This site will work and look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.
"But you've never fought me."
11981 members |
you are not logged in
| 25 April 2018
Joss discusses working with actors with NOW Toronto at TIFF.
A couple of nice gems in this short but sweet piece.
"Deciding to film in your house means you can walk around with a glass of wine and go, 'move that!'" he laughs. "The location scout was maybe my favourite ever."
Whedon is the sort of creative force with whom actors love to work; everyone juggled their schedules to be available for the Much Ado shoot on very short notice. I ask him whether there's anything he does with actors that other writers and directors don't.
"The safety of a set is sacred to me"" he says after a moment's thought. "You know, I never studied directing; I never really studied writing. I don't know some secret language; I was like, 'I don't know the handshake! I'm not gonna be able to direct!'
"But what I understand is what an actor wants to know. 'Why am I doing this, and how should it come out?' And 'Will I be safe to try something strange?' And 'Will I be asked to do more?' I don't come at it from any other standpoint than that; I come at it from, 'How can I help you the most? I can't manipulate you, or bully you, or explain things to you in some visual, crazy way. I can only say, 'You are sad now. But the scene has to be funny. So how are we gonna combine those things?'
"Just clarity and honesty has gotten me so far," he says. "And these extraordinary actors? I give them notes, and I guide them, but the point is they were all that good when I met them. My talent is just in knowing that."
This thread has been closed for new comments.
You need to log in
to be able to post comments.
© 2002 - 2017 - WHEDONesque.com
Individual posts are copyright their respective authors
This is a non-profit, unofficial website, not affiliated with Mutant Enemy, Inc., 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers or UPN.