Jason Reitman’s new movie “The Front Runner” chronicles the sex scandal that ended Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign, which means it’s set in 1987 — a year when Reitman was only 10 years old and not yet making movies. Back then, becoming a filmmaker was a goal with high barriers to entry. But if he were growing up today — and if his father weren’t the director of beloved movies like “Ghostbusters” — Reitman thinks he might be one of the kids on YouTube, learning filmmaking technique accidentally. “The old way was, you play a concert the day you learn guitar, right?” Reitman asked on the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka. “And your first time you ever play out, of course you don’t know how to play guitar. You literally just picked up the instrument.” “Think about how young people [today] know their angles and the use of light, and the use of lens,” he said. “You see people take selfies, and they’re raising the camera, because they understand what it does to their face. All these ideas of lensing and camera work are things that are just inherent to a generation.” An ardent fan of seeing… Read full this story
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