Chloé Zhao (Director, The Rider)

The biggest lesson I learned was to stay calm when amazing things happen on set. Take some time, regroup, and make sure I have a coverage for that amazing moment. That’s one thing I learned for a docu-drama like this. You work with your limitations. You have to be friends with your limitations and then those limitations will help you. With the actors I know how far I can push with every single person because I know them personally so well. The script is written for them, but I leave a 25% room for them to push. It’s never going to go too far from what’s real.

The Rider. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

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