I've written and produced all projects which appear in my Filmography as a Director.
Sometimes, all I need to start off with is a song in order to imagine a basic plot for my next script. Alicia Keys' Piano & I inspired me to create my film Connie (2004), also based on events from my personal life. As a general rule, each person's life story is always interesting enough to inspire a script. Oliver Stone chose Vietnam, a relevant topic in his youth. Me, I never had a girlfriend in my teenage years. With the memory of conflict and failure still fresh in my mind, I feel I'll always be searching for this lost youth in all the stories I have yet to tell.
My body of work is often created with melodrama as its' backdrop, filled with visual portraits of environment and moods, almost always without following the accepted classic structure of a script by elaborating and then assembling brief sequences like pieces to a handmade puzzle (the vast majority no more than 5 minutes in length) inside of which impossible romances, farewells and open endings have all proven to be recurring themes in the various works of me.
Up the Down Staircase (Robert Mulligan, 1967) Frantic (Roman Polanski, 1988) La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson, 1990)
Days of Wine and Roses (Blake Edwards, 1962) Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1959) A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974) Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983) Another Woman (Woody Allen, 1988) Interiors (Woody Allen, 1978) Alice (Woody Allen, 1990) Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989) The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen, 1985) September (Woody Allen, 1987) Melody (Waris Hussein, 1971) They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948) It All Starts Today (Bertrand Tavernier ,1999) Fried Green Tomatoes (Jon Avnet, 1991) Highlander (Russell Mulcahy, 1986) The NeverEnding Story (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984) Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker, 1976) The Straight Story (David Lynch, 1999) Shining Through (David Seltzer, 1992) Octopussy (John Glen, 1983) A View to a Kill (John Glen, 1985) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Peter Hunt, 1969) From Russia with Love (Terence Young, 1963) Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964) Live and Let Die (Guy Hamilton, 1973) Little Nikita (Richard Benjamin, 1988) (Young Sherlock Holmes (Barry Levinson, 1985) Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995) Limbo (John Sayles, 1999) Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) The Living Daylights (John Glen, 1987) Licence to Kill (John Glen, 1989) Lethal Weapon ( Richard Donner, 1987) Lethal Weapon 2 ( Richard Donner, 1989), The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985) Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984) Superman (Richard Donner, 1978) Blame It on the Bellboy (Mark Herman, 1992) The Fourth Protocol (John Mackenzie, 1987) Amsterdamned (Dick Maas, 1988) Biggles (John Hough, 1986) No Mercy (Richard Pearce, 1986)