One of the many films to world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball, World War Z) All I See Is You. Taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, the film is a “visually-driven psychological drama that tells the story of a blind woman (Blake Lively) and her husband (Jason Clarke) who upon restoration of her sight begins to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.” Since I’m trying to tread lightly about revealing too much about the plot, if you’d like to know more you can read a longer synopsis on the TIFF website. All I See Is You also stars Ahna O’Reilly, Danny Huston, Yvonne Strahovski, and Wes Chatham.
While at TIFF I landed an extended interview with Marc Forster. During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about casting Blake Lively and Jason Clarke, how Ron Perlman helped the project get made, the story, who he trusts for honest feedback, memorable moments from filming, how the film changed in the editing room, the way he’s changed as a director through his career, and so much more. Check out what he had to say in the video above and below you can see a list of what we talked about.
- When did he find out the film would be part of TIFF?
- He talks about the film and what it’s about.
- Why did he cast Blake Lively? Reveals how Deadpool played a role.
- How did he land Jason Clarke? Says he was the first one that was passionate about the material.
- How tough was it to get financing? Talks about how Ron Perlman helped the project.
- How long was his first cut compared to the finished film?
- How does he show his early cuts to for honest feedback?
- What cameras did he use and why?
- Memorable moments from filming.
- How long was his shoot?
- Any big plot points or storylines that were deleted?
- Storyboards versus finding it in the moment. How has he changed as a director through his career?
- How many takes does he like to shoot?
- Does he want to do more TV after Hand of God?
- How the industry has changed and mid-range budgets are gone.