Before 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 Apatowâ€™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 heâ€™ll never shoot at a real amusement park again. â€œLet me put it this wayâ€”there was a lot of downtime while somebody was vomiting between takes,â€? 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 â€œpastelâ€? look, Mottola was glad he made the decision to do a digital intermediate to tweak the colors. â€œI didnâ€™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 Melinâ€™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 â€œPaul.â€?
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