Alexander Payne is a director of feature films, television, music videos, short films, documentaries, and digital content. His films include Citizen Ruth, About Schmidt, Election, About Ray, Sideways, Obvious Child, Downsizing, and A Quiet Place. The joy of discovery is something that most filmmakers have to experience at some point in their lives. This is real for people who work on independent films. Instead, they are left with a small number of resources that they can use to make their movies come alive.
The joy of discovery is something that most filmmakers have to experience at some point in their lives. This is real for people who work on independent films. Instead, they are left with a small number of resources that they can use to make their movies come alive. Alexander Payne believes that everyone should have the opportunity to create.
Payne is one filmmaker who has made a name for himself by working on these kinds of projects. He first gained notoriety when he wrote and directed Citizen Ruth in 1996, receiving critical acclaim and several awards. In 2016 alone, he had three movies under his belt: The Descendants and Nebraska starring George Clooney and Bruce Dern, respectively, and Downsizing starring Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz. Ups and downs have marked his career, but this has not stopped him from continuing to create movies that ignite the imagination and challenge the norms of filmmaking.
His love for motion pictures has influenced Alexander Payne’s approach to filmmaking. Payne would also watch television shows like The Honeymooners, and I Love Lucy, which helped build his passion for storytelling. From there on, he decided that he wanted to make movies for a living and enrolled at Stanford University to study film production. Payne never took long to realize that he did not like the environment at Stanford. He then attended the AFI Conservatory, where he met his future collaborator Jim Taylor.
Payne has also directed one episode of the show titled “The Blackout Part 1,” which aired in 2013. Payne’s “Downsizing” is about a man who decides to undergo a procedure to shrink himself to five inches tall. The aim was to live longer and live more comfortably without worrying about money.