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The MovieMaker Sundance Survey 2017: The Scoop on 19 Films Playing Park City at the 33rd Festival

The MovieMaker Sundance Survey 2017: The Scoop on 19 Films Playing Park City at the 33rd Festival


Band Aid (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Who: Zoe Lister-Jones, director, writer, producer and star

Logline: In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, a couple decides to turn all their fights into songs and start a band.

Our camera, lenses and lighting package were: two Arri Amiras with Cooke vintage lenses.

The first spark of an idea for this movie came when: I thought about what I would have the most fun writing, and my gut said songs. So I started there.

My favorite scene (or shot) in the film is: the scene in which we write and play our first song in our garage.

An audience watching my film probably won’t know that: we played all the music live. No playback!

An influence or reference on this film: I said to my DP when we first started talking about my vision for the film that I wanted to see what it would look like if Cassavettes had made a comedy. The immediacy and electricity of his films, the authenticity and nuance, was something that I strove to achieve both in performance and storytelling.

The weirdest or most difficult location we shot at was: an Airbnb with a pool house that was being rented by out-of-towners during our production. They didn’t know what hit them.

Zoe Lister-Jones

The most expensive thing in our budget was: our camera package.

The greatest flash of inspiration or brilliance we had making this film was: hiring an all-female crew.

The biggest lesson I learned making this movie was: that making movies is fun.

I need to give a special shout-out to: my producer extraordinaire, Natalia Anderson.

When I heard we got into Sundance I: pulled over to the side of the road and cried.

My favorite film festival moment in my life so far is: the premiere of the first film I co-wrote, produced and starred in, Breaking Upwards, at South by Southwest. But I think my favorite festival moment is yet to come.

My favorite moviemaker of all time is: Woody Allen.

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    Martin M

    January 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    After reading a couple articles in this new issue, I am becoming convinced I should allocate some of my budget for VFX! I am writing and directing a film about a cyber relationship between a man and a woman across two different galaxies, though one is unsure which lives on Earth, and I’m struggling with transitional scenes across the Milky Way.

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