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I don't particularly like the idea that there's an arc to the story and that therefore in this scene you have to convey this bit of information or emotion. I like more the feeling that, of course, there is a shape to the story, but that each scene should feel right, should be true at that moment, and that gradually you accumulate these moments of truth until you get enough of them together that ...
Has made three movies based on novels by Thomas Hardy
(1996), based on "Jude the Obscure," The Claim
(2000), re-setting "The Mayor of Casterbridge" from rustic England to a California mining town, and Trishna
(2011), an update of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles.".
Often has actors improvise, rather than work exclusively from the script