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The Diving Bell and the ButterflyDP/30 brings us some of the most casual yet penetrating interviews with filmmaking talent, and this one pushes that envelope even more. In the format of a roundtable lunchtime chat in sunny Southern California, the creative crew behind The Diving Bell and the Butterfly exposes their approach to material that had no precedent, the perks of making the film outside the United States, and creating new conventions where none existed. Hit the jump to watch the 30 minute segment: More »

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With news surfacing a few days ago about Lynne Ramsay’s mysterious ’no-show’ on the set of her first gig as a director-for-hire Jane Got A Gun, many media outlets are reporting it as ‘irresponsible’ behavior. Speculation abounds. The ‘feminist western’ with Natalie Portman did not shoot as planned last Monday, leaving a crew of 150 wondering why they didn’t have a director and resulting in sending 175 extras home on the first day. Lynne had reportedly been having a feud with producer Scott Steindorff over the privilege of the all-important final cut. In the wake of this news that could either be interpreted as a middle finger to Hollywood or an artist’s attempt to grasp the ideal, it’s interesting to revisit this recently-published 2011 interview from DP/30, below: More »

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A few weeks ago Joss Whedon released a great video sarcastically addressing a growing concern involving independent films taking away precious screens from bigger Hollywood movies (like Whedon’s Avengers). Sleepwalk With Me, written and directed by comedian Mike Birbiglia and co-written and produced by This American Life’s Ira Glass, was singled out by Whedon as a particularly egregious offender. If your sarcastic nerve is broken you might not have found the humor in it, but Birbiglia and Glass have since responded. Now we have the pair sitting down with Film Courage and DP/30′s David Poland talking about their careers and the making of Sleepwalk With Me. More »

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This past weekend I went to go see the opening of Samsara in glorious 4K at Seattle’s Cinerama. The word “breathtaking” is often bandied about in movie reviews to the point where it’s become cliché, but believe me when I say that this movie is truly breathtaking. Shot on 70mm film in 25 countries over 5 years with no dialogue or narration, the film is essentially a visually rich cross-section of life around the globe. David Poland of DP/30 recently interviewed the makers of Samsara — director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson (the same filmmakers behind Baraka and Chronos) — to talk about the shooting and editing of the film and their thoughts on film and digital technologies. More »

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It’s obvious that we are in a very male-dominated industry, so it’s refreshing to see a female filmmaker getting attention for breaking stereotypes with her work. In this DP/30 interview, Leslye Headland, writer for the cancelled television series Terriers, and writer/director of the Sundance comedy Bachelorette, talks about the support she received from some comedy legends and geeks out about film narrative structure — specifically the movie Back to the Future. More »

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I checked in on the Oscar odds the other day out of curiosity, as it’s always a head-scratcher to me to find out which films are favored. One thing’s for sure: it seems to have very little to do with the zeitgeist (most recently evidenced by The King’s Speech winning over The Social Network). J.C. Chandor’s excellent $3 million financial drama Margin Call to me is the kind of film that should represent the year in movies (or, more to the point, the year in society), so here’s an interview by DP/30 with the first-time feature writer/director: More »