'Secrets & Intimacy': Recap of Our Exclusive Interviews from 2012
by Alex Billington
December 31, 2012
"I think cinema is a great place for secrets and intimacy." Its been quite a year. Looking back at 2012, I've been lucky enough to speak with legendary directors like Ridley Scott (for Prometheus) and Ang Lee (for Life of Pi), up-and-comers like Josh Trank (for Chronicle) and Rian Johnson (for Looper), interview esteemed actors like Michael Fassbender (for Prometheus) and Jason Clarke (for Zero Dark Thirty). Over the course of a year, we get to speak to many talented peopled in many places, in many different ways - over the phone, in person with a Flip cam, transcribed from audio, or even over Skype. I still consider it an honor every time we get to do an interview, and we wanted to recap all our interviews from this year below.
Here are all 36 interviews starting from the most recent interviews this December, working back through the year. There are markers for events like TIFF 2012, Prometheus (which had ~4 interviews!), WonderCon, all the way back to Sundance 2012 this past January. We're proud of every one of these and hope you find them worth your time. Last year ended with David Fincher. Browse and click any image for the interview:
FirstShowing.net Interviews from 2012 (in Reverse Chronological Order):
Director Ang Lee talks
Life of Pi in 3D [Dec 18th]
Actor Jason Clarke talks
Zero Dark Thirty [Dec 19th]
"I'm just an avid filmmaker… I'm curious."
James Bond's Skyfall
Director Sam Mendes [Nov 7th]
Producers Barbara Broccoli &
Michael Wilson [Nov 9th]
Director Rich Moore
of Wreck-It Ralph [Oct 30th]
Actor Ben Whishaw talks
Cloud Atlas and Skyfall [Oct 31st]
Director Rian Johnson talks
Spoilers from Looper [Oct 1st]
Director Martin McDonagh
of Seven Psychopaths [Oct 10th]
TIFF '12: Director Derek Cianfrance
of The Place Beyond the Pines [Sept 17th]
TIFF '12: Alex Garland talks
Writing/Producing Dredd 3D [Sept 18th]
"My favorite movies are ones that create this world that I actually can live in and experience, and when I leave the movie, I've been to that place, and that place is still a part of me."
Director Neill Blomkamp at
Comic-Con for Elysium [Jul 16th]
Klown Writers/Stars Frank Hvam &
Casper Christensen [Aug 2nd]
Director Benh Zeitlin of
Beasts of the Southern Wild [Jun 28th]
Director Marc Webb talks
The Amazing Spider-Man [Jul 3rd]
Director Ridley Scott [Jun 8th]
Writers Damon Lindelof &
Jon Spaihts on Prometheus [Jun 11th]
"Doing science fiction at a high level is tricky. It's really tricky. History is straightforward, because I'm probably retelling a story and I've got points of reference. Science fiction, there's no points of reference; it's all brand new…"
Director Eduardo Sánchez
of Lovely Molly [May 22nd]
Actor Michael Fassbender
on David in Prometheus [Jun 7th]
The Cabin in the Woods Co-Writer &
Director Drew Goddard [Apr 13th]
Screenwriter Jon Spaihts talks
World Building Science Fiction [May 21st]
The Raid's Gareth Evans, Mike
Shinoda & Joe Trapanese [Mar 23rd]
The Cabin in the Woods Star Jesse
Williams on Playing "Holden" [Apr 13th]
Jeff Who Lives at Home Directors Mark &
Jay Duplass Chat on Flipcam [Mar 16th]
The Hunger Games Writer &
Director Gary Ross [Mar 22nd]
From WonderCon: Looper Writer &
Director Rian Johnson [Mar 20th]
From WonderCon: Director Marc
Webb on Amazing Spider-Man [Mar 19th]
"The trick of the movie is being respectful of the iconography of Spider-Man - and understanding why people like Spider-Man, and honoring that, but also giving them something new and surprising and different…"
John Carter of Mars Writer &
Director Andrew Stanton [Mar 8th]
Co-Directors Chris Kentis &
Laura Lau of The Silent House [Mar 16th]
21 Jump Street Co-Stars Rob Riggle &
Dave Franco on Flipcam [Mar 15th]
Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller
on Making 21 Jump Street [May 21st]
Director Josh Trank talks
over Skype about Chronicle [Feb 2nd]
Director/Actor Mark Webber on His
Film The End of Love at Sundance [Feb 1st]
"We let its limitations become its strengths. We didn't try to make it something that it couldn't be, we were like 'okay, this is what it can do, so let's make that really good.'"
The Grey Co-Writer/Director
Joe Carnahan [Jan 30th]
Stars/Creators Tim & Eric talk
Billion $$ Movie at Sundance [Jan 30th]
Click on any interview above to read/watch the full discussion. Thank you to anyone who helped make these interviews possible; we hope everyone enjoys them and finds them entertaining and perhaps—if we did our job—insightful. Over the course of the year we also featured a few interviews with stellar talent we didn't get to speak with, including Chris Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Spielberg. Other folks I'd love to talk with: Tom Hooper (Les Mis), Peter Jackson (The Hobbit), Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), Robert Zemeckis (Flight), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard/Jacques Audiard (Rust & Bone), Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and of course Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained). Maybe one day!
If you can't already tell, I have a predilection towards interviewing directors/filmmakers, as well as writers and a few actors. I just think it's fascinating to interview the top person, who's putting together the picture, running the whole show. That's who I prefer to talk with and those are the kinds of interviews we go after.
While we don't have an endless amount of interviews, I am proud of those we do get, and I am a supporter of all the talented individuals we get to speak with. We hope you have enjoyed our recap of the FirstShowing exclusive interviews from 2012. As always, I'm excited for the year ahead and the potential interviews we could get, from Bryan Singer to Sam Raimi to J.J. Abrams to Neill Blomkamp, with their new movies on the way. For all of our upcoming interviews and updates, follow the interview category or subscribe to our RSS.
Reader Feedback - 2 Comments
Oh Andrew Staunton. That was such a good interview. But JOHN CARTER...damn you Disney!!!
DAVIDPD on Dec 31, 2012
2012 was good year for yers, hope it goes just a good in 2013!
Carpola on Dec 31, 2012
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