Sam Mendes, Sam I, WGN discussed on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
I WanNa read it with you and I was like okay great because I love Claverie. I love we hadn't cool written in the other two projects texbook. He'd been very involved from a story point of view and it just worked. And with the right collaborator. It's half the work with the wrong collaborator. It's five times the work but Sam I knew the right Collab- aretha right off the bat. I was like okay. Don Alright wherever you want all right menus for you. Essentially I think said that and then he said is going to be set in the first World War and he had no idea that I was fa- I grew up fascinated by the first of all I was like obsessed with a gain weird kid and so like I had all this wealth of knowledge and I was already on the phone I was like I know things things about that. I am prepared. I am and then he was like okay. I have this one image. It's my grandfather. Seventeen years old carrying carrying a later through no-man's-land lost in the folk and two right off the bat. I was like I was like okay. This is the war movie that people are going to expect. I am and I sort of knew that. From working with salmon from doing his taste it was never going to be Guns and glory. Kinda thing I'm big. It gave me like a real sort of sense of this would be very very kind of driven and like I was on board at Beasley. My dream job landed on my lap. One rainy Tuesday morning. Yes is dancing in my pajamas on the phone. Trying to get a break because again I'm writer and then he finished the call by going. Oh by the way it's going to be one show. And then he hung up on me and he's allowed to deduct because easy Sam Mendes. But it's still a dick move. Okay well I mean his grandfather lance corporal. Alfred h Menendez he was a messenger in world. War One one and this wasn't this movie is not his experiences inspired by it but soon from there to my knowledge guys went into breaking basically your outline. I think mayhem like two days later. I had many questions as what do you mean. Oh One sean how are you going to do this. And like many other angry questions like like that and then when I kind of haired his reasoning behind it like the it would it would create an intimacy on anything else. I was like okay. I'm so I am and then we. We sat down and we. I came with a bunch of books that were my grandfather's remind growing up like just a bunch of World War One can I onto cones and he had alluded and we sort of treated them off and I was like look at this possibility that passion we formed the characters very loosely like that we can use it. There is going to be sort of an older and a younger one that they would be different am main altogether we wanted to portray can of lake. Even though they're both sutures are both humans and and so we wanted differences in them and we talked a little bit about that and then we got mop certainly worked. We're the HINDENBURG. Lane was where that would be more than de France. What towns it was near the actual right? Were you just looking on Google maps to figure out where they go really. I mean I lied to wins. The imperial Roman did proper research for the time being it was Google maps. I am and we have a finite period. Because it's in real time to see how well Fargo's somebody walks swim over the heck with inactivity and landscape. That would move through because the last thing we wanted you when it's one show when it's in real time you're very aware when you're stuck in the same location the seeps into you get bored of it very quickly and we knew that there was never going to be huge money to dial it wasn't it was never to feel theatrical had to feel real and so we had to balance a little of that and plausibly how many landscapes could you go through many different palettes. Could you arrive at and so we did that by literally. Looking at a map I later went frans. I walked the exact route. The boys with teak in the film if the foam have been real but but that was all integral to the proofs. I see actual geographical journey because then not logistical lookie here. This might happen to them here. This might we had like a laundry list of things that we both wanted to see in a first World War movie did you. Just kind of bullet pointed. Yeah we definitely like I the list. Just this is my dream. Can of like things will get in here. These are these are my dream characters. This is the sort of these are some sequences. I'm interested in and then we started Arctic. Piecing it together in a way that would feel real when when we go down to that siege of had to be axed for instance we would have loved a gas attack because so world war four one or a machine gun attack because they're so integral to what you think of the First World War but when actually came to scripting it it didn't feel real that one or two men could go through that many anything's that it just felt you would feel the authors handed and actually weirdly. The script was trying to do and in fact what every department trying to disappear in this film like we're trying to strip we. We all artists with you. Just watch the movie and expedients one hundred ten minutes to make an immersive experience. Exactly exactly. That's interesting because at the end of the day a by stripping away those elements. You are painting in very broad strokes which I think is one of the powerful things of the film and I'm not alone in that thought by the way congrats Gradison your wgn nomination share.