One of the brightest spots in the DCEU is the 2019 superhero comedy film Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg. The filmmaker started out on social media making short horror films for YouTube before moving to Hollywood. Sandberg recently posted a video titled Can you be an introverted director? in which he talked about diagnosing atypical autism at a young age, his problems with tours of the press due to his introverted nature, and how hard work helped him succeed.
“There is always room for improvement. How do you improve something? By doing it over and over again […] You start making really crappy movies but you stick with it and over the years the movies get a little less crappy […] Commitment can often make up for a lack of innate talent. But that’s the hard part. Not learning. The dedication. Do not give up. Because progress is not always linear. There will be moments when what you’re doing is worse than what you’ve done before and it feels like you’re going backwards, but that’s fine. Even in those moments, you learn things that may be useful later. Or you can learn what just doesn’t work for you. Experience is never a waste. “
On social media David F. Sandberg is a bubbly presence that frequently posts joke videos and news about its film projects. This includes a video from the end of Shazam! where the camera pans open during Superman’s cameo to reveal an endlessly long neck and posts fake reviews praising the sequel Shazam!what still needs to be done.
Despite his apparently well-developed sense of humor, Sandberg admits in his new video that he always feels drained when he has to go on press tours while promoting his films and prefers to focus on his work instead. The filmmaker’s love for his craft is evident in his early days when he and one or two other actors were shooting horror films on a budget without a budget.
Sandberg’s road to success in Hollywood, despite being an introvert, inspires other filmmakers who grapple with the daily hustle and bustle of the film industry. A classic sign of introversion is feeling exhausted and tired from long bouts of social engagement and having some alone time to recharge. According to Sandberg, this quiet downtime can be a great opportunity to quietly work on future projects.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! plays Zachary Levi as Shazam, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman and Asher Angel as Billy Batson. The film tells the story of a child and his family, who can transform themselves into magical superheroes with the help of a magical song. The continuation of the film, Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to be released on June 2nd, 2023 after a long delay caused by the 2020 global lockdown.
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