Podcast: Adventureland Director Greg Mottola

adventureland_mottola.jpgBefore directing Superbad in 2007, Greg Mottola won the 1996 Slamdance competition with his debut film The Daytrippers. In between, he directed several episodes of Judd Apatow’s underappreciated TV show Undeclared as well as Arrested Development, and now he comes to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to premiere Adventureland, which he also wrote.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg as a college graduate working at a theme park, the shoot was somewhat autobiographical for Mottola, who says he’ll never shoot at a real amusement park again. “Let me put it this way—there was a lot of downtime while somebody was vomiting between takes,� he says.

The production design was modeled to give the feel of a very time-specific 1987, without resorting to the typical ’80s period stereotypes. And although the movie was a pretty straightforward shoot on Fujifilm film stock for the “pastelâ€? look, Mottola was glad he made the decision to do a digital intermediate to tweak the colors. “I didn’t want it to slavishly feel like it was a movie shot in another time, but I wanted to stay a little bit away from the high-contrast look that is so popular today.â€?

Listen to Millimeter contributor Eric Melin’s audio podcast with writer/director Greg Mottola and get a preview of the new technological challenges on his current production, the Nick Frost/Simon Pegg-written comedy “Paul.�

CLICK HERE for their conversation. (Right Click, Save As to download)

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