Guillermo Arriaga on Guillermo Arriaga

arriagaThe LA Times has an interesting article up about Guillermo Arriaga, writer of such films as “21 Grams” and “Babel”, as he discusses his childhood, his loss of smell, and the inspiration for his recent directorial debut, “The Burning Plain”, which is currently enjoying a limited release. He also share some of his insights on the directing process:

“Writing is a very lonely activity. You cannot turn to anyone and ask, ‘Where should I go now?’ When you are directing, you can always turn to your director of photography and say, ‘I have no idea. Help me.’ Having all those people with that energy, everyone fighting to make the best film possible, is something to enjoy.”