“Nine Days” is the movie of our time – how the hell did it come about?
A filmmaker’s dream has been interrupted …
The first feature film by writer / director Edson Oda Nine days premiered at Sundance 2020 where it won the Screenwriting Award and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
A dream come true for a filmmaker for the first time, isn’t it? The film, which is about social isolation and deep reflection on the meaning of life, was due to hit theaters later this year … until COVID-19 had other plans. It has isolated us all socially and made us all think about the meaning of life.
It’s finally coming to theaters this week (NY and LA on.) 30th July, everywhere else in the US 6th of August) and if you like ambitious films that ask existential questions, Nine days it will have been worth the wait. NFS founder Ryan Koo spoke to Oda and producer Jason Michael Berman (who also produced Koo’s own first feature film, AMATEUR) about the Herculean task of making a first feature film – especially one as ambitious as Nine days.
In this episode we talk about …
- Director Edson Oda’s background and early career, including screenwriting.
- How film competitions can be useful in getting some deadline and outside pressure rather than results.
- The process of going through the Sundance Writers’ Lab and actually making a movie out of it.
- Like the casting process for Nine days went, especially since the film was not yet funded at the time.
- How the team finally got the funding for their film and what hurdles there were.
- Oda’s prep process for filming his first feature film and why prep is one of the most important parts of the process.
- Why Oda didn’t rewrite a lot during filming.
- What surprised Oda most about the filming Nine days.
- Why you really have to believe in yourself, be resourceful and not give up when trying to make a feature film.
- Funny stories from (often stressful) filmmaking.
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