This is an interview you’ve been asking for since before I started the podcast: Morgan Spurlock.
Morgan Spurlock (@morganspurlock) is an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker based in New York. He is a prolific writer, director, producer, and human guinea pig. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, winning Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary.
Since then he has directed, produced, and distributed multiple film, TV and digital projects, including the critically acclaimed CNN series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, the FX series 30 Days, and the films Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, Confessions of a Superhero, Freakonomics, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and many others.
Morgan’s latest project is a tech startup called Clect (homepage, AngelList profile), which is a community for the high-spending collectors community with a one-stop marketplace where people can browse, sell, and buy collectibles of any type imaginable (Star Wars, Smurfs, comics, a Millennium Falcon made from motorcycle parts, etc.). Imagine Comic-Con meets Pinterest and eBay.
In this episode, we cover a ton:
- How Morgan got his biggest breaks and, in some cases, made his own luck
- How he builds rapport with people and gets them to open up
- Tips for aspiring creators and filmmakers
- How to get people to care about important issues
- Favorite books, documentaries, movies, etc.
- Morgan’s thoughts on the future of media and storytelling
If you want a taste of this fantastic interview, here’s the segment on how Morgan gets people to care about important issues.
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Want to hear another podcast from a film director, screenwriter and producer? — Listen to my conversation with Robert Rodriguez. In this episode, we discuss the creation of “El Mariachi” and how the film went on to win the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival (stream below or right-click here to download):
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What important issues are you most passionate about? Please let me know in the comments.
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