About Scott Cudmore
Picture this: you’re at a dinner party, feeling a little introverted, contemplating The Self. The man to your left, puffing on a fantastic pipe, strikes up a conversation with you. You talk for hours, long into the night…
You are Scott Cudmore.
And that man is Carl Jung.
Scott cites Jung as the “big time” biggest influence on his work as a director. And his answer to that age-old ideal dinner party guest question. Not to psychoanalyse too much, but perhaps this explains Scott’s instinctual approach to filmmaking, noting that the more he’s able to run with his intuition, the better the work is. The result is gutsy, fearless, often meta work from a director with a swathe of experience and a honed creative vision.
The work of British New Wave director, Lindsay Anderson, specifically if… and O Lucky Man! inspired Scott to become a filmmaker. These films hit Scott hard, a whole new way of telling stories and working with the camera. There’s a common surreal touch throughout Scott’s work, often exploring the interior world of his characters with an imaginative, inventive approach. Scott’s films hit that delectable sweet spot between bold, unexpected humor and extreme reliability thanks to their ample serving of heart.
When asked what he’s like to work with, Scott gets uncomfortable, claiming: “Uhhhh, no idea. That’s for other people to answer.” Which feels like a very analytic psychology answer, concerned with the projection of self. But an impressive range of artists, includinging N*E*R*D, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Alt-J, like working with him so he’s definitely doing something right.
Overall, Scott’s work often questions where to draw the line between fantasy and reality. Jung would be proud.