For my tastes, I have long encouraged the practice of getting away from the cinema of excess and getting back to the compromise. I have always learned a great deal by bouncing back and forth between budgets. Truth be told, for me it is out of necessity, not strategy. Yet for directors, the proof has come that it should be part of the process.
I was completely inspired by Danny Boyle's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. In many, many ways: Form and content aligned; Not only was it about the world today, it was about film history and where it can go; It had total respect for the audience and desired to both please, inform, and encourage. We all need to reach higher.