Bryan Singer

“You just have to trust your instincts and hope that if someone doesn’t like your idea, you can prove them wrong in the final process. In the end, you can please some of the people some of the time, but that’s about all you can do.”
Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer is an American film director and film producer. Singer won critical acclaim for his work on The Usual Suspects, and is especially popular among fans of the sci-fi and comic book genres for his work on the first two X-Men films and Superman Returns.

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Just one of the usual suspects.

My city used to have a tiny hole-in-the-wall art house cinema over by the University.  The Windsor Film Theater.  I loved it.  I spent every free night I had in high school, if I had the car, driving into the city to see movies there.  This was the first place in my area I could see a film like The Usual Suspects.  It was before the Oscar buzz, and before the great word of mouth about the film’s end and Kevin Spacey’s performance.

Seeing this film had a tremendous impact on me.  Lesser known actors, fantastic storytelling, mystery and suspense and twists right up until the credits rolled.  THIS was the kind of film I loved and hoped to make one day.  This was a filmmaker with serious chops… especially for a breakout feature.

The film inspired me to go home and start drafting ideas for a crime-thriller film which resulted in a Sci-Fi Crime Thriller idea.  That treatment and series of script notes still sit on a pile of ideas that I have.  I believe it will one of my best films if I ever get to see it into production.  Unfortunately at this stage, I’ll need 70 million or more to shoot it correctly so it lays waiting.  Every time I read it over or think about it, I remember seeing Usual Suspects for the first time.

Bryan directed “Apt Pupil” which is a novella that comes from the Stephen King collection of four: “Different Seasons”.  This book contains the source material for two other film adaptations that are in my top five films of all time:  “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Stand By Me”.  Bryan Singer has great taste in source material and stories to tell.

Bryan’s blockbuster work with the X-Men series is right up my alley.  I have it in me to direct a giant studio action film one day.  I loved the “darker”, more “realistic” take on X-Men he had that has become so popular with the other comic book hero re-imaging such as Batman Begins and Sin City.  Also he set the bar for superhero sequels by creating X2 which was a better film than the original-  Also a trend that other franchises have aimed to achieve.

Bryan has already been ON How Many Days? actually – he was in a white van outside of a hotel one time when I was heading in for a meeting.  I filmed him from a safe distance and did not break my own rules by approaching him.  Here’s to hoping that restraint pays off in an eventual meeting with him… oh wait… it will – because I won’t quit until it happens!

Are you in the film business or a fan of his work?  Were you inspired by Bryan Singer?  If so, what do you like about them?  Leave a comment below, post a scene from his films or interviews from youtube with him.  I dare you!

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