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“I’m going to be lazy or bored”: Luca Guadagnino’s Method to Shoot Zendaya’s Challengers is Completely Different From David Flincher’s Grueling Gone Girl Process
2024/07/03

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Luca Guadagnino, director of , took a less intense approach to shooting the new Zendaya movie, a method that David Fincher or Stanley Kubrick might not have approved of. Fincher, renowned for his exhaustive number of takes per scene, received a subtle jab when Guadagnino expressed his disdain for such a method, deeming it torture for the actors.

How Luca Guadagnino Shot Zendaya’s

The highly anticipated movie, , has finally hit the screens and is surely the talk of the town. Ever since its teaser was released, audiences have eagerly anticipated seeing

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.

In a recent interview with director shared insights into his for the movie. He said,

“I hate pushing,-If it’s great, why do you have to torture people?–It’s exciting when you observe performance,–I will quit the moment in which I know that I’m going to be lazy or bored or I don’t have this energy of seeing performance happening — which, by the way, doesn’t need to take 90 takes. I think this movie is an average of one or two.”

That’s when he subtly criticized directors who push actors to their extreme limits, taking up to 90 takes per scene in pursuit of perfection.

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Instead, this director prefers to capture the perfect moment in just one or two takes before moving on to the next scene.

He trusts the actors to interpret the scene in a way that feels right for their character, enjoying the magic as it unfolds naturally in front of the camera. He then went on to elaborate stating,

“Sometimes when I talk to my production designer and they show me something, I say, That’s something that belongs to ‘cinema,’; we shouldn’t do that. We should do something that belongs to the reality we’re describing,–The lead aspect of cinema must be performance, it must be character.

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If you put your imagery in front of the performers, then the movie becomes kind of stilted and a bit rigid.”

David Fincher’s Intense Approach to Shooting Movies

However, unfortunately, not every director shares this perspective. Many opt for multiple takes per scene, aiming to select the one that they believe best suits the film. One notable example is renowned for shooting as many as 99 takes for a single scene.

This was evident during the filming of where Rooney Mara had to redo a scene an astounding 99 times. Similarly, on the set of Fincher’s later film each scene averaged around 50 takes.

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Fincher once revealed to the why he does so, as he stated,

“I hate earnestness in performance,–Usually by Take 17 the earnestness is gone.”

While shooting each scene 50 times may seem excessive, it undeniably contributed to the film’s polished finish. As Jake Gyllenhaal once in 2007 told ,

“David knows what he wants, and he’s very clear about what he wants, and he’s very, very, very smart,–But sometimes we’d do a lot of takes, and he’d turn, and he would say, because he had a computer there, ‘Delete the last ten takes.

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’ And as an actor that’s very hard to hear.”

One drawback of this method is that the extended shooting days and increased expenses can often outweigh the benefits of achieving a perfect result in the end. It may indeed feel like torture for the actors. However, there’s no denying Fincher’s ability to deliver cinematic masterpieces celebrated by everyone, setting records that seem unbreakable.

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