It doesn’t always go that way on set. Embrace the Chaos!
Movies like Nomad land and Midnight sky it looks very different on paper. One is a minimalist look at life in the Midwest, the other is an expensive science fiction film about life on earth.
But when it comes down to it, every movie was made by a director who got something unexpected and worked with it.
The directors are Chloé Zhao and George Clooney. In your THR round tableBoth talked about what it was like to embrace the “happy accidents” on set and what those twists gave them in terms of storytelling and the experience.
During the discussion, Clooney reveals to Zhao that he shot Felicity Jones when she was telling him, “Well, I’m pregnant.”
Clooney said, “I knew how to answer that, which is, ‘Congratulations!’ But when you see my face I’m like, ‘Oh, shit.’ ”
That was a bit of a complication because it wasn’t written on the character and he wasn’t sure when it was going to start showing. Or whether that would change the story as it was told from two perspectives.
He had a decision to make. Clooney accepted the situation. “You know, women are pregnant every day, go to work and do their jobs.”
Clooney paused to praise her Nomad land Star Frances McDormand, whose Oscar-winning portrayal of a pregnant cop in Fargo was a landmark role for her. “Why not in space?” he decided.
That happy accident gave the character some depth and inadvertently gave a lot of hope for the future of the mission when the movie ends.
For Zhao, she had to find a way to deal with a lot of real people, most of whom had no acting experience and who were facing one of the greatest actors of a generation. So each day was both a challenge and a series of those random moments that made it into the movie.
“We only got to know people a few days before shooting,” said Zhao. Most weren’t used to cameras or hits or other things that come with making movies.
So Zhao had to plan and maneuver with skillful precision.
“You have to adjust something quickly for Fran so that this scene can be included in the film,” she said. “Often a very personal story [would come up at] at the last minute where they [decided] they wanted to share or not. That was really the heart and soul of the movie. I was very lucky to have them. ”
I love to hear how these two high profile directors dealt with problems that arose in their films. There is no such thing as a perfect movie. We have a lot of problems on set that need to be resolved if something happens. Every director goes through this, so you’re not alone. Just turn it and use it as inspiration.
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