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The Movie Crypt

Aug 29, 2022

PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Bill Watterson (DAVE MADE A MAZE) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his career journey and take a deep dive into directing tricks and techniques. From Bill finding his way to Los Angeles through running away from things feeling stalled at home… to the pros and cons of signing with a major agency versus a smaller agency… to the storytelling benefits of using “oners” that change from wide shots to close-ups within the same shot… to shooting “oners…with coverage” and long takes at different performance speeds when time permits as a safety to have in editing… to the benefits of pulling off a simple insert shot at the very start of a shooting day to control the politics of the daily production report… to the artistic joy of shooting something as unique as DAVE MADE A MAZE and the incredibly talented crew that such a “different” project can actually attract… you’ll be itching to grab a camera and go be YOU by the end of this extremely passionate conversation! 

Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a storyteller who is suffering from a major life tragedy that seems to have disenchanted his will to write and Bill explains how sometimes it’s right when things are at their absolute worst that a light can suddenly arrive at the end of your dark tunnel.