Turning Disappointment into Growth with Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy, director, co-writer, and producer of hit film Free Guy, joins the show to discuss how to approach failure, humility and why you’ve got to really know yourself to succeed.

In this episode, we talk about…

  • What led to Levy’s “Hollywood System Career”
  • The power of seeing yourself with harsh clarity to truly know thyself
  • Understanding on the other side of the hard path is a chance at greatness
  • Reconciling the idea of your identity with who you really are and what you can be
  • Knowing how to use your words, persona, and vision to inspire movie stars (and money) to bet on you
  • Spielberg’s advice on knowing when you’ve got it right 
  • Why Levy believes directing requires decisive leadership and being clear about what you want 
  • Learning the language of actors so you can put them in the mood and the moment so they can be great  
  • What Levy and Ryan Reynolds added to the Free Guy script, and why it worked  
  • How Levy picks his projects based on comedic and heart-felt content

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by George Edelman.

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