“If it was the right thing, it would be such a privilege”
Platinum recording artist Taylor Swift recently hinted that she’s ready to break into a new side of the entertainment industry: directing.
The 32-year-old Grammy winner made her directorial debut with Too good: the short film, which premiered last year as a visual accompaniment to the extended version of his song “All Too Well.” It has since amassed over 76 million views on YouTube and even won Best Long Form Video at the 2022 Video Music Awards.
Following the success of Too good: the short film, Swift has expressed interest in directing a full feature film in the future – but only if the “right opportunity” presents itself.
What is “Too good: the short film” about? Cast, story details and audience reception
Too good: the short film stars stranger things‘ Sadie Sink and Teen Wolfis Dylan O’Brien like her and him. It tells the story of an unhappy romance made worse by an age gap. It is said to be based on Swift’s short-lived relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal., which would have been the subject of his 2012 studio album, Red.
Much to the delight of fans, Swift announced that she had directed a short film to be released alongside the release of Red (Taylor’s version) in November 2021, which included a 10-minute uncut version of his fan-favorite song, “All Too Well”. The project is part of Love story The singer’s ongoing efforts to re-release “Taylor’s Versions” from her first five albums, so she owns full rights to her masters.
The film debuted in New York and had limited theatrical release in other major US cities before hitting YouTube the same day. Too good: the short film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from Swifties and critics. The video currently has an 8.4 star rating on IMBd (out of 10 stars) and 4.3 stars on Letterboxd (out of five stars).
Swift wrote, directed, and briefly appeared on the project, making it an impressive feat for the singer-songwriter-turned-director.
Taylor Swift on directing a feature film: ‘I absolutely wish the right opportunity presented itself’
During an interview at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, Swift teased what could be the not-so-nascent next step in her film career: directing a feature film. The public was able to see the very first 35mm screening of Too good: the short film.
In the chat, moderated by TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey, Swift was asked about pursuing directing in the future. She said yes – if she could find the right material.
“I would love to keep taking small steps forward,” she said, according to Variety. “And I think I’m at a place now where the next baby step isn’t a baby step. That would be to commit to making a movie. And I feel like I would absolutely love the good opportunity arises because I absolutely, absolutely love telling stories in this way.
When asked what genres she would like to explore as a director, Swift cited romantic dramas like Marriage story and 1973 The way we were. “If it was the right thing, it would be such a privilege and an honor,” she added.
“I think I’ll always want to tell human stories about human emotion. I never say never, but I can’t imagine myself filming an action sequence. If that ever happens, honestly, it’ll be fun growth character, but at this point I could see it unfolding in a more comedic and irreverent place,” she said, poking fun at her own tendency to write dark songs about despair and heartache. .
She continued: ‘I don’t always see myself telling stories of extreme, guttural heartache at your most formative age that weakens you emotionally for years and then you have to develop the scar tissue to go on with your life and limp your way to your typewriter and write a novel about it. I think I did that.
Why ‘All Too Well: The Short Film’ Took Taylor Swift 10 Years to Visualize
For Swift, Too good: the short film was an exciting project that lasted almost 10 years. She explained that even performing the original five-minute version of “All Too Well” was difficult for her, as the lyrics hit a little too close to home.
“For me, the song was so difficult because it was about something that at that time was very current for me,” she said during her TIFF interview. “I would have a really hard time doing it back then. I had to really force myself to focus on other things to try to get by on the tour. So there wouldn’t be any people in which I could have made a visual element of this song at that time.
But despite the difficulties she faced while performing the song live, she finally came up with the idea to add a visual element to the song. “I needed 10 years of looking back to know what I would do to even tell a version of this story visually,” she continued. “And I’m so thankful that I was able to do that with a bang of all these different twists of fate.”
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