Prolific Hollywood director Shawn Levy believes that Taylor Swift has a special quality similar to Steven Spielberg. He shared this insight with Entertainment Weekly as the pop superstar gets ready to direct her first feature film.
Shawn Levy says Taylor Swift’s directorial vision reminds him of Steven Spielberg:
“I think she has the makings of a hell of a director…the depth of her vision for how she wants a creative piece to be…it’s profound. It’s profoundly vivid, and she has the strength of her… pic.twitter.com/lY7G6AHub5
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In an interview related to the release of his new Netflix series, “All the Light We Cannot See,” Levy discussed his experience acting in Taylor Swift’s music video for “All Too Well.” However, due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, he couldn’t provide details about it. He did, however, express his admiration for Swift’s approach to the art form.
When asked if Taylor Swift sought his advice for her upcoming directing projects, Shawn Levy responded, “Taylor has not consulted me about upcoming directing projects, but I think she has the makings of a hell of a director.” This comes after Levy’s involvement in the short film where he briefly appeared alongside Sadie Sink, one of the stars of the sci-fi series “Stranger Things,” which he produced.
Levy calls Swift a rare “generational voice and creative force” in the industry, placing her on a similar level to Beyoncé in terms of their cultural influence.
“That list is short. Taylor, the depth of her vision for how she wants a creative piece to be, whether it’s a lyric, a melody, a bridge, a concert tour, a video, it’s profound. It’s profoundly vivid, and she has the strength of her convictions,” Levy elaborates, drawing a parallel to a fundamental Spielberg principle that echoes Swift’s artistry.
“Spielberg was on the set of a movie he produced that I directed, called Real Steel, and I said to him, ‘How do you know it’s the right shot?’ His answer was, ‘The way you see it, that makes it right,'” recalls Levy. “I feel like that’s something Taylor Swift has figured out really well, because that’s about trusting your instinct.”
In December 2022, Searchlight Pictures made the announcement that Taylor Swift would be making her directorial debut with a feature-length film, for which she also penned the screenplay. Prior to this, she achieved a unique milestone as the first artist ever to be honored with two MTV VMAs awards for Best Director. These accolades were presented for her work on “All Too Well: The Short Film” and her “The Man” music video.
Fans can catch Taylor Swift on the silver screen in her much-anticipated Eras Tour concert film, which made its debut on Wednesday and will be in theaters across the nation starting this Friday.
Source: Entertainment Weekly