It’s very difficult to plan. We’re constantly taking things at the beginning that look great and putting them into a frame that really doesn’t show the full potential that the actor has. It’s very difficult to be realistic about what you can do. You’re constantly trying to think of how best to take things, how best to present a certain image and how best to make it look real.
What’s the difference at different stages of the film?
On the first day we’re starting to do the physical elements of the film. We shoot in a lot of light; a lot of light. It can be hard to get a lot of light on a set when you’ve got a whole lot of people around you. We are trying to do that in the camera and all the different things that we can do.
I’ve seen you talk about directing. How do you plan these things?
That’s the hardest thing. It’s very specific. I have never done any actual film directing, but I know I would struggle to know anything beyond basic lighting. Sometimes it seems a very daunting process for the artist. I just talk from my experiences, I’m very confident that I know what I’m doing and I know how it should look and I know what I’m doing with it and I know what I’m doing on the soundstage and in the green room.
I think I’ve learned something in the last two years, I feel comfortable with the process. I try to be open, because I don’t want to tell someone they’re wasting their time. I want them to just go. This is what you need to know, it’s like, “OK. You’re just going to sit here and watch.”
It’s so easy for someone to jump in and do everything. It’s easy to say, “If you’re going to do that, then get it set up.” You don’t want people to think it’s easy. You want them to just be there, really just go. That’s what I do, and I think that’s where the film has benefited from my experience as a screenwriter because I’ve learned to ask questions and ask for answers.
Was there any criticism from the studios and directors you worked with that you didn’t understand?
No. It was never this difficult. Sometimes when you shoot something, you get it, and sometimes that is like watching a movie. Then it’s like, “Wow. That was fantastic. I
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