HOW THE DOCUMENTARY WAS FILMED Apr 21, 2009 10:12:07 GMT -5
Post by Angela on Apr 21, 2009 10:12:07 GMT -5
Q: The documentary didn't judge or try to persuade the audience as to Charlie's state of mind. Instead it filled me with more questions.
The pictures of the actors and actresses were intriguing. Instead of a moving film, the pictures were presented and shown for a few seconds. This was like the old photos of the actual event that were also shown. It was very effective.
A: Actually, this two points are very connected, LD. One of the reasons we did so much of the still camera shots is because if we did real video, we'd have to decide on what the Lawson's said to each other, and we just we're willing to write dialogue for everyone, because we don't know what was said, what people were thinking.
Even when we had to design the sets for the Lawson cabin, we tried really hard to make sure we had it right from people who had been in it plenty before it was torn down.
But, the still pics are mostly there because Matt always wanted to do that from the start. From the earliest time I remember him telling me he wanted to do a Lawson film he was saying he wanted to use still cameras. Even the stuff that looks like old movies (most of these are the murder scenes) was shot with a still camera instead of a movie camera, and we put it together like a flip book cartoon.
Our camera guy (director of photography in film-speak), Steve Davis, shoots a lot of ballet photos, so he knew exactly how to capture movement. That way, our actors didn't have to pose for pictures, they could move and be their characters - I think it shows.