Aaron Ruell Quotes

Derek Aaron Ruell (born June 23, 1976 in Fresno, California), is an American director and photographer. He is most recognized for his performance as Kip Dynamite in the indie movie Napoleon Dynamite

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Being an actor really, really strengthens me as a director. There's just a certain type of understanding that comes from having been there and knowing how much is really being asked of actors that helps me.

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I like to mix pieces in my art direction from the '60s or the '40s and the '90s and present-day stuff. To me, that feels very real. When I go into people's houses, it's not all today.

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I feel as if I've been fairly successful with maintaining a cohesive tone between the work I make as a photographer and as a director.

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With the work that I do as a director, I've got dialogue, camera movement, and character blocking to help create a tone to the piece. In photography, those elements are somewhat void so that tone becomes a bit more subtle but still equally important.

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It's just this little comedy about this group of guys, and their local hangout is a pool hall, and it's starting to get taken over by this big corporate, evil kind of guy. And it's just about them trying to save the day and their little pool hall in the process of it all. It's called 'Think Tank.'

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If I do a certain number of ads, I have to do a personal project in between, just for my own sanity. I still consider myself a punk-rock kid.

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My introduction to the Madonna Inn came as a young boy when we would take summer vacations to a nearby town. My dad would take us into their gift shop bathroom, which was a huge waterfall that functioned as the men's urinal. So as a kid, this was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.

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“I get asked if I am Kip about once a week.”

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“It's allowed all of us to do what we were doing before, which was making small movies, but now we get paid for it. It legitimatized all of us after the film became such a success. I'm directing my first feature that I also wrote this spring called 'Warm Blue Day.' There are a couple of movies that I'm acting in this fall. I'm also a photographer, and I've got three gallery shows left to do this year. And when I'm not doing that, I'm directing commercials.”

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“That's my lady? She actually has a very big husband.”

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“All of our clothing came from thrift stores or Wal-Mart, and we did our own stunts.”

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