“What’s So Bad About a Biopic?” Director and Producer Janice Engel | Raise ****: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Filmmaker Magazine | 1/28/2019 | Filmmaker Staff
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by Filmmaker Staff

Whenever directors watch their own films, they always do so with the knowledge that there are moments that occurred during their production — whether that’s in the financing and development or shooting or post — that required incredible ingenuity, skill, planning or just plain luck, but whose difficulty is invisible to most spectators. These are the moments directors are often the most proud of, and that pride comes with the knowledge that no one on the outside could ever properly appreciate what went into them.

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So, we ask: “What hidden part of your film are you most privately proud of and why?”

There is one thing I am most personally proud of in making Raise ****: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins and it has to be with trusting your gut instinct. Making a film is a journey and there are so many twists and turns where you doubt your instincts.

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“First thought, best thought” has to do with the trajectory of the story we were telling and how to best tell it. My initial gut was to tell Molly Ivins’ story in a classic three-act character-driven structure. But after being told and rejected early on by certain industry colleagues that I pitched to...
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