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You’re listening to , it’s been a minute NPR I’m Sanders and today we’re bringing you a special live addition of the show me in conversation with actor John show and director and the East sovereignty. We take this episode in front of a live audience at the line Hotel in Los Angeles . We’re talking about John and and he new movie , it’s called searching and it’s out now . It is a psychological thriller with Jonjo playing a father who’s teenage daughter goes missing and you see the entire movie their screens every shot is through a cellphone screen or from a YouTube video , or on a computer screen and I asked John and Denise how making a movie like that was different than making hello any other kind of movie .
John , first for you and watching this movie last week and I realize a lot of the physical work that you’re used to seeing actors do a film is a bit limited in this movie because you , you have to be in a screen and for a lot of the film , you’re in a chair in front of the laptop or a computer screen. How did you navigate that what was a price obviously method was it harder easier .
You know , it wasn’t like a hard hard like being a bus play hard but but but it was a tricky and it was the issue for me was I didn’t have anything I could past experiences I could rely on. Yeah . And so I felt like I didn’t have anything to hold on to their it was all sort of an extreme close up from for for the most of the movie . And as you say I didn’t have any anything much physical to do and for me what’s nice about having physical action as an actor is it’s really hard to be false . When you’re running . That’s why Tom Cruise must do it .
How do you see the movie. Yet as the numbers and impossible . Is it that epic of running with that lot of that lot of epic running but .
It’s it’s it when you’re lifting something I having a drink. It’s just sort of like hard to to look fast and so for me it was . There are no shortcuts . It was just all being there and doing more work than I like and and he Emory even I like and then from , and then there was the fact that the laptop was blank and it was dark during .
You need it wasn’t , it was up on the screen. So you’re talking to a dark screen right for months with 2 weeks but but but yes .
So it was just a very unusual acting activity and I was , frankly , I was kinda scared to make the a wrong move because the camera was so up in your face.
It was it was it was challenging , so did the screenplay have notes , is that like I start left I start right I as really it. I mean this , so basically every stage of this movie every stage of it look different then I’m making a normal hat so starting from the screenplay . Even the screenplay itself we couldn’t write it in a traditional screenplay format because we realized I think he has a read a screenplay .
It’s silly they yeah they’ve with their like okay , they have a the with the audience to come anyway for the one underneath you see once already give us but.
Like where every single because we realize they can a traditional screenplay whenever you ever seen hundreds interior you know stage dash evening. You know you have to set the whole scene and for us we realized early on that like no movie was no screenplay format could ever handle like interior Facebook photos dash facebook dash Google Chrome dash David’s computer . I don’t know , it doesn’t make any sense . You can read it that way so we literally had to like create a whole new formerly called a description , which is a mix of a script and a treatment that would kind of tackle how text messages . Look what would they look when their backs based how how to handle a cursor it almost looked like a book . It was like a chapter kind of book and that’s actually what we said . John , not a traditional sphere was thicker and bigger than it has actually smaller . How do we made it , have you written a normal screenplay I would’ve been like 300 pages . Because like every time you switched over a different window . The new scene Hattersley take a lot of space on a page . So we really realize like let’s just write a small little book and and and and . Yeah I convince people on that .
And you know it’s interesting when I finally saw the film I I texted a nation said this is it’s crazy you you’ve added to the vocabulary of cinema and how far we’ve come along as a society. You know in our computer literacy , you know , so that all those queues are those we even have computer nostalgia we’ve gone so far into the computer age so that all those deletes all those back spaces are those like forgotten icons having this have are imbued with meaning now and it’s , and that’s sort of why the mute the movie works , we couldn’t have made this movie . 10 years ago .
Speaking of the time in technology. I’m guessing . If you were in Edwards for 2 years and stuff before then some of the technology in the film chains over the course of making the film .
Yeah , we realized pretty quickly that this is probably the fastest turnaround from a modern movie to a period piece.
I ever so we I I’m pretty sure during our it became a period piece you far along like Facebook updated a DUI and Roy so.
You know , but I think the way the solve for that , the way we kind of fix that is like okay let’s acknowledge that , let’s just make sure that our movie is set on very specific days and stick to that. So our movie takes place in the world of our movie it’s May 11th May 12th May 13th of 20-17 and every single web page that David visits every single news item every ticker every single thing like that matches the local , regional and national news and events and websites of those specific is only 3 days . Yeah , I will . There’s some more movement in the movie , but the majority of it takes place today over 3 years .
Yeah , I mean there are these themes of technology and the interesting way that you make this movie , but also at its core. There is just family drama and John you were playing this father who loves his daughter and is trying to find her and I want to talk about how you channel the fatherhood for that role but I first want to play a clip that really kinda gets at the level of intensity , you brought too I guess representing the love affair has for the child . I think we have the clip . I just want to know where you were .
The night my daughter went missing I was what are you , Heidi nasty where were you then I got witnessing.
You can’t assist in the investigation , and was it. What does any , it means that we can’t have someone this close to the case . Helping investigate all I’m trying to do is to help you find my daughter you can see things clearly if it wasn’t for me now you you will both be thinking that my Margo ran away , particularly young that we didn’t run away you cut me off . You can’t too .
Are you that dead.
I think I think every dad is that then every mom is that mom and it’s if you’re pushed them far we can all become biting animals that wasn’t they’ll I even if they think about that. You know I remember like this is weird at this for some time . The story as what we like one of my first one of my first memories is when when we immigrated it’s when I was 6 years old to Houston and I started kindergarten .
We got our kindergarten said. I can .
Hello. We got some kindergartners in the house .