Working With Steven Knight
If Hummingbird marked Knight's arrival as an exciting new filmmaker, LOCKE
confirms his talent as a world-class talent. "Steve's best quality as a director
unflappability and his continued focus," says Paul Webster.
Knight approaches filmmaking as a collaborative process. "Everybody is given
of latitude. But he's always very, very, very clear what he wants," says Webster
Knight's relationship with his crew.
"What Steve does is, in a completely relaxed, calm, articulate way, he tells
he wants to do and he's very encouraging," confirms director of photography
Zambarloukos. "He said, 'Go out there and give me the craziest shots'. And at
same time, he is steering it."
For editor Justine Wright, Knight is very clear about what he wants. "He gets
core of an issue very quickly," Wright explains. "He is great because he comes
says 'ok, like this, what if you did this, this, this' and then off you go."
Knight is a director who believes everything stands and falls on the actors.
have very pretty pictures but they don't make an iota of sense with a human
communicating with an audience," Webster points out. "He understands that and
gives them a lot of space. He wins trust very easily. He's the nicest guy in the
Actress Ruth Wilson, who plays Ivan's wife Katrina agrees: "Steve has done a
job at the unravelling of a man, bringing in the claustrophobia, and all these
characters who swirl around this man's mind. Steve knows how to create a
and has given it the pace to drive the motion forward."
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