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Envelope Directors Roundtable: The managed compromise of filmmaking

January 18, 2011 |  4:37 pm

Judging by the reaction they received from reviewers and ticket buyers, you might think that the makers of six of 2010's best films would consider their films pretty close to perfection. But directing a movie, the filmmakers say, involves making a series of compromises, all in the hope that the smart decisions don't outweigh the bad ones.

At the Envelope Directors Roundtable, Ben Affleck ("The Town"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), Ethan Coen ("True Grit"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") and Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") discussed how they live with what they get on film.

Related: The Envelope Director's Roundtable: Shaping the Story

— John Horn