28th Aug2023

The Filmmaker’s Podcast #354: Director and screenwriter Matthew López on ‘Red, White and Royal Blue’

by Phil Wheat

Here’s the latest episode of The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro-budget indie films to bigger-budget studio films and everything in between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dome Lenoir, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk about how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their filmmaking experiences from directors, writers, producers and screenwriters, to actors, cinematographers and distributors.

The Filmmaker’s Podcast #354: How to Make an Amazon Prime hit film as your debut movie with Red, White and Royal Blue director and screenwriter Matthew López

Red, White and Royal Blue director and screenwriter Matthew López join us this week to chat making hit movie as your debut feature. Based on the best selling novel of the same name Matthew discusses why this film came to him and why he wanted to make it. He sits with Giles Alderson and Dom Lenoir in an apartment suite in the heart of London to discuss making the film. They discuss:

  • Why he is not talking about writing on this episode (hint WGA writers strike)
  • Pitching to the studio.
  • How he chose his DP and cast and directing actors, famous and not.
  • Why coming from a theatre back ground helped and why actors coming to set off book is so time saving.
  • He also talks about why his master shots were important, locations and shot lists.
  • How he shot UK for the USA, planning and prep,
  • How he coped with his mental health while shooting,
  • And why he loved editing the film!
  • Plus so much more.

Check out our review of Red, White and Royal Blue right here.

Follow The Filmmakers Podcast on Twitter: @filmmakerspod | @gilesalderson and the official website


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