On The Set
Reflecting upon the experience of his first feature film, Jarecki comments that
lost any intimidation about working with such a gifted and award-winning cast.
"Right from the
beginning, we were all partners, and they brought an enthusiasm and commitment
to it that was
incredible. I had the right group of collaborators so by the time we got to set,
we knew each other
really well and we knew what we were looking for."
If any of the cast were apprehensive about working with a first-time director,
were erased after that intense rehearsal period which prepared them for a 31-day
shoot. "Nick is
incredible. He has a deep enthusiasm for making movies, unlike anything I have
before," says Marling. "His energy affects everyone. The thing that's amazing
with him is that he always talks to actors in terms of story and character,
instead of being result-oriented
which makes it much easier for me to do my job. I love that he comes at it from
perspective; it's marvelous."
Gere was always impressed with Jarecki's screenplay -- his entrance to the
initially. "As a writer, he's kind of astonishing, and as a director he's still
learning, but his instincts
are terrific and I think this is probably the first of a long career for him,"
Roth and Jarecki spent a lot of time at Fanelli's restaurant in New York City
the script and Roth actually ended up creating two new scenes for the film.
Notes Roth, "I loved
what he was doing with the script, but I liked the execution of it even more. On
tightening the screws as we progress in the story, increasing the pressure with
each step. Robert's
options get narrower and narrower and the audience will feel that tension." Adds
Jarecki, "It was
the unrelenting dimension Tim brought to it -- he was ferocious, like a mad dog
after a bone, and
those instincts brought the character off the page. He truly elevated what I
wrote-he made Bryer
Parker enjoyed working with a writer/director. "He's really big on comfort. I
on set -- 'how do you control your actors?' and he said 'I don't. I've already
seen the movie in my
head a thousand times -- it's old to me. Now I'm looking for ways you guys can
help me make it
new again.' I love that perspective," adds Parker.
"Making this film was a dream come true -- the absolute best part of my short
life so far
and I felt lucky every day I got to do it. I hope I get that chance again soon,"
says Jarecki. "When
you work with this degree of passion and commitment from a cast and crew, it's
fulfilling. Nobody was getting big money -- they were all there to make a great
movie and that
devotion to the work carries a long way."
Concludes Jarecki, "Someone smart said that changes in quantity effect a change
quality. There were so many thousands of decisions and contributions made every
day by every
single person who worked on our movie and they all strived tirelessly to make
them the best they
could be. I know that the quantity of effort did change the quality -- it went
straight up. I'm really
proud of what we accomplished."
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