Week 2 | Artist 2 of Created to Create 2017 | Uros Stojanovic, Director
Uros Stojanovic is a movie director, born and raised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, currently working in Los Angeles, California. "Tears for Sale," 2008 is his most recent feature film. He is currently working on a new film, "YOLO Forever," a beautiful script by Dan Marshall, scheduled to shoot in Boston.
A review for "Tears for Sale:"
"Uros Stojanovic's Tears for Sale is a lush, exuberant, fantastical fable of a movie, the kind of film where it's plainly obvious you don't ask why something is possible, or what the logic is behind the plot twists - you simply sit back and let the ambience carry you away. It's a history lesson, of sorts, in that it gets the viewer to ask precisely what real world events could have prompted its creation. It's a love story, a bold, shamelessly theatrical, tragic romance and it's a hugely entertaining matinee adventure. A smash hit in its domestic Serbian market, the film can easily be read as one long freewheeling allegory for the state of the country's psyche and its formative influences. But where other directors might have gone for arthouse miserablism in an attempt to lend the subject matter the appropriate gravitas, Stojanovic elects for a kind of grandiose magical realism instead."
Where were you born? Where do you live/work?
I was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and I live in the cardboard village of Hollywood, California.
What fuels your desire to act/create?
I asked myself that question every morning when I looked into the mirror, shaving. I always ended up cutting myself, so I decided to grow a beard.
Tell us about your connection to Chekhov work.
Michael Chekhov performed an open heart surgery on his own heart, to discover what acting was all about.
How do you work with overcoming fear/doubt?
I think that fear and doubt are your greatest assets. I'm sure that, when David Hasselhoff does a scene on Baywatch, he thinks “I've nailed it. I'm a better actor than Laurence Fucking Olivier!” And when Laurence Olivier does Richard III, he cries himself to sleep wondering if he is a talentless hack.
What is your greatest obstacle in working with self?
I guess it's that I don't like myself all that much.
How do you heal from rejection?
Rejection at work – another project. Rejection from a woman – probably, death (I'm not even sure if death helps all that much, I'll email you when I get there).
What are you inspired by NOW?
My one and only inspiration are the women that I loved. So, if I live to be a thousand years old, I don't think I'll ever run out if inspiration.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Go to a real school, be a doctor, or a plumber, and do something useful with your life. You're going to spill your guts to make a piece of art, but anyone can see The Americanization of Emily or Casablanca on Netflix, and you can never beat that.
Who has had a powerful influence on your work?
Paolo Magelli, a great Italian theatre director. When you watch him work, it always looks like he's doing everything wrong. He gives (hilariously bad) line readings, he bites an actor on the arm if he hates his performance (literally!), but the end result is always pure, breathtaking beauty.
Ksenija Terzovic, my costume designer, the toughest chick in the world. She beat cancer, and when we had creative differences (not often, because I usually just do what she tells me), we actually wrestled, and she beat me! She is a tiny girl, about a hundred pounds lighter than me, but she's a nasty little pitbull.
What is your next project or a recent project?
YOLO Forever, a beautiful script by Dan Marshall. It's about a guy who drank from The Fountain of Youth, he's 500 years old, he hates his life, trying to drink himself to death (but he can't). Then he meets a girl dying of cancer, and they try to find The Fountain to save her life.
How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
I have yet to do a job that I think is well done.
What are your hopes and dreams?
I would have to Google “hopes” and “dreams” to find out what those words mean. My English is not all that great.
What is your advice to self in pursuing the business side of work? Do you have advice for making/producing your own work?
Lie, cheat and steal?
What advice do you have for auditioning?
An audition for a casting director and a director are two completely different things. The job of the casting director is to narrow the options down to people they think director and producer would like, and they have a tendency to typecast. More often than not, they are wrong. Directors, on the other hand, are looking for someone to inspire them, and give them a fresh perspective. A good director is looking for an actor who is his equal, a partner in crime, so to speak, someone who makes you feel like you're a couple of five year old kids playing in the park, all rules be damned.
In 2017, SUPER SPACE is serving as a vehicle to facilitate Created to Create Project. What CREATED TO CREATE INTRODUCING ONE ARTIST PER WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS IN 2016. When Beginning, January, 1st, 2016 Who ACTORS, ARTISTS, THEATRE MAKERS, FILM MAKERS, DESIGNERS, TEACHING ARTISTS, STUDENTS all chosen because they spend a part each day creating. Artists will be chosen in no particular order. Goal Introduce artists from different parts of the world. People who use different mediums and whose practice is at a different skill level. A thing they all have in common is unique sense of style and self-expression.