The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 28

You now have “Director of
Bloodshot” after your name,
which must have shifted the
needle in terms of your future.
Can you quantify how much of
a difference it’s actually made?
Did you learn any great lessons
or have any mentors at Bishops
that have helped you in your life?
Yes: work hard, learn your shit
and challenge authority. I really
hate the status quo: being told
it’s the right way to do something
because it’s always been done
that way. I believe that’s how we
stagnate as a society. But it has to
come from a place of knowledge,
so you have to put in the effort.
And there was one particular
teacher, I think her name was
Mrs Solomon. She was my maths
teacher. She came up to me – in
Standard 9 if memory serves –
saying something like, “You have
a lot more to offer than people
are giving you credit for.” And
she offered to help me – with
any subject. I spent almost every
Friday after school for a year in
her classroom. For three hours I’d
work on any exam paper I wanted,
At Blur, Dave directed
commercials for games
such as Star Wars: The
Force Unleashed (2008,
right) and Titanfall 2
(2016, above), which
was shot on location
in California. Today,
he lives in LA with
his wife Bridget and
their son Declan.
then she would grade it and walk
me through it. I don’t think I ever
thanked her for that properly, but
maybe she’s reading this, or some
other teacher is. Those moments
make a difference in a kid’s life.
And what about things that
helped you in your career?
What they don’t teach you at film
school is that when you’re shooting
these huge movies, you’re dealing
with people. Many people. Your
job is to get the best out of them
every single day because you
cannot do it alone. It’s a highstress environment. I remember
I was captain of the U15A rugby
team, and the captain ahead of
me was Gary Skeeles, who was
“I really hate the status quo: being told it’s the
right way to do something because it’s always
been done that way. I believe that’s how we
stagnate as a society.”
also in Ogilvie – and I was having
a really hard time. It’s almost 30
years ago now but it’s weird how
little moments stick with you.
I can remember every detail. We
were standing outside by the pool
– I don’t even know if the pool is
still there! And I said to him, “It’s
hard, man. The guys are struggling
they’re not really listening, and
I don’t know what to do.” And Gary
turned to me and said, “Don’t tell
them what to do. Make an appeal.
Ask them to help you and they
will help you. If you tell them
what to do, they will resist.” That
came from a 16-year-old kid in
high school! I still think of that
today when I’m on set. People
want to be empowered; to feel like
they are contributing and making
a difference. I don’t remember a
lot from school, but I remember
important moments like that.
Brandon de Kock (1986K) is director
of storytelling at WhyFive insights.
There’s undoubtedly a validation
system in Hollywood. For a long
time I thought my poster would
say, “From the guy who sat next
to the guy who directed Deadpool”!
The reality is, Hollywood is pretty
risk-averse. So it all matters, from
the people you’ve worked with or
who vouch for you, to the films
you’ve made. It all factors into the
big Hollywood equation of, “Can we
spend tens of millions of dollars
on this guy and make a profit?”

Star wars: The Force Unleashed Titanfall 2

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