Take a Ride Through the Making of 'Boyhood'

IFC Films Presents the Making of Boyhood
One of the biggest hits of 2014, Boyhood takes us through the growing pains of an American family in real time. See how director Richard Linklater approached the process in this IFC Films making-of.

For me, the most interesting thing that Boyhood achieves is putting emphasis on those in-between moments in life -- the moments that we often overlook as unimportant. For filmmakers, those moments can easily get lost on the cutting room floor. What Linklater does here is elevate those moments, achieving what many filmmakers will recognize as a major tenant of the Italian neorealist philosophy. Cesare Zavattini urged that at the heart of neorealism lies an "innate capacity for showing things -- as they happen day by day -- in what we might call their 'dailiness', their longest and truest duration." Well, this is exactly what Linklater has done with Boyhood, quite literally. As he states in this video:

It's just another moment in your life. What's dramatic, what's not dramatic? What's banal, what's poetry?

Linklater is asking a key question here, and something I often think about in regards to my own filmmaking. Another concept this brings to mind is that of Tarkovsky's notion of time in regards to film: 

I think that what a person normally goes to the cinema for is time. Whether for time wasted, time lost, or time that is yet to be gained.

 If this is true, then Linklater is truly someone who truly is a modern sculptor of time.

What you do you think? Let's talk about Boyhood below!     

Your Comment


For someone who didn't know the work of Linklater until Boyhood. I later saw Slackers and Dazed and Confused. I think there isn't any other American director that has been able to capture a truly authentic and honest voice of what it's being young and in the moment. His work is always going for utmost possible realism.

December 20, 2014 at 11:29PM


Instant best picture Oscar right there. Just because he actually finished that. 12 Years A Film.

December 21, 2014 at 5:07PM

Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor

This film is a celebration of the dichotomy of life... The ups and downs, the monumental and the insignificant. They are what make life interesting and create stories worth sharing.

The fact that everyone involved stayed committed for 12 years of their life to make this film is incredible. Such an awesome project!

December 28, 2014 at 12:29AM

Angelina Sereno

It's cool that this "making of" BTS video mirrors Boyhood in that it is a 12-year-in-the-making story.

January 1, 2015 at 2:36PM

Daniel Mimura
DP, cam op, steadicam op