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Film directors and their crew discuss the techniques and approaches to capturing fruitiness on the big (and small) screen...
John Badham has written a couple of excellent books where he passed on advice about directing movies, and the lessons he's learned across his own career. In the latest, John Badham On Directing, he raises the spectre of filming sex scenes, and the problems that ensue.
Actors get really spooked when it comes to intimacy in a scene, even kissing", he wrote. "This is where the director has to be extremely patient with the actors and know that the emotional or intimate part of scenes don’t always shoot as easily as the production department thinks they should. The actors are not robots on a Toyota assembly line".
But just how do different filmmakers approach putting intimacy on film? In lots of different ways, is the answer...
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled jury members for its feature film competition programs for its 22nd edition during Jan. 22-28, Variety has learned.
Along with Peli, the best-known Slamdance alumni include Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. Significant titles that debuted at Slamdance include “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”
The Slamdance feature competition is limited to films made with budgets under $1 million and made by first-time directors. The awards will be presented Jan. 28 at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah.
Narrative features jury members include Russell, »
- Dave McNary
Now that Juan Antonio Boyega is reportedly out of the post-apocalyptic picture for the follow-up to Marc Forster’s “World War Z” adaptation — and I mean “adaptation” in the very loosest sense of the word — the director’s chair is again vacant for movie two. But someone’s bound to claim it, right? Sure, was a famously plagued production: the entire third act had to be re-written, re-shot and re-edited in post; Matthew Fox’s scenes were all but completely nixed — sorry Charlie; and the budget skyrocketed to unheard of proportions by the end of it. »
The upcoming sequel to World War Z has hit a problem, as we now learn that the movie has lost its director.
Juan Antonio Bayona had taken the film on, replacing the original World War Z movie helmer Marc Forster. Bayona has been on World War Z 2 for a year or so, but a time problem has led to his departure.
According to Deadline, Bayona had asked for time to wrap up his new movie, A Monster Calls, which is currently in post-production. Bayona had signed up for World War Z 2 on the condition that he could finish A Monster Calls off, but the helmer needed more preparation time for World War Z 2, that would had led to a delay in filming. »
The studio disclosed Bayona’s departure late Monday, adding that it still plans to make the film this year. The film is scheduled for release on June 9, 2017.
“Because of pre-existing film commitments, Bayona is not able to make ‘World War Z’ this year, and it is our ambition to do so,” Paramount said. “He is a wonderful director and we hope to work with him soon.”
The original “World War Z” was directed by Marc Forster and was based on Max Brooks’ 2006 novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.” The screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, »
- Dave McNary
5 items from 2016
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