MCN Curated Headlines Archive for March, 2017

“We experimented a lot with facial features where we might try an Asian eye with an African arm. It was really difficult to get all that stuff working in harmony in a concise character that doesn’t just look like some hodgepodge that’s been thrown together.”
WETA Workshoppers On Making Ghost In The Shell‘s Robotic Psycho Geisha Girls And More

“Oh, man. Thank you for this question. As a football supporter, I feel Mexican. But my true self is completely Latin American. Mexico is my cocina, my kitchen. It is where I hang, where I talk to my mother. But Latin America is my home. If you travel through Latin America, you see we are one. We all share the same history, the same spirit. It is the real melting pot. Go back far enough and I don’t even know where I come from.”
Gael García Bernal

LA Times

“I see movies all the time where I question why the hell they even made them, because the animus is so clearly nonfilmic. I don’t mean that you need to have thundering herds or raging gunfights as opposed to ideas, but I think certain things are more filmic than others. Genre filmmaking does supply a kind of structure that allows the filmmaker and the audience some common ground to then say, ‘Let’s see what we’re going to do on our little journey here.'”
Walter Hill On Genre

“The only platform I’m interested in talking about is theatrical exhibition.”
“Netflix, my ass.”
“I hope people see it in the theatre, where it was meant to be seen.”
Christopher Nolan, Tom Rothman And Sofia Coppola At CinemaCon

hollywoodreporter.com

“I think we proved to you that we really believe in the theatrical experience by fully supporting the theatrical window for our releases.”
Amazon Studios On Supporting Theatrical Window

“These days, there’s also a continuing crisis in masculinity that’s tied up with deindustrialization and the rise of feminism and cultural equality.”
T2 Trainspotting‘s Irvine Welsh In The Modern World

NY Times

“I got sick and tired of seeing ballets about relationships, or mythological forests 10 centuries ago. Of the ballets I saw, very few of them were about the contemporary world. So I thought why not take an extreme subject — like psychotics in a prison for the criminally insane — and see if something resembling a classical ballet could be made out of their behavior, their movements, their tics, convulsions and obsessions.”
At Eighty-Seven, Frederick Wiseman Turns To The Ballet

“It’s a true collaboration with us. He taught me everything. I knew nothing about editing. But it’s a true collaboration now, and I can’t begin to tell you how much of a joy it is to be in the room with him. Because we talk about everything, not just the movie. And he’s so rich, he’s such an extraordinary genius, and to watch the suffering he goes through while making a movie is something quite special to share.”
Thelma Schoonmaker On A Life In Martin Scorsese Movies

hollywoodreporter.com

“I can’t presume to say what everybody is getting from the film. It definitely, for lack of a better word, is a more fun way to engage in a discussion about race.”
Jordan Peele On What Get Out Can Teach H’wd

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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up