From Reviewing Movies to Winning an Oscar with Movie Producer, Axel Kuschevatzky
Episode 15 – Kino Society – Movie Producer
Why are movie awards important? Today’s guest, Axel Kuschevatzky, will answer this controversial question. Axel is an Argentine film journalist, screenwriter, and producer. He was a producer on the film The Secret in Their Eyes, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. He grew up in Argentina, and fell in love with cinema as a child. Since then, he has dreamed of being a filmmaker, but life led him to studying advertising writing and working on television; at first, as a television reporter specialized in film, and later as part of the production of a channel’s programming. A few years ago he was also hired by TNT, which handles the Oscars for Latin America, and his life took an unexpected turn when he received a call from Juan José Campanella to work as a producer for The Secret in Their Eyes. One could say that he had beginner’s luck, but you can see that through watching and talking about movies, he also learned how to make them.
- Axel tells us what attracted him to film and why he started working on television instead of working on movies.
- He explains what it was like to go from talking about movies to making them.
- Differences between producing in Argentina and Europe; inflation rates that affect budgets.
- What makes him interested in betting on a project; having a clear motivation to commit.
- Axel explains why awards are important.
- He tells us what he thinks of the term Oscar Bait.
- The difference between the Golden Globes and the Oscars and why the Golden Globes do not represent what the industry thinks of itself.
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