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Interview with 'Gravity' producer David Heyman at National Board of Review Gala

Producer David Heyman attends the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 7, 2014 in New York City
Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

On Jan. 7, was on the red carpet at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. We had the opportunity to speak with David Heyman, who served as a producer on Warner Bros. "Gravity." "Gravity" which was directed by Alfonso Cuarón, stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film was honored as one of the top films of the year and was given a "Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award."

How do you choose your projects?

Heyman: The only thing I know how to do is to get involved with projects that touch a cord. It’s hard to say what that is? But it’s all really about finding stories that I emotionally connect with. With "Harry Potter" it was a book that made me laugh, I related the book, to the story of being an outsider, which I think we could all relate to.

What did you love about "Gravity"?

Heyman: With "Gravity" I really related this woman’s journey of overcoming adversity and learning to live very much in the present as opposed to the past and see the potential and possibility that life has to offer. And of course the most significant thing was the having opportunity to work with Alfonso Cuarón that really was the draw. So it’s just projects that move me, that touch me that make me laugh, that make me cry.

What advice do you have for aspiring producers?

Heyman: Be passionate follow your heart because you’re gonna be rejected day in day out. I face rejection on a daily basis, it’s inevitable. Whether you’re a producer or frankly an actor or director or anybody in the business you are turned down again and again because something isn’t right for somebody. You just got to be tenaciously, got to be passionate, got to believe in what you are doing.

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