How to Shoot the Start of a Relationship’s End in ‘Marriage Story’

How to Shoot the Start of a Relationship’s End in ‘Marriage Story’
By: WNG NYT Posted On: December 09, 2019 View: 41

How to Shoot the Start of a Relationship’s End in ‘Marriage Story’

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The early teasers for “Marriage Story” were released as two separate vignettes, with each of the lead characters, Charlie and Nicole (Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson), discussing what they love about the other.

Those montages play in a more extended form at the beginning of Noah Baumbach’s film (now in theaters and streaming on Netflix), creating a way to quickly establish the characters while drawing viewers more intimately into their relationship, just before showing that it’s about to end.

Narrating the scene, Baumbach discusses the challenges of shooting so many small moments in a relationship and making them feel lived-in. He discusses how the film’s score, by Randy Newman, aids in that goal, and how he shot a lot of footage to capture just the right amount of emotion.

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