It may have taken 12 years to make, but according to stars and critics alike, “Boyhood” was one of the most exciting films to come out of the Sundance Film Festival this year. ITM was at the premiere to hear firsthand what it was like working on such an ambitious project, which follows the childhood and adolescence of a boy, played by Ellar Coltrane.
The pioneering film was shot in an unusual manner. Every year for 12 years, the cast and crew got together for nearly a week in Texas to shoot the next round of scenes. And starting out, there was no guarantee that the film would ever be finished.
“It’s actually pretty optimistic,” said Richard Linklater, the film’s director. “Just the thought that you would be around 12 years from now, and be viable. You know, you’re taking a leap of faith in the future.”
But according to star Ethan Hawke, making that leap wasn’t so hard with Linklater at the helm.
“I never questioned it for a second,” Hawke said. “I had already made several films with him, and he’s already a filmmaker that I just think is an American original. There’s nobody else like him.”
Hawke’s co-star, Patricia Arquette, said she wished that they could have spent even longer shooting.
“I was really bummed that this film is finished shooting and I didn’t want it to come out,” she said. “I just felt like I wanna keep making this movie.”
And working with the same people for so long created a second family for the cast and crew.
“A lot of our crew too, the majority of them worked for 10 years on it,” said Arquette. “It was great. People got married, people got divorced, babies came, babies went, people lost houses, people bought houses. I mean, everything happened. People got cancer, people got over cancer, people’s parents died. I mean, it was just life.”
Tune in later this season for ITM’s full coverage of “Boyhood,” and the Sundance Film Festival.
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