Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
In each year, there are a handful of smaller films that come seemingly out of nowhere to blow everyone away and achieve box office success. One such title from the current crop of festival hits is the bayou-set fantasy Beasts of the Southern Wild, which garnered raves at Sundance and hasn’t stopped raking in the compliments ever since.
A movie this heartfelt and imaginative would be impressive coming from any corner of the filmmaking universe, but what makes Beasts‘ success even more exciting is that it comes from a relatively inexperienced cast and crew — starting with first-time feature director Benh Zeitlin. In a new featurette, Zeitlin takes the Creators Project with him to Louisiana to explore the set, discuss his Court 13 filmmaking collective, ponder his inspirations, and basically explain how his indie gem came to life. Watch it after the jump.
Beasts isn’t really the kind of movie you can spoil, but if you haven’t seen it yet be warned that this video reveals quite a bit about the plot. Over the past few months, the film’s rolled out to some 300 theaters across the country, so there’s a decent chance it’s playing near you — head to their official site for more release info.
We’ve posted a couple of other Beasts-related featurettes in this space before, though at ten minutes this one is the meatiest. For more on the story, check out this one featuring Zeitlin, co-writer Lucy Alibar and stars Dwight Henry and Quvenzhané Wallis; if you’re curious about the aurochs in particular, see how those scenes were done here.
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