Charlyne Yi and Director Nicholas Jasenovec Exclusive Video Interview – PAPER HEART

     February 8, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

A movie that I really enjoyed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was “Paper Heart”. This is one of those films that was buzzed about before the festival started as it featured real life couple Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi, and everyone wondered if they showed their real relationship on screen. Also, an actor named Jake Johnson played director Nicholas Jasenovec, so everyone was curious what that meant.

The short answer is…it’s hard to describe. Unlike most films that have an easy one-liner, “Paper Heart” is part fiction and part non-fiction. When you watch Charlyne interviewing kids and other interview subjects about love, it’s all real. But when you watch Michael and Charlyne talking about various things while eating hot dogs on Hollywood Blvd., it’s pretty clear some of it is being done to add drama to the narrative.

I think that’s one of the reasons the film hasn’t sold yet. It’s hard to describe so studio marketing people get nervous. Whatever. Eventually a studio will buy this movie as Michael Cera has a ton of fans and people will want to see this.

Anyway, while at this year’s Sundance, I was able to interview Charlyne Yi and Director Nicholas Jasenovec. We talked about not only making “Paper Heart”, but how much was scripted/improve and a lot more. It’s a great interview and one worth watching. Finally, if you’d like to see some movie clips, click here.

Charlyne Yi and Nicholas Jasenovec

· How did being a partygoer in Cloverfield help her make Paper Heart

· How did the project come together

· Financing – how difficult was it to come by and how was it to make on a limited budget

· What was it like being on the road and talking with the kids in the movie

· The funniest kid in the movie is now in LA trying to be an actor

· The editing process and how difficult was it to find the tone

· Was there a storyline that got pulled out in the editing process

· We talk about how the relationship between Charlyne and Nick in the movie isn’t the typical Hollywood relationship

· Where did the idea to use puppets to tell people’s stories come from

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