Tuesday, September 6, 2011
End of Watch set report
Collider had the chance to visit the End of Watch set towards the end of its shoot. And we get the chance to learn a little more about the making of the film, as well as seeing the first two official images.
Check out the Collider report for 20 facts about EoW. A few of note:
The cameras are referred to in the actual film, as Gyllenhaal’s character straps a small webcam-like camera onto his chest. The way they’ll get away with this is Gyllenhaal plays a cop going to night school and he’s taking a filmmaking class. So he gets Pena’s character to also wear a camera as he’s planning on making a short film (or something like that).
Writer-director David Ayer is going for an “in your face” POV style. At times it will feel like a first person shooter video game. In addition, the movie will use camera footage from unorthodox sources like gang members’ cellphone cameras, dashcams from inside cop cars, TV news footage, citizens’ cameras, and surveillance cameras. However, at some points, the movie will look like your typical film with Ayer shooting select scenes with normal coverage. He’s going to mix it up. The thing to know is that it’s not all found footage.
They approached the material like a play, and Gyllenhaal likened the script to a David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross.
Gyllenhaal, who also notably shaved his head for the film, got so immersed into the character and preparation that he no longer uses his right hand when he’s out because he’s been taught that his right hand always needs to be free to reach for his gun.
Because Gyllenhaal and Peña had prepared so much and for so long, Ayer would write pages on the spot and the two would be able to nail scenes on the fly.
The film will always follow the point of view of Gyllenhaal and Pena’s characters. We’ll never leave one of them during the movie.
End of Watch will have plenty of levity mixed with the drama.
The set-up (having Jake's character taking a film class) seems lame. Like the idea of the different sources of video, though I hope they find a seamless way of integrating it so it's not all disjointed and jumpy. These details are pretty encouraging, and intriguing.
Oh, except for the David Mamet thing. I'm not a fan.
Thanks to Collider for the report and the photos. What do you think?
PopSugar has photos of Jake and Anna Kendrick. They seem to think Jake and Anna are just hanging out, but it looks like David Ayer is with them. (And Anna could be filming with her iPhone.)
Or maybe Jake and Anna got married in Vegas! (See Jake's left ring finger.)