With Boyhood’s six Oscar nominations, we’re throwing our support behind Linklater’s mind-blowing coming-of-age tale.

With Boyhood’s six Oscar nominations, we’re throwing our support behind Linklater’s mind-blowing coming-of-age tale.

Richard Linklater is a man of many faces. To some he’s the low-budget indie champion who spawned the Slacker generation, to others he’s the visionary behind the Before… trilogy, the rotoscoping pioneer of Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, or the funny man who unleashed School of Rock and made Jack Black a movie star.

But he may be remembered above all for one historic film: Boyhood. On Sunday his groundbreaking coming-of-age drama filmed over 12 years is up for six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director.

To wish him good luck at the 87th Academy Awards, here are five secrets to Richard Linklater’s success – in his own words – drawn from our sister publication Little White Lies, who devoted a whole issue to Boyhood.

Start young

“I was the kid in fifth grade whose short story would end up getting read to the principal.”

Learn on the job

“I meet filmmakers who are hot right now and I just think, ‘Go make your next film’. Just do it, don’t sit in LA developing it for four years because it’ll just drain you. They don’t even really pay you properly while you’re developing a film. Work with your hands, that’s my advice.”

Steer clear of the money men

“I avoid the industry as much as possible. The focus on business you get in Los Angeles is just so depressing; everyone’s focused on the commerce end. … I think anyone who’s on the path to be a gun-for-hire probably deserves to be. They probably don’t have a burning passion or enough of their own stories.”

Austin, Texas

“Austin is the place I escaped to. I came here as a high school kid, I had a lot of friends here and it’s where I first started seeing live music. It felt like a place of freedom and creativity. There were all these people in bands and a lot of artists. Where I came from, I didn’t think I needed to go to LA or New York, this was the big league. … I guess I just like the way folks’ brains work around here.”

Push Yourself

“I honestly don’t think I’ve changed as a filmmaker over the last 18 years. I’m always trying to push myself, but I feel confident in my ability to be consistent with a project over a number of years.”

Read the full interview, read the Little White Lies review or grab a copy of The Boyhood Issue.

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