On the Set of 'Nebraska' With Alexander Payne, Bruce Dern and Will Forte
9:17 AM PST 1/6/2014 by THR Staff
The director and stars of the awards contender reveal secrets of the film in a behind-the-scenes look; says cinematographer Phedon Papamichael: "We don't work with storyboards; we leave room for discovery."
Payne’s crew prepares a shot: “Forty-five people on Alexander’s set have worked every day on every movie he’s ever made,” says Dern. “You can’t help but be good with these guys.”
Dern (left) and Forte in a scene set up by cinematographer PhedonPapamichael, who says: “We don’t work with storyboards; we leave room for discovery, block and rehearse on location, 100 percent real locations. We see what the actors do, and we do our coverage afterwards.”
Payne, second from left, shows, from left, Bob Odenkirk, Tim Driscoll and Devin Ratray moves for their fight scene.
Says SAG and Globe nom June Squibb (with Payne), who played JackNicholson’s wife in About Schmidt and Dern’s in Nebraska: “Alexander said 10 years ago Bruce and I wouldn’t have been ready to play these parts.”
'Best Experience of All Time'
From left: Papamichael, Dern, Forte and Payne on set. Says Forte, “It was the best experience of all time, and Bruce told me great stories about film history and gossip I’ll never divulge — I’m a secrets-holder.”