Face Your Filmmaking Challenges with this Approach from 'Medieval' Director Petr Jakl

Face Your Filmmaking Challenges with this Approach from 'Medieval' Director Petr Jakl
Ben Foster and Michael Caine in 'Medieval'Credit: Stanislav Honzik/The Avenue
Most filmmakers don’t have the resources to make a film turn out exactly the way we plan, but if we can apply the “Judo-style of filmmaking,” we can still create wonderful projects.

Filmmaker Petr Jakl explains how he applied this approach to the new film, Medieval, starring Ben Foster and Michael Caine.

In this episode, we talk about…

  • What made Jakl decide to make the film about famous Czech military leader, Jan Žižka
  • Re-writing the script and getting the script to big actors such as Ben Foster and Michael Caine
  • Working with Caine and developing friendship with the actor
  • Trying to have no big expectations for the film’s release
  • How shooting the film was “the most brutal experience” of Jakl’s life
  • The various challenges that arose during specific battle scenes
  • How Jakl’s Judo training helped him overcome the challenges of filming 

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by George Edelman.

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