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The Envelope Directors Roundtable: Shaping the story [Video]

January 17, 2011 |  3:35 pm

2011 Directors Roundtable

Where does the artist stop and the art begin?

The six directors who came together for The Envelope Directors Roundtable to talk to us about their current Oscar-contending films and what it takes to work in (or outside of) Hollywood today are all strong creative filmmakers whose work inevitably reflects their personality, life experiences and storytelling ambitions.

In the first excerpt from our conversation with Ben Affleck ("The Town"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"), Ethan Coen ("True Grit"), David Fincher ("The Social Network") and Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"),  these acclaimed filmmakers discuss how what happens in their films is, by some measure, a reflection of who they are as people.

Click on the video below to see what they had to say, and check back every day this week for a fresh clip from the hourlong Envelope Roundtable discussion.

— John Horn

Photo:  From left, Lisa Cholodenko, Ben Affleck, Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher, Tom Hooper and Ethan Coen. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times.