With award season underway, tons of movies are gaining a lot of buzz on who will win the most coveted awards in the industry. One of the nominees in multiple categories is the unbelievable movie Boyhood starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a remarkable timeline of where you literally see the main character Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grow up to be an adult. The movie was shot within twelve years and now, audiences are raving over the movie.
Tonight, Yahoo! held a Livestream Q&A session where both the writer/director Richard Linklater and lead actor Ellar Coltrane spoke before an audience who were waiting to screen the film. Although millions are able to see the movie today, that was not the case a year ago where it was barely making its Sundance premiere. Before its public release, Linklater worked hard to perfect what we see today. He later noted that it was something that many directors don’t have a chance to do where they can go back and edit something you shot ten years before. It’s rare to be able to put scenes back and take things out whereas nowadays, you stick to the finish product that only took a month to shoot.
Just imagine the fact the whole cast and crew came back each year to film this. Some production companies wouldn’t even consider such nonsense except for IFC Production who was with them every step of the way providing them a $200,000 budget every year. From day one, the entire crew knew what they wanted and mapped out what they wanted to bring on screen. You’d think after a while they’d get discouraged but according to Linklater, that wasn’t the case at all. They had a plan, lots of patience and knew it would go through.
One of Linklater’s main goal was to mirror how it feels to grow up. He later mentioned, “[I] wanted the film to feel like a memory. [A] little intimate remembrance of your life.” But will we see a continuation of this movie? Possibly Manhood? It’s possible. “Who knows,” said Linklater. Anyone else picturing the idea of Coltrane’s character getting married for the sequel?
Boyhood is out now on DVD and showing in selected theaters.