A look back at a classic interview from The Road to Cinema Podcast where we welcome filmmaker Max Landis for an in-depth conversation on screenwriting, directing, and the state of the movie business. Landis has four films being released this year. As a screenwriter, those films include: “Victor Frankenstein”, “American Ultra”, and “Mr. Right.” Landis also makes his feature film directing debut with his original screenplay “Me Him Her.” He shares with us how and why directing “Me Him Her” made him a better screenwriter. And how and why directing the new Ariana Grande music video “One Last Time” made him a better director. Shot through the point of view of a camcorder, “One Last Time” takes Grande and actor Matt Bennett through the calamity of an unhinged throng of onlookers as asteroids plummet toward earth. