As an accomplished Hollywood director, Andrew Davis’ words are important foranyone hoping to become a player in the game, AKA Hollywood. Andrew Davis hasdirected many successful action films for Hollywood. The way that he found hissuccess and has maintained it is the most important thing that I learned fromAndrew Davis. He has given me an example of how one person found success inHollywood amongst a flood of others seeking the same high ground. The Fugitiveis by far the most successful film Andrew Davis has directed. Some critics haveeven gone as far to state that The Fugitive is the best action thriller of thedecade.
Some of his other more recent films include A Perfect Murder, StealLittle, Steal Big and Chain Reaction. Andrew Davis is also known for makingintense action films such as Under Siege, Code of Silence and Above the Law. Hiscomments on why and how he came into making such films and being labeled as anaction film director provide an interesting insight into the way that Hollywoodworks. He stated that since he found some initial success with action films hewas repeatedly called upon by Hollywood to “just do what he did lasttime.” He mentioned that he had ambitions to break away from being peggedas an action film director, but that it was a difficult thing to do when youwere trying to “keep your hand in the game.” These comments illustrateone of the ways that Hollywood works. Perhaps the most important thing AndrewDavis talked about was the power of networking in Hollywood.
Often talked aboutin class, Andrew Davis is a prime example of the breaks that one can get throughfriends and contacts. His relationship with Thomas Haskell provided him with avaluable contact in Hollywood. Andrew Davis’s relationship with Academy Awardwinner Thomas Haskell points to the importance of making and keeping in contactwith as many people as possible in the industry. Andrew Davis recommended to theclass that if at all possible, one should try and find a mentor for guidance andassistance in the early days of delving into Hollywood. As a filmmaker, AndrewDavis utilizes a more spontaneous approach to directing, as opposed to morestructured directors such as Stanley Kubrick. Andrew Davis described making afilm as, “a cross between war and a circus.” His approach tofilmmaking in comparison with other guest this quarter and last fall illustratesthe vast differences in styles of directors. Finally, Andrew Davis reconfirmedthe comments of just about every other guest that almost every film is comes toproduction via different routes.
Some films are handed to directors to be madeand others are made when screenplays find their ways to directors who in turntakes takes the screenplays to studios for financial backing. Andrew Davis is avery interesting person and creator of cinema. The story of his journey toHollywood and succeeding is an inspirational one. Many of his films have becomevery successful commercially.
He has given me a valuable insight into succeedingin Hollywood.