Exclusive Interview: Director Michel Gondry on His New Film THORN IN THE HEART and GREEN HORNET

     May 4, 2010

Earlier today I got to sit down with director Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party) for an extended interview.  As a big fan of his work and the crazy stuff he does on his website, I’ll admit to being very excited when I was offered the chance to speak with him.  The reason he was in town was to promote his newest film, Thorn In The Heart.  The movie is a very personal look at his aunt Suzette Gondry and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves.  The movie premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and it’ll open in Los Angeles May 14.

Of course with Gondry also directing Sony’s big budget Green Hornet movie starring Seth Rogen, we also talked about how that project is going.  We covered working with editor Sally Menke, how does he blend his artistic nature with the demands a mainstream blockbuster, what is “Kato-vision” and how does work in the film, and post-production 3D conversion.  Hit the jump for the interview.  It’s been time indexed.

Before getting to the interview, I suggest first watching the trailer for Thorn in the Heart.  I could explain the movie to you…but this trailer will do a much better job.

Michel Gondry

  • 0:14 – Was anyone in his family nervous about shining the spotlight on their history?
  • 1:40 – The period of time over which he shot the film and the crew he shot it with.
  • 2:58 – His thoughts on the digital revolution.
  • 4:17 – His thoughts on the 3D trend.
  • 5:13 – Filming in France, did he need permits or did he take a guerilla-style approach?
  • 5:43 – How long was the editing process?
  • 7:04 – What extras can people look forward to on the DVD/Blu-ray?
  • 9:03 – Where would he go for a week if he could go anywhere in the world?
  • 9:39 – What has it been like working with editor Sally Menke on Green Hornet?
  • 11:18 – How does he blend his artistic nature with the demands a mainstream blockbuster.
  • 13:17 – What is “Kato-vision” and how does work in the film?
  • 15:20 – Talks about the post-production 3D conversion on Green Hornet.
  • 17:39 – What’s his next project?

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