24 Frames

Movies: Past, present and future

Category: Envelope Roundtable series

Envelope Directors Roundtable: Lee Daniels on casting 'Precious'

February 11, 2010 |  8:00 am

Casting is always a crucial component of any movie, but when you're looking for an obese girl to play the role of a victim of horrific abuse, where do you even start? "Precious" director Lee Daniels talks about his process.

Directors Roundtable RELATED VIDEOS:

Envelope Directors Roundtable: The challenges of marketing a film
Envelope Directors Roundtable: Sequels and board games vs. original work
Envelope Directors Roundtable: 'The scene I had to cut'
Envelope Roundtable: 'The moment I became a director'
James Cameron (and friends) on 'Avatar's' box office domination


Envelope Directors Roundtable: Tailoring roles to specific actors

February 10, 2010 |  8:00 am

Casting can sometimes influence directors who write their own scripts. For Jason Reitman, he lets the movie take shape as he writes but soon recognizes when an actor is right for the part, which then in turn influences the character's development. For Quentin Tarantino, at least with "Inglourious Basterds," he "didn't have a clue who I was going to cast."

Directors Roundtable RELATED VIDEOS:

Envelope Directors Roundtable: The challenges of marketing a film
Envelope Directors Roundtable: Sequels and board games vs. original work
Envelope Directors Roundtable: 'The scene I had to cut'
Envelope Roundtable: 'The moment I became a director'
James Cameron (and friends) on 'Avatar's' box office domination


Envelope Directors Roundtable: The importance of the audition

February 9, 2010 |  8:00 am

So how important is the auditioning process in the making of a film? It depends on whom you ask. James Cameron certainly has a different approach than Lee Daniels, for instance.

Directors Roundtable RELATED VIDEOS:

Envelope Directors Roundtable: The challenges of marketing a film
Envelope Directors Roundtable: Sequels and board games vs. original work
Envelope Directors Roundtable: 'The scene I had to cut'
Envelope Roundtable: 'The moment I became a director'
James Cameron (and friends) on 'Avatar's' box office domination


Envelope Director's Roundtable: But wait, there's more!

February 5, 2010 | 11:51 am

Directors

By now you've seen the video clips of the directors who gathered at The Times for the Envelope Roundtable -- Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Lee Daniels, Jason Reitman, Quentin Tarantino -- as they talked about their hardest moments, the impact of film marketing and the pros and cons of original films vs. franchise properties. They were loose and unguarded and often funny. But they said a lot more than that.

In the freewheeling 90-minute conversation, they also talked about how they cast their films -- yes, Tarantino made Brad Pitt read before giving him the lead in "Inglourious Basterds" ("I have to hear them say my dialogue!"). And they each shared a story about the scene in their current film that they just hated to cut.

Clips of those conversations and more will post here next week.

RELATED VIDEOS:

Envelope Directors Roundtable: The challenges of marketing a film
Envelope Directors Roundtable: Sequels and board games vs. original work
Envelope Directors Roundtable: 'The scene I had to cut'
Envelope Roundtable: 'The moment I became a director'
James Cameron (and friends) on 'Avatar's' box office domination

Photo: Lee Daniels, Jason Reitman and James Cameron. Credit:  Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times



Video: Kenneth Turan and John Horn on the Oscar best picture nominees

February 2, 2010 | 12:00 pm

By now, you know which films are up for best picture at the Academy Awards -- "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," etc., etc. But did expanding the category from five to 10 nominees this year make a tangible difference -- say, in the nomination of films such as "The Blind Side" and "Up"? And what does former British prime minister Neville Chamberlain have to do with it all?

Find out the answers in the above video with Times film critic Kenneth Turan and writer John Horn, taken at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. 

More videos to come.

— Scott Sandell

Pix Related

Video: Who will win the Oscar for best director? And who was overlooked?

Oscar nominee reactions

Panorama: Front row at the Oscar nominations

Envelope Directors Roundtable series: The videos

Oscar nominations announced


Video: Who will win the Oscar for best director? And who was overlooked?

