Time/Date: 2 p.m., Saturday (hashtag: #badwords)
Panelists: Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman
The gist: Actor Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman’s “Arrested Development” co-star, interviewed the director of “Bad Words” about his experiences making the film. Bateman spoke about how his previous experiences informed his feature film directorial debut and what he learned on the set.
Takeaways: Bateman learned a lot. He went into the filmmaking process with a clear idea of what he wanted, but was open to better suggestions from his actors and other collaborators on the set. “The best idea wins,” he said.
One thing Bateman learned was that music — as powerfully as it effects the tone of what ends up on screen — is really not given the time that it deserves in the filmmaking process.
“Preproduction and postproduction is something I’ve never been exposed to at all,” he admitted.
Casting, he said, serves as a sort of shorthand to the audience regarding what kind of a film they are in for.
Naturally, “Arrested Development” came up.
Bateman said that, as an actor, “Yyu have your own special thing that you do better than anybody else. It wasn’t until ‘Arrested Development’ that I got a chance to do the thing I like doing the best — dry humor. I didn’t take a talent pill before I did ‘Arrested Development,’ it was just vehicle that allowed me to do thing that I do best.”
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