Director Stephen Williams on ‘Watchmen’ Episode 6 Lengthy Takes

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"Watchmen," Episode 6 "This Extraordinary Being"

Welcome to Deep Dive, IndieWire’s new podcast and video collection that takes an in depth have a look at an distinctive piece of filmmaking. This week we’re lifting the hood on Episode 6 of “Watchmen” — “This Extraordinary Being” — with Damon Lindelof and 10 members of his artistic group. You possibly can take heed to the podcast right here, and watch the primary video essay right here.

Earlier than Lindelof and his writers room began writing the precise scripts for “Watchmen,” the collection creator shared the outlines of the episodes along with his two directing producers Nicole Kassell and Stephen Williams, who had been prepping the collection.

From when Lindelof first described the drug-induced “nostalgia trip” to 1938 Harlem — the place Angela (Regina King) would enter the recollections of her grandfather Will Reeves (Jovan Adepo) — Williams noticed the distinctive episode as a “cascade of images” that may require a visible language that was distinct from the remainder of the collection.

The director would even work with Lindelof and co-writer Twine Jefferson as they had been writing Episode 6, so his imaginative and prescient of a dream-like fluidity with surreal transitions that made the black-and-white flashback really feel like one steady motion may very well be integrated on the story stage.

“It felt to me like the best way to render the sensation or experience of memories was to create a visual landscape that felt fluid, unbroken, continuous, seamless,” Williams informed IndieWire. “What you are left with at the end of immersive with the experience of memory is an overall kind of impression of a complete experience. Not necessarily segmented into discrete portions, but one stream of consciousness.”

In video essay above Williams, Lindelof, and cinematographer Gregory Middleton break down using lengthy takes, the episode’s want for a subjective depth, and the unimaginable quantity of pre-planning required to drag it off — together with Williams and Middleton taking pictures your complete episode twice on an iPhone with the stand-ins earlier than manufacturing commenced with full forged and crew.

“Deep Dive” is a recurring collection of in-depth and knowledgeable discussions with the celebrities and artistic group behind vital movie and TV tasks. This week, it focuses on HBO’s “Watchmen,” Damon Lindelof’s Emmy-nominated adaptation of the graphic novel. The podcast is offered by HBO and hosted by IndieWire’s Deputy Editor, Movie and TV Craft Chris O’Falt.

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