A Conversation with Sundance Award Winning Directors: Daniels

At Masters in Motion 2016, we were fortunate to be joined by the talented directing duo Daniels who had just won Sundance for their stellar work helming the film Swiss Army Man. If you just watched the trailer you may have thought it was a stunt, a juvenile fart joke masquerading as a feature film. If you take the time to watch the film though I think you will see something else entirely. During their talk, the Daniels dug in deep with a tour de force presentation that was wildly entertaining but also forced everyone in the room to really think about not only why they were making films but how those films would affect the people watching them.

 Interviewing Daniels using the EyeDirect. Photo by Ryan Booth

Interviewing Daniels using the EyeDirect. Photo by Ryan Booth

We didn't want to squander the opportunity to sit down and pick the brains of two of the freshest voices in cinema so, we made a phone call to Ryan Booth and started to plan out a passion project. A good mutual friend from Houston, Cody Bess let us borrow a backdrop and we rented an Eye Direct. It is very similar to the Interrotron invented by Errol Morris. We wanted a classic and timeless look for the interviews. By utilizing the EyeDirect, we felt rather then have our subjects looking off camera, we would be able to create a deeper connection with the audience. We were hoping to capture a bit of the magic and intimacy of the conversation by having them looking directly into the lens as if they were talking directly to the viewer. It has been two years in the making and wouldn't have been possible without the help of a lot of people. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this film. Also, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Daniels for their eloquence and transparency in this interview. Enjoy!