Tracy Letts, DR, Henry Ford discussed on The Director's Cut



Know what the scenes about than I should know where the camera should go to cover the very thing that it's about so that the And that should I don't use. I don't carry many cameras on the show like even a second camera to me sometimes traumatic So that's the for me. The one at a time is actually more efficient. I'm if that answers any question as well. That's amazing I didn't have your film schoolteacher feature but When I was doing my first film swingers the only thing I story boarded where the transition transitional shots I last shot because I was like? How do I story board? What happens during the scene? Because I don't know what's going to happen during the scene. They're going to have to act and I'll figure it out but I was thinking I got a story board but the only thing I could actually intuitively figure out you could story. The board is the last shot of a scene in the first of the next. It's absolutely and with the things too fond would always say which I thought was so true. Was You know he felt the narrative film was trapped by continuity you. You have to make everything match and the light the match the people at the match and then it's so boring. He was an ninety year old Russian filmmaker but he thought that the transitional shot was also the the most creative because it was the one. That defied are normal seeing experiences. We we cannot in the blink of an eye be home. We cannot in the blink of an eye be ten years from now so the the magic of cinema is in the cut and the power of that cut in the juxtaposition of it which is partly why. Sometimes I get sad about the the fashion the the cut as ice when I teach young filmmakers and is trying to do everything in a one like as if the cut were some kind of concession When the cut is one of the most powerful powerful tools we have I mean wonder films are awesome and exciting too? But it's it's just the fashion of kind of feeling that the cut has become something people actually feel was a kind of like a crutch as opposed to a thing of beauty. So the question is Tracy Letts and casting of Tracy and well I I Have always been a fan. I mean I discovered Tracy I think for the first time through homeland where he plays the kind of diabolical a biological conniving CIA I think senator winds up taking over the Seattle remember. But he's great and that show and I felt like was mesmerizing arising in that show and I was like who is guy and then became conscious retroactively of him as a writer and When this role came up it just seemed like a home run to me? I can't tell you why or how I just felt like I'd be lucky to get him And and I was lucky enough to get him. And he's a great actor and I think what's fascinating about. This part was the idea again of of that that he didn't see himself as a type he saw himself as a legacy operating under the tremendous burden of inheriting accompany company in the family name. And what are you going to do with it. In sales are declining and And also a guy who's only lived in wealth and in a kind of bubble. I mean I think that's what's so lovely about his work in the senior mad takes for Dr is a tracy pulls you in. You're you're laughing at him for a moment and then you're suddenly suddenly. What makes the scene interesting? It doesn't end there. Suddenly he touches you when you realize he's a person and and he has pain and he's lonely he and he never gets to ride in a car and what a and suddenly he's a completely different human being to you you know and And Tracy took took that a country mile. It was beautiful but he did there. No we made those city How closely does the film hugh to to the actual events and that's my partner acids a reporter for CBS? The and the the the reality of the answer is that a- all our research and our researchers told us they do stuff like that to each other all the time in the pits and Carol was always screwing with the opposition and then I asked star researchers. How would they screw with the opposition? And they'd say well we could steal something. You could throw it not or Washer under the thing you could dump a little motor oil in the where the car just pulled pulled out when they're not looking good and all. This stuff was standard operating procedure. So I I'm being too coy and saying we just made it up. But that it was that he did it at that race ace. At that time I have no idea what was the other one lockinge. BB in the closet didn't happen but dragged shaking. Henry Ford for Dr did happen. Did he do it exactly like like Tracy did it. It is a reaction no but they took him for a drive in the car to to let him know because he was about about to cancel them or make another change and they needed to put him in the car to realize what they had come up with. Most everything in the broad strokes is based on reality. We just have to Obviously we're making a motion picture. Obviously thank you thank you.

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