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DP/30: The Ides of March, actor Evan Rachel Wood

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9 Responses to “DP/30: The Ides of March, actor Evan Rachel Wood”

  1. LexG says:


    Best DP/30 opener ever.

  2. Gus says:

    Serious question: did you do that for Lex?

  3. anghus says:

    the best compliment i can pay her for her work in Ides of March was not realizing it was Evan Rachel Wood until the credits. I had no idea.

  4. sanj says:

    DP sure went crazy with the amount of questions – more than most dp/30’s

    last 5 minutes she talks about singing

    Evan Rachel Wood sings Justin Bieber

  5. The Pope says:

    Is that “shoe shot” a first for a DP/30? I mean, it’s the first time I can recall there ever having been a cut in the interview. And it’s in continuity.

  6. David Poland says:

    As you know, I am always looking for something interesting and off-beat as the opening tag. I’d noticed the shoes and the showstopping outfit before we shot and mentioned it. It was a look that made putting her behind a table seem like a sin against beauty. (you can see the whole ensemble on Chelsea Lately… not sure when it aired/airs)

    This clip is actually pulled from after we stopped shooting. I don’t think the cameraman was behind the camera at that moment, so the shot was static. And when I pulled the clip, I just felt you couldn’t see how cool the shoes were. So I make the cut to the push-in. Truth be told, you still can’t see how cool the shoes were. Shinier in person.

    And that’s the story. (Thought of Lex while I was doing it… but didn’t do it for him at all.)

    The other possible clip for the opening was one in which she made a charming, funny face. But it felt like it was floating between sentences… and it was… and I wasn’t going to include the off-record sentences… so I decided to look for something else and found the shoe moment.

  7. David Poland says:

    And there are a few cuts over the last few years. If it takes too long to recover from something that happened in the room, I’ll make an edit. Natalie Portman has two, for instance, for fire alarms.

    If something, like a phone or a noise or whatever, is quick, I’ll leave it it. It’s part of the viewer’s experience with that person.

  8. LexG says:

    I like how comfortable with herself she is and how obviously smart and awesome… Just based on “coolness,” she might even be cooler than Kristen Stewart.

    And not just because I think she’s smoking and whatnot, but IS Sony considering an FYC campaign for her for Supporting for IDES? I think it’s one of the year’s best female performances (and movies)… They need to push her for it a little bit, see if it gains some momentum.

    And, yeah, her chemistry with Gosling is DELIGHTFUL in the early going.

  9. Rob says:

    Gosling has ridiculous chemistry with everybody – Wood, Stone, Williams, Mulligan, and Dunst in the last year alone. In fact, I’m not sure who in his age range is left for him to gaze at longingly.

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