Day for Night/ Living in Oblivion- Directing

Living in Oblivion by Tom DiCillo and Day for Night by François Truffaut are 2 movies which display the hardships of filming a low budget as well as a high budget movie.

The possibilities of conflicts are endless when it comes to dealing with humans and electronic equipment. Both the movies aim at addressing the generically vital issue that is usually left behind the curtains- conflicts amidst crew members. These conflicts include cross cutting opinions among actors due to different perspectives, the actors going out of focus as they fail to remember their lines and tend to stress out. At times, when the actors get emotionally involved with the characters they fail to see the thin line that separates Hollywood from reality and end up becoming anxious or depressed. Which results in the director having to hunt for a replacement as the original actors fall into webs of mental issues.


The scene portrayed in the image above tells us how difficult it is to actually get a perfect shot. While the shooting is in progress, many hurdles no matter how insignificant come into picture and ruin the minute details that make the scene what it is.


We all know that our emotions can take us on the world’s most terrifying roller coaster ride. Actors too are humans who at times reminisce about the pointed needles of circumstances that playfully stroke their band-aided heart. In the image above the actress gets carried away by the emotions of her circumstantial past which prevent her from gaining clarity and focus on playing the character.


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