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Cold Takes: Vote.

by M.G. Siegler

"You have to have something to say."

The Economist on Tom Ford's move into filmmaking from fashion: 

But Mr Ford says that the move has been “a very natural transition”, and that “a very similar skillset” is required in both disciplines. “You have to have a vision. You have to have something to say. You then have to then go out and hire very, very talented people to help you. You have to give them space to perform and create. At the same time, you have to guide them towards your own ultimate goal.”

I recall seeing A Single Man in theaters several years ago without realizing who the director was. As his name went up in the end credits, I thought it was just a new director with the same name as the fashion guy -- common name, after all. But no. It was that Tom Ford, and the movie was very good. Beyond impressive to be that good at two separate things, no matter how "natural" the transition. 


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