18th Dec2019

The Filmmakers Podcast #139: Director Fernando Meirelles on making ‘The Two Popes’

by Phil Wheat

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing 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, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk 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 film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness, Fanged Up, & Retribution too.


The Filmmakers Podcast #139: Director Fernando Meirelles on making The Two Popes, City of God and The Constant Gardener with Giles Alderson & Dom Lenoir

Legendary director Fernando Meirelles joins us to talk about how he made his latest feature The Two Popes starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. He discussed how the film came about, what his process is like on set, how he worked with massive names including Anthony Hopkins, how he prepares and performs on the day and how he cast Jonathan Pryce. He talks about lighting The Two Popes and his process working with his DoP and how they used oil paintings as reference and used a flat light. How he uses music in his films and why he used Jazz. How he edited 45 minutes out of The Two Popes and the importance of a good editor. Being aware of pace in the edit. How he made The Constant Gardener and created the film into 45 minutes in the edit room. He explains how his breakthrough film City of God came about and why he put his own money into the film and what happened after he sold City of God at Cannes And how on The Two Popes Netflix helped and were a brilliant support.

The Two Popes is out in cinemas and on Netflix on Dec 20th 2019.

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


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