‘Suburbicon’ Production Designer On Cobbling Together Idyllic ’50s Suburb Out Of Disparate SoCal Locations
Tackling a period project that feels true to life, rather than an imitation of the past, is no easy feat for any production designer—but it doesn’t hurt to have lived through the period being depicted. Such was the case for Oscar-nominated production designer Jim Bissell, who has spent much of his career depicting different epochs of the American experience. Breaking out with Steven Spielberg’s E.T., Bissell sees an irony in the fact that at 66 years of age, he’s found… Read
‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World’ EPs On Their Celebration Of Musical Icons
“It's my first time seeing [the film]. It's fantastic, so moving. It's really a huge breakthrough—a huge subject. I think you can see this film again and again because there's so much stuff in here that I didn't know, that I'm grateful to find out,” iconic singer-songwriter Jackson Browne says of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World, a Sundance-premiering documentary in which he appeared. “So many people in this film are people I do know, but they all deserve a deep… Read
‘Birdboy’ Directors On Their Animated Horror Film & The Medium’s Boundless Opportunities For Expression
Before making his second directorial outing Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, Spanish writer-director Alberto Vázquez had the benefit of a long time spent with the material. Adapted from Psiconautas, a dark coming-of-age comic he wrote and subsequently turned into a short film, Birdboy saw Vázquez team with Pedro Rivero in the making of a unique animated film.
A pink-skied, post-apocalyptic tale rife with fear for the future of the planet, Birdboy is led by a cast of… Read
‘Dunkirk’ Sound Editor Richard King On Immersing An Audience In A Pivotal WWII Moment
Looking at Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk—or any film the director has made—one can imagine the difficulties the films must pose for his sound team. With images so epic and so spectacular, sound must follow suit, finding a way to equal what is seen on the screen—which is often remarkable, given Nolan’s preferred way of working, capturing as much in-camera as possible.
Working with Nolan since The Prestige, sound editor Richard King has become well-acquainted with the demands… Read
‘Foxtrot’ Director Samuel Maoz On The Nature Of Israel’s “Collective Trauma”
While Samuel Maoz’s Israeli Oscar entry Foxtrot was tremendously popular at the Venice Film Festival, taking the Grand Jury Prize, among other recognitions, it hasn’t been quite so popular in Israel itself, generating a great deal of controversy in Maoz’s homeland.
“Someone wrote me an email that said he was waiting for me outside my building. He wrote me that when I went out, he would throw acid on my face because they wanted me to be blind and not do films anymore,”… Read
‘The Big Sick’: Emily V. Gordon On Turning Life Into Art & How The Film Got Its Title
“A Pakistani stand-up comedian falls in love with a young woman who promptly falls into a coma.” This kind of elevator pitch would feel contrived, if it weren’t also based on a true story. But truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction.
As Emily V. Gordon drafted her screenplay for The Big Sick with husband Kumail Nanjiani (of HBO’s Silicon Valley), the problems she confronted were manifold. Primarily, it’s impossible to imagine a more personal cinematic endeavor than The Big… Read
‘Cries From Syria’ Director Evgeny Afineevsky Smuggled Himself Into Syria For Harrowing Doc
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky logged countless miles to make his latest documentary, Cries from Syria—with the passport stamps to prove it. "[I] was in Jordan… Lebanon and Bekaa Valley, Hezbollah territory," he tells Deadline of the places where he shot material for the film. "I was in all European countries because I was following the refugees."
He recounts spending time in Southern Turkey in the midst of shelling and, with the help of smugglers, crossing… Read
‘Birdshot’ Director Mikhail Red On Spotlighting “Beauty In The Philippines”
“In the Philippines, you have very low-budget films, so most films tend to be a certain style. Either you see cinema verité or very contemplative [filmmaking],” Birdshot director Mikhail Red told Deadline’s Dominic Patten after an Awardsline screening of the film, reflecting on the Filipino Oscar entry this year, which is more stylistically heightened by comparison.
“Making Birdshot, I wanted a Western set in the Philippines, so it had to have this more dynamic approach… Read
‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Director Noah Baumbach On His Personally Rooted Penchant For New York Stories
A defining voice in American independent cinema ever since his 1995 debut with Kicking and Screaming, Noah Baumbach has a natural knack for human observation and crafting sharp dialogue that feels entirely true. These talents are on display with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), a Netflix pic which premiered at Cannes to great acclaim, centering on the three dysfunctional adult children of a narcissistic, artistic patriarch.
Meyerowitz sees Baumbach working at… Read
‘Three Billboards’ Production Designer Inbal Weinberg On Martin McDonagh’s Unique Approach To Screen Language
Known for critically acclaimed collaborations with lauded filmmakers including Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond The Pines) and Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), production designer Inbal Weinberg has added Irish auteur Martin McDonagh to that list with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. With Three Billboards, Weinberg was tasked with crafting the fictional Ebbing, Missouri, a middle American small town that was neither bustling nor broken — a… Read
Andy Serkis Insists Performance Capture Acting Is Not “A Drug-Assisted Sport”
Andy Serkis says he’s "hanging by a thread" in the run-up to the release of his directorial debut Breathe. Starring Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield in the true story of a couple fighting polio, it's a departure for Serkis, who's won much critical acclaim acting in motion capture roles in such gems as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and War for the Planet of the Apes. Serkis will follow Breathe by helming next year's Jungle Book–a performance capture extravaganza… Read
‘Mother!’ Director Darren Aronofsky: Why His Home Invasion Thriller Is Like Kindergarten
Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is that rare movie that comes along every once in a while, a completely polarizing event that you have to experience, even if you ultimately think it is a train wreck. Count me among the admirers of a movie that is 69% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but drew an 'F' on CinemaScore. The director of such films as The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Noah and others doesn't care about either group, but wears the disparate opinions… Read