Uncut Gems is one of my favorite movies of the year. It unlocked an incredible Adam Sandler performance and certified the Safdie Brothers as cinematic talent that deliver must-see experiences.
While we may have to wait for their next feature, they brought Sandler back for an epic short film shot on the streets of New York City.
The logline is, "Rod Goldman and Al Silverman are street performers who work the tourist scene of Times Square. Goldman gets no respect and Silverman is the first one to make sure of that."
Check it out below!
Much like Soderbergh did with the actors on The Laundromat, the Safdies used time with Sandler to film a short that takes street performers on with added meta context. It makes you ask the question: if you have actors, friends, and some time, why are you not making things?
Digital cameras have allowed us to point and shoot, so this kind of spontaneous filmmaking is really inspiring.
What did you enjoy most inside this short film?
For me, it's how the Safdies know how to use Sandler. His over the top antics and noises are turned to 11 here, but they make sense in the context of the story.
If you're a director and you know what an actor is good at, let them lean ion. You can craft stories that for them perfectly and showcase your talents.
Who is an actor you're dying to work with? What side of them do you want to see go public?
Let us know in the comments!
Credits for the short film
Directed By: Josh and Benny Safdie
Starring: Adam Sandler and Benny Safdie
Camera: Josh Safdie and John Paul Lopez
Additional Camera: Sebastian Bear-McClard, N'namdi Anderson
Music by: Forget
Produced by: Sebastian Bear-McClard, Eli Bush, Scott Rudin
Production Sound: Ronald Bronstein
Costumes: Miyako Bellizzi
Makeup: Ann Pala Williams
Production Assistant: Becky Novak
Color: Damien Van Der Cruyssen at The Mill
Re-recording Mixer: Skip Lievsay
Sound effects and Sound Editing: Warren Shaw
SFX mixer: Paul Urmson
Special Thank You: A24
Thank you: Jonathan Loughran, Cindy Guagenti
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