Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Behind the Scenes With My Favorite Actors: Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force

"A good man always knows his limitations..."

***These stills are captured from the original Magnum Force featurette. For more Clint awesomeness, please visit This Distracted Globe's 31 day Eastwood celebration at this link.***


Joe Valdez said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out, Jeremy.

The way Eastwood runs his sets should be industry standard, if it isn't already. I found these comments in a 2003 interview with DGA Magazine:

Eastwood explained that years ago he noticed how the Secret Service Agents at the White House communicated. "They had earphones in the ears. You didn't hear them talking, but they were all talking with one another all the time. I thought, 'How come these guys can do this, but on a movie set you hear all these guys screaming and yelling all the time?' So I decided I wanted set communication just like the Secret Service. Everybody should be able to communicate without having all this yelling and screaming. That's the way I've been working ever since. I have all the departments on headsets so they can say, real softly, 'We're shooting.' It's quiet. You don't have to have that 'ACTION! QUIET EVERYONE!'"

An added benefit of this was quickly seen while location shooting. "The neighborhoods that we shoot in, you get a lot of very nice people, people who are glad to have you there. But then you always have those idiots who say, 'Oh, they want quiet, I'll give them quiet,' and they empty the garbage can on the driveway or something. So, when I'm out in the neighborhood, just like on the set, I like it quiet. That's also out of respect for the neighborhood. I don't want to keep everybody awake, or disturb their life any more than we have to by being there with a bunch of trucks and stuff. You shoot very quietly, efficiently, and move right on down the line. That way, the neighborhood is more appreciative. They've enjoyed our visit as an experience. It hasn't been the movie cliché of some guy in leggings and a megaphone. It works really well, and that consideration permeates through the whole crew."

The whole article can be read here.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks for the link Joe and keep up the great work on your Eastwood month!