremy Bernstein of the New Yorker. Kubrick takes us through his evolution as a filmmaker from his early days in high school teaching himself photography and his perspective on the usefulness of problem solving.

In this interview particuarly insightful is Kubrick's discussion on problem solving and how one evolves by going through the process:

I think that if you get involved in any kind of problem-solving in depth, on almost anything, it’s surprisingly similar to problem-solving on anything. I started out by getting a camera and learning how to take pictures, and learning how to print pictures, and learning how to build a dark room, and learning how to do all the technical things, and so on and so on. And then finally trying to find out how you could sell pictures and – would it be possible to be a professional photographer. And it was a case of over a period of say, from the age of 13 to 17, you might say going through, step by step by myself, without anybody really helping me, the problem-solving of becoming a photographer. And i found that, i think looking back, that this particular thing about problem solving is something that schools generally don’t teach, and that if you can develop a generalized approach to problem solving that it’s surprising how it helps you in anything [...] I think that photography, though it seemed like a hobby, and ultimately lead to a professional job, might have been more valuable than doing the proper things in school.

What do you think about the usefulness of problem solving for filmmaking? Posted via: No Film School