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Godless creator Scott Frank offers good advice for artists

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Scott Frank, creator of the new seven-part Netflix Western called Godless, was recently interviewed by Teri Gross on NPR's Fresh Air. During the interview Frank shares some valuable advice for artists.

The first piece of advice Frank shares is the importance of working for yourself.

To make a living, artists often spend more time creating work for paying customers. Franks explains it it took 30 years as screen writer and director to realize trying creating for other people often compromises the work. 
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“I had been sort of twisting myself into a pretzel to keep everybody happy and somehow keep me happy and nobody was happy…. When it came to making Godless I was going to make damn sure I was making it for me,” said Frank.

Frank also shares the importance of simplicity, and credits his director of photography on Godless, Steven Meizler for that. Simpler is better.

“The art of simplifying is what makes things elegant and more interesting,” said Frank.

As a photographer, I wholeheartedly agree with this. Many times, a simpler composition, lighting technique or pose is much more effective. By stripping away all of the unnecessary elements, you can achieve a better result.
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The final take away from Frank's interview is that our part of the world is fantastically beautiful and that a Western landscape serves an as important part in the story.

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“It’s an incredibly beautiful aesthetic. When a Western is well-shot you can’t stop looking. You can stay in a scene or a composition forever," said Frank.

To illustrate, check out these still images from Godless. It has an incredible cast and includes an amazing performance by Jeff Daniels as the series' villain Frank Griffin. If you like a good Western? You won’t be disappointed!

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.


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