Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Collaboration:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Film Directing Program's Guest Artist Workshop, December 2, 2010

In an effort to reach out and collaborate with young artists and media-makers nation-wide, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been touring a select group of colleges this past fall.  As a part of the Film Directing Program’s Guest Artist Workshop, Gordon-Levitt joined CalArtians in The Bijou Theater for a discussion of his acting career and an introduction to hitRECord’s collaborative process. Gordon-Levitt was particularly excited about sharing his collaborative production company with the abundance of artistic talent at CalArts.

“Are we recording?”

Gordon-Levitt started five years ago as an outlet for his own creativity.  Since then it has evolved into a professional mass-collaborative production company with which anyone with an internet connection can contribute to a range of digital multimedia projects directed by Gordon-Levitt.

Here’s how it works:

  • become a member at
  • contribute RECords–original material such as writings, music, illustrations, animations, or video
  • other users can then download your RECords, modify them, build upon them, and reupload them as new RECords
  • with enough activity and Gordon-Levitt’s support, the RECord could evolve into a larger-scale project.

As a result, has collaboratively produced a number of short films that were screened at the 2010 Sundance and SXSW film festivals.

Audience members also got a sneak peak of the then-unpublished pages of’s latest project, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (view the original RECord here). Since published, the tiny book is now available for purchase. Great stocking stuffer Gordon-Levitt claims.

Gordon-Levitt’s nearly two-hour presentation at The Bijou was followed by questions from the audience. Gordon-Levitt cited Rian Johnson, director of Brick, as a strong influence. As a director, Johnson knew what he wanted, but he was also open to the creative inspiration of others involved in the production. Gordon-Levitt’s goal is to combine as much creative input as possible in order to create richer, collaborative projects.

Gordon-Levitt’s opening remarks submitted as a “RECord” on

Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeeth Date – The Zeppelin Zoo
An original production presented at SXSW 2010.

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Actor Ewan McGregor (l) is interviewed by CalArts faculty Jon Reiss.

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