February 2, 2010 | 10:54 am

The five Oscar nominees for best director — Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker," James Cameron for "Avatar," Lee Daniels for "Precious," Jason Reitman for "Up in the Air" and Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds" — are some very familiar faces indeed. Not only have they been regulars on the award circuit this year, but they also all came to The Times last month to participate in The Envelope Directors Roundtable series.

Still, it's hard not to feel that other directors were overlooked. To find out the name of at least one worthy candidate who was not on the list — and learn who is the odds-on favorite to win — watch the above video of Times film critic Kenneth Turan and writer John Horn.

After all, while the nominees could watch from the comfort of home, Turan and Horn had to be at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills well before the crack of dawn Tuesday.

And keep coming back to 24 Frames for more videos today.

— Scott Sandell

OscarRelated

Oscar nominee reactions

Panorama: Front row at the Oscar nominations

Envelope Directors Roundtable series: The videos

Oscar nominations announced


Envelope Directors Roundtable: The challenges of marketing a film

January 22, 2010 |  7:02 am

Marketing campaigns may not be the first thing one thinks of when imagining the creative lives of some of the country's most well-known auteurs. But directors behind this season's biggest movies wrestle to a surprising degree with the issues of selling a movie -- whether it's Quentin Tarantino finding parts of the process "inspirational" or directors like Lee Daniels, Jason Reitman or James Cameron understanding that these Faustian bargains can help expose their film to a wider audience. Hear how these directors feel about one of moviedom's trickiest balances.

RELATED VIDEOS:
Envelope Directors Roundtable: Sequels and board games vs. original work
Envelope Directors Roundtable: 'The scene I had to cut'
Envelope Roundtable: 'The moment I became a director'
James Cameron (and friends) on 'Avatar's' box office domination


Envelope Directors Roundtable: Sequels and board games vs. original work

January 21, 2010 |  7:00 am

Hollywood may be bombarded by sequels, franchises and toy adaptations -- yet many of the year's most acclaimed films derive from little else besides their makers' imaginations. Five of the directors who've succeeded in creating something wholly original this season contemplate why Hollywood continues to be enamored by decades-old properties, with James Cameron taking the sternest tone. "You can make money on a movie that's not based on something else," he said. The drive for profits "is not an excuse for people to constantly be whining about how the business is failing and we have to do all this commercial stuff in order to pay the payments on our corporate jets."

RELATED VIDEOS:

Envelope Directors Roundtable: The challenges of marketing a film
Envelope Directors Roundtable: 'The scene I had to cut'
Envelope Roundtable: 'The moment I became a director'
James Cameron (and friends) on 'Avatar's' box office domination


Envelope Directors Roundtable: 'The scene I had to cut'

January 20, 2010 |  7:00 am

Film fans like to watch movies and opine on what should or shouldn't have made the final cut. But sometimes a movie's harshest critic is the person who made it. In this clip from our Envelope Directors Roundtable, filmmakers reveal the scenes they loved but had to let go. Whether it's a startling group-therapy moment in "Precious" or a Hans Landa bon mot in "Inglourious Basterds," these scenes are often strikingly good -- and yet they'll never see the light of day.

RELATED VIDEOS:

Envelope Directors Roundtable: The challenges of marketing a film
Envelope Directors Roundtable: Sequels and board games vs. original work
Envelope Roundtable: 'The moment I became a director'
James Cameron (and friends) on 'Avatar's' box office domination


Envelope Roundtable: 'The moment I became a director'

January 19, 2010 |  7:00 am

Nearly every director who's ever worked anywhere near Hollywood makes compromises. But many directors also have a defining moment when they drew the line and clung tightly to their principles. For Quentin Tarantino it was declining to cut a potentially graphic scene over Harvey Weinstein's protestations. For Jason Reitman it was insisting on shooting in multiple locations when a studio was asking he shoot only in one. Hear what they and others on our roundtable did to elevate themselves from hired hands to artists.  

RELATED VIDEOS:

Envelope Directors Roundtable: The challenges of marketing a film
Envelope Directors Roundtable: Sequels and board games vs. original work
Envelope Directors Roundtable: 'The scene I had to cut'
James Cameron (and friends) on 'Avatar's' box office domination


Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video







Categories


Archives
 



Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: