1. Lady Bird (2017)
The make-up artist decided not to cover up Saoirse Ronan’s acne to show exactly what teenagers at their puberty stage really look like; and director Greta Gerwig shot the prom scene in a prom dress.
2. Looper (2012)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt played young Joe while Bruce Willis played the older Joe in the movie. Gordon-Levitt watched Willis’ old films to learn his mannerisms and apply some of them in Looper.
3. Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Ezra, Logan, and Emma lived in the same hotel to minimize budget and tighten their bond. They have also never experienced high school prom.
4. Black Swan (2010)
Natalie Portman trained in ballet for a year to prepare for the film and paid her own lessons since the director was still soliciting for the budget.
5. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Olive’s rivals in the pageant were actual child beauty pageant contestants.
6. Neon Demon (2016)
The film was booed at Cannes because of its necrophilia and cannibalism elements. This is the film by director Nicolas Winding Refn that has been received with a reverberant booing at the film festival.
7. Marriage Story (2019)
The character Charlie represents Director Noah Baumbach, while the female lead Nicole stands for Baumbach’s former wife, Jennifer Leigh. Charlie cheating on Nicole resembles Baumbach cheating on Jennifer with Greta Gerwig on the shoot of Greenberg (2010).
8. Love (2015)
Karl Glusman was the only professional actor in the film; the two supporting female characters were not. They were found by Gaspar Noé partying and asked if they were willing to take part in a film for supporting roles.
9. Lost in Translation (2003)
Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel is one of Coppola’s favorite places in the world and she had always wanted to shoot a movie there. During the film’s production, they were only allowed to shoot late nights in hallways and communal areas so as not to disturb other hotel guests.
10. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Wes Anderson scouted for the film location through Google Earth.
11. Boyhood (2014)
The film company financially supporting this project would annually give Director Linklater $200,000, but they forgot to hand him his annual budget at one time, so Linklater funded himself with the insurance he received from his burnt house.
12. Frances Ha (2012)
Greta Gerwig played Frances Ha, and her parents also played the character’s parents in the film.
13. Blair Witch Project (1999)
The teeth and hair in the twigs were real. The teeth were supplied by the director’s dentist.
14. Whiplash (2014)
Whiplash originated from a short film at Sundance and retained the actor J.K. Simmons for the musical instructor role. Most of the drumming in the film was also performed by Miles Teller, who had a background in playing the drums when he was younger.
15. Tangerine (2015)
The film was shot using three iPhone 5s units.
16. Amour (2012)
The film had two working titles, These Two and The Music Stops, before the production finally decided to call it Amour, the French word for love. The suggestion came from its lead actor who thought the title would be fitting since the film was all about love.
17. Short Term 12 (2013)
The film took only twenty days to shoot and had a total of twenty minutes of deleted footage.
18. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
The colors of the archery target are in every scene: white, black, blue, red, and yellow.
19. A Ghost Story (2017)
The actor had to wear petticoats and hoops to achieve a perfect “ghost” shape.
20. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
In the scene where Carrey’s character watches himself meet with Dr. Howard, the camera panned from Carrey observing then to his character with the doctor, and back to him observing. Carrey had to run back and forth and quickly change his attire.
Did you know
Haley Joel Osment, the boy who delivered The Sixth Sense’s famous line “I see dead people,” got the role for one of three reasons: He was the best choice for it, he was the only boy who wore a tie in the auditions, and he impressed director M. Night Shyamalan for reading the whole script three times the night before the auditions.
The scene where Sadako comes out of the well did not use any special effects in the original Japanese horror installation of Ringu (1998). Actress Rie Ino’o was a student of the Kabuki theatre known for exaggerating movement and jerking motions to convey emotions. During the shoot, the production filmed Ino’o walking backward and ran the scene in reverse, making Sadako’s walk seem unnatural and nonhuman.
Lupita Nyong’o in Us (2019) based her character Red’s voice on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder that causes involuntary spasms of the larynx. This is to remain in character as Red as it was stated in the script that she had not used her voice in many years. Lupita worked with an ENT specialist, a vocal therapist, and a dialect coach so as not to damage her vocal cords. Welp, that’s a Yale drama school graduate for you.
Jack Nicholson plauded Shelley Duvall’s performance in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 slasher The Shining. He claims it was the most difficult role he’s ever seen an actress take on, while Duvall considers it the hardest she has played in her career. She suffered from nervous exhaustion, physical illness, and hair loss throughout filming.
In case you missed it, actress Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of Psycho lead star Janet Leigh. Ironically, Jamie’s first film to star in is Halloween (1978), also a horror movie. She went on to star the whole Halloween franchise—Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Halloween (2018), and Halloween Kills (2021)— which spans six decades.
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