American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has big dreams as a filmmaker. The 32-year-old singer recently spoke about overcoming self-doubt as a music video director and revealed that she would like to write and direct a full-length feature film in the future. The Blank Space singer said the same during a screening of All Too Well: The Short Film, held at the Beacon Theater in New York City as part of the 2022 Tribeca Festival.
As People Magazine reports, Swift spoke to filmmaker Mike Mills after he opened up about his experience in directing with music videos like “The Man,” “Cardigan,” and “Willow,” and how it all came together. Led to the production of Khair: Short Film, which he wrote and directed.
She said, “I was always very curious. I was always watching, learning, and trying to absorb as much as I could. For some music videos [in my career]I just started going into editing and making changes.
During their conversation, Taylor Swift also said that she would often conceptualize her own music videos until her 2019 song ‘The Man’ before handing it over to an experienced director. She noted the story of how it all began, saying, “It started with meditation, and it went from interfering with editing to writing treatments for music videos… That was about ten years ago, According to People Magazine.
After writing her video treatment, Swift attempted to hire a female director, but no one she knew was available: “All my favorite female directors were booked and busy, which is great. We love it.”
At the time, Swift was filming the 2020 Miss Americana documentary, received advice from its director Lana Wilson, and ended up directing “The Man” herself, sparking a new creative desire for the singer-songwriter. “Once I started directing music videos, I didn’t want to do it.”
Still, the All Too Well songwriter had to overcome self-doubt before he could officially consider himself a director. “I think I had this imposter syndrome in my head like, ‘No, you don’t do that. Other people do the same things that went to school. [direct],'” Swift explained.
At the time, Mills admitted that he didn’t even go to directing school, which relieved Swift. “Oh! That’s great to know. It makes me feel good,” she said.
She adds, “Don’t you think it’s a wonderful exercise to trust your gut instinct? There are so many decisions that you have to make. Most of the time saying ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I’m not sure’ is really I don’t have an option.”
“It can be, if told correctly,” he replied.
“Maybe she’s just a female director,” Swift joked.
After writing and directing All Too Well: The Short Film, which stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien in the lead roles, Swift has developed big dreams for herself as a filmmaker.
The idea of directing a short film has paved the way for a full-length project for the actress. She said, “It would be awesome to write and direct a feature. I don’t see it as big in terms of scale. I loved making a film that was so intimate with a crew that was relatively small, a very solid group of people that I trusted. ,
In November 2021, Swift released a 13-minute short film that serves as a music video for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version), the fan-favorite from 2012’s Raid. There is an extended take on the song. Years Red (Taylor’s Version) is the latest album in her ongoing re-recording series.