Advice to Emerging Talent
Brown urges the next generation to fully immerse themselves in cinematic history and all forms of storytelling. But she also challenges them to then throw out the rulebook and bring completely new, bold ideas to revolutionize filmmaking. Brown argues that real innovation is required to keep movies vibrant and audiences engaged.
I would first tell them to watch everything, to read as many scripts, and to know your story history, because the deeper you’re entrenched in the stories that have come before, the better, and I think higher quality, the films we can make in the future will be. But once you’ve done the work and you’re ready, I think the other thing is to be bold and to not do things the way I’ve done it, the way you’ve done it, the way anybody tells you it needs to be done. But we must innovate in order to keep theatrical alive and in order to make stories fresh and exciting and to make people pay attention, we have to keep making it a new experience. And I think I’m excited for the next generation to show me stories and to tell, to create films and television that I’ve never seen before.
— Nicole Brown