Two directors on set
Posted 29 December 2007 - 03:31 PM
Of course there are quite a few successful mainstream Hollywood, sibling director team ups (interestingly, always of the same sex, always male too), such as the Farrelly Brothers and the Wachowskis. I cannot however think of many successful examples of non-blood related onset directing partnerships. Jeunet and Caro are about it, and even they parted ways pretty quickly!
Recently, I read some comments Bob Hoskins is quoted as having said regarding the two directors who helmed SUPER MARIO BROS:
"The worst thing I ever did? Super Mario Brothers. It was a *beep* nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks their own agent told them to get off the set! *beep* nightmare. *beep* idiots."
Elsewhere on the internet (!) it has been reported that the SUPER MARIO BROTHERS directors (Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel) were in the awkward position of having disagreements between themselves as a directing team. This was apparently in addition to conflict they shared mutually with cast and crew. A few DVD sites have noted that DP Dean Semler and producer Roland Joffe had to take over the directing reigns on SUPER MARIO BROS because of these conflicts and conflicts within conflicts. Personally, I really like Morton/Jankel's work on MAX HEADROOM and the commercials/music videos they have shot, and they still have big clients in the world of advertising, so clearly that kind of partnership can work. I did notice recently though that certainly in the last ten years they nolonger collaborate onset together.
I have also noticed that quite a few DPs on this forum have worked for or continue to collaborate with two onset director partners, specifically in the music video realm. How does this work? Does one oversee the visuals and the other the performances? Do they divide the disciplines and how does this work when collaborating with a DP? Do you think it is any different to collaborating with one onset director?
Thankyou all in advance!
Posted 29 December 2007 - 06:40 PM
In terms of my end of things, I don't have to deal with two people disagreeing with each other over a set-up. For one thing, we tend to plan out the shooting in advance and then shoot the plans on the day. Occasionally if Michael gets called away for something serious, I go to Mark and ask him any questions I have, get his approval first, etc.
I once did some pick-up shooting for a movie where the lead actor and the director sort of co-directed and it was a nightmare, the actor could overrule anything the director asked for, and usually did... so it became pointless to talk to the director -- it was more efficient to find out what the actor wanted us to do, then inform the "director" what we were doing.
Posted 30 December 2007 - 02:42 AM
Andrews last short "Career Opportunities in Poetry" he directed with his wife. Much of the onset time was very cordial and he and his wife would discuss things quietly first, then Andrew would usually be the voice which carried the direction. I was first assistant camera on the shoot so I didn't get too much time around the directors. But it was always pleasant and collaborative as far as I could see.
Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:36 PM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:59 AM
It also allowed him to have "special guest director" too I guess...
Posted 11 January 2008 - 12:26 PM
I can't imagine a husband and wife team working well. If I get in a fight with my co-director at least I know I can still go home to my family.