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'Another Happy Day': Sam Levinson, a natural-born director [video]

October 27, 2011 |  2:16 pm

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Despite "Another Happy Day" being Sam Levinson's first feature film, the 26-year-old writer and director was never intimidated by his seasoned cast, which included Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore and Academy Award winners Ellen Burstyn and George Kennedy, nor the magnitude of his endeavor. Rather, Levinson approached the filmmaking process with a lot of discussion and preparation so that when the cameras rolled, he could sit back and watch the actors perform.

But that doesn't mean he didn't stay involved and appreciate his team's efforts. Barkin, who also produced the movie, said that Levinson would take an extra 45 minutes at the end of each day of filming shaking the hands of his entire crew — something she had not ever seen a director do in her career.

In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series Q&A, Levinson discusses his process.

 

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— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Ellen Barkin, Sam Levinson and Kate Bosworth at the Deauville Film Festival. Photo credit: Francois Durand/Getty Images.


 
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