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- December 14, 1987
- Vol. 28
- No. 24
Gaining Exposure with Funny Shorts, Bryan Stoller Now Pants for a Feature Film
How does Stoller manage to squeeze such spacious egos into his little movies? "You listen and let them try what they want," he says. "Then you convince them to try it your way."
Stoller has been doing it his way since the age of 12, when his parents, real-estate agents in Ottawa, paid him to shoot houses they were trying to sell. By 13 he was making films for a Canadian TV kids' series, and by 16 he had written, directed and produced two network commercials. After high school, he headed for the American Film Institute in L.A., and now at last he can afford to think big. "The association with Paramount is worth more than money," he says. "They've already had me reading feature-film scripts." Appreciative colleagues insist there's no danger that Stoller's ego will inflate with his clout. "In two years, when he's big," Blair says confidently, "he'll still return your phone calls."
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