This week we discuss the new Ghostbusters remake, we get some directing advice from William Friedkin’s interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, and also talk about using playback on set.
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The Daily Struggle
- Alrik talks a little about his work producing his Korean-American feature and the current casting process and a few words about the film he is script supervising.
Timothy talks about Boxing Helena and how it killed securing A-list actors without funding first.Check out this 1993 article from Entertainment Weekly that talks about Boxing Helena.
Timothy talks about his existential crisis. What does life mean? What does any of this mean?
After the success of the Sweetos commercials, it feels like, now what?
Timothy feels like he’s made movies, his acheived goals, but what does it all mean? What is it that I exactly have to say?
The indie film ‘Dope’ has a true voice, Timothy feels like he doesn’t have a movie in him like that.
Topic #1- The new Ghostbusters Trailer
Did Sony Executives control the humor in the film or is this purely the filmmakers voice?
- Alrik argues that the hollywood system takes any unique idea and makes it acceptable for everyone.
- Timothy argues that the filmmakers probably made those choices because they thought they were the best for the film.
Topic #2- William Freidkin on Directing Techniques.
William Friedkin, the director famous for ‘The French Connection” and ‘The Exorcist’ talks with Marc Maron about the way he directed Gene Hackman, among other subjects..
Timothy outlines Friedkin’s approach to directing Gene Hackman in the French Connection.
Alrik talks about Oliver Stone directing Michael Douglas in Wall Street.
Timothy and Alrik discuss what they would be willing to do as far as manipulating actors.
Timothy then sets up how Friedkin directed Linda Blair in The Exorcist.
We wrap up our thoughts on if all directors are manipulating their actors.
Topic #3- Playback and How We Use It
Alrik talks about using playback to check big camera shots with a lot of movement.
Timothy and Alrik have a quick discussion of using the monitor versus no monitor.
Timothy talks about how he uses playback.
Timothy talks about how M. Night Shyamalan used to playback every take for his earlier movies and how he moved past that.
Playback is a great tool but most of us won’t have time to playback more than the really important shots.
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