Also, why did they want to create a unique financial structure for the film, and why he scrapped the first two days of filming.

With Malcolm and Marie now streaming on Netflix, I was recently able to speak with the writer and director Sam levinson about doing his romantic drama in black and white. If you haven’t seen the trailers, the movie takes place on the night a filmmaker (Juan David Washington) and his girlfriend Marie (Zendaya) returns from the world premiere of his film and explores what happens while they await the critics. Featuring extraordinary performances by Zendaya and Washington, Malcolm and Marie lets both actors shine in equal measure as we spend the night watching them argue and fight while delivering lengthy monologues. To learn more about the film and its performances, you can read Matt Goldberg’s review.


John David Washington and Zendaya in Malcolm & Marie

During the interview, Levinson talked about how they created a unique financial structure in the movie for the team to own part of the movie, how some of the proceeds went to feed America, how this movie happened, why he normally shoots with a camera and no. coverage, why they scrapped the first two days of filming, how they only found out how they wanted to shoot the movie on the 3rd day, and more.

Look what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we are talking about.

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Image via Dominic Miller / Netflix © 2021

Sam Levinson:

  • If you could have filmed on location, would you have added something to the movie or would it always just be a location?

  • How this movie happened.

  • How they filmed with a camera and without coverage.

  • While they allowed a fourteen-day session, the first two days had to be triggered again and explain why.

  • How they only knew how they wanted to shoot the movie on the 3rd

  • Why they looked at the movie as a play.

  • Did you ever think about asking a studio to play for funding?


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