The 29th annual Directors Guild Symposium, held Saturday morning before the DGA Awards that night, hosted two first-time Feature Film nominees — Korean Bong Joon Ho, nominated for his seventh film, family comedy “Parasite
,” and New Zealander Taika Waititi
, recognized for his fifth, Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit
” — both of whom are contending for the big prize against veterans Sam Mendes
(World War I actioner “1917”), who won the award 20 years ago for his film debut “American Beauty
,” Quentin Tarantino
with his ninth film, showbiz bromance “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
,” and “The Irishman
” director Martin Scorsese
, who participated via live-video feed from New York.
Per usual, moderator Jeremy Kagan
quizzed the filmmakers on their process. The directors turned out to have much in common, from directing children, recreating the past, and dealing with violence, to drawing storyboards and relying on VFX.
Here are the most compelling things I learned from this two-hour and 43-minute interview.