"We're trying to figure out what movie she goes hey let's see this movie here. It's Rocky 3. I go 'I don't want to see a boxing movie' and and I didn't I did not want to see a boxing movie I wanted to see something like you know Somewhere in Time or On Golden Pond or something like that, right? So we ended up going to see Rocky 3 and that movie changed my life... I remember the movie opening it said 'starring Sylvester Stallone' and then I remember it said 'written and directed by Sylvester Stallone' and I go and this is when I'm doing extra work in movies and I'm trying to figure out what I'm gonna do. Am I going to be a makeup artist? Am I gonna be a stunt man? Am I gonna be an actor? What am I? I know I want to do something. And I say 'I want to do that." And not to mention the shape that he was in...I've never seen any human being like this in my life so that movie changed my life and it made me do the things that I've done in in the film world."
Movie writer/director Shawn Flanagan of Almaden Films
Veteran Bay Area filmmaker Shawn Flanagan looks back at his career in the business and explains the inspiration behind his latest project, The Moretti Brothers. Flanagan looks back at his inspiration–a chance screening of Rocky III in San Jose, strong-armed by his girlfriend to see the movie. It’s a moment that changed his life and set his course in the profession.
Flanagan discusses with Dave how his son taught him patience that translates into the business and why the skills of an actor do not necessarily translate into being better communicators in interpersonal relationships.
The discussion ends with Shawn’s need to cut through meandering excuses and respond with brutal honestly–he feels it’s a method to save multiple parties time and frustration while giving Dave new tools to work with.
The Dave Lewis Show
Filmmaker Shawn Flanagan on The Moretti Brothers and the need for brutal honesty