Words matter. These are the best Johan Renck Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
I grew up all over the world. My dad was a doctor but not a career-type doctor. He was very curious, so he took the whole family and moved to Miami in the ’70s, and we lived there for a couple of years. Then we continued like that and lived in various places around the world.
When you’re young, and you’re doing stuff, you’re making music, directing, making art, it’s all future directed. You want to change stuff onward. And when you get older – this applies to me – you think about the things you want to do and how it will be perceived by your children one day.
Building a cast is a card house. They lean on each other, provide for each other, and take from each other.
I’m a huge Crowley fan, I’ve always been. I tried to make a movie on his life a few years ago, but we didn’t manage to put it together.
I don’t like fun stuff.
I’ve always been interested in photography. I remember when I was about 14, I spent an entire summer selling lottery tickets in some little booth so I could make enough money to buy an Olympus camera.
I love Crowley for being an audacious man at certain point in time. I think he’s greatly misunderstood. He was a good guy, but he was portrayed as an evil man, and he wasn’t.
I’m drawn to stuff with a certain darkness, and darkness with beauty within it.
I began my career as a recording artist, and eventually I started directing my own music videos.
Movies are made for people to pay and go see them.
I guess I found the life as a musician too counterproductive, as so much time was spent in tour buses & remote hotel rooms. As I am moderately hyperactive, this didn’t suit my temper.
In many ways, shooting my first feature was more difficult than I had thought it would be, but it was still the most rewarding experience I have ever had.
I’m drawn to the dark but not the nihilistic aspects, the relentless parts, of darkness.
They say don’t meet your heroes, but when it comes to Bowie, he truly is the most brilliant person I’ve ever met.
With my years of promos & commercials, I actually have a massive amount of experience with regards to production. There pretty much isn’t one thing I haven’t tried at least once.
I’m very impatient, and I’m very curious.
All my close friends are non-conformist. To say ‘misfits’ sounds bad, but there is something positive about being a little on the outside – it gives you an interesting perspective on things – and I think that’s something Robyn and I share.
I started out as musician and recording artist but quite soon started to do my own videos. One thing led to another, and soon I was making videos for a living.
In an ideal world, as a director, you usually wish you could do your own thing and not have to take anyone else’s point of view into account, but occasionally you work with someone like Robyn, who brings a new set of ideas to the table, and the whole ends up much greater than the sum of the parts.
Gothenburg is the Baltimore or Liverpool or Marseille of Sweden – plagued by the death of wharfs and other industries, and with complex segregation of the populace from southern Europe, which once brought in a labor force that suddenly found itself living in remote projects without jobs.
If I feel the labor and the gruesome process, that helps me appreciate the art.
I think for something to be beautiful, it has to have some darkness in it; otherwise, it’s just pretty. And pretty does not interest me at all.
Brits are very, very expressive, whereas the Soviet and Eastern European way is much more stern, stone-faced. Vladimir Putin-esque in some way.
I’ve never been a frustrated person because I learnt at a very young age that the frustration I had inside of me had to do with creativity and the ability to transform that into action. I realized very early my restlessness had to be channelled into things I could do.
Working with friends isn’t easy – the nature of an artistic project means it’s about two strong visions colliding and a bit of mental wrestling.
I’ve been working in television for a long time, and I know all aspects of television.
The interest in character-driven content over narrative-driven ditto is increasing; that’s why television steps in. Personally, I love it, since psychology and character, really, are my beacons.
I wish I had been born 20 years earlier, so I could have been in the movie business in the 1970s.
I was a huge fan of this band called Sparks. It was a pretty good inauguration to music, since their music is quite complex.
Art is never finished. It is only abandoned.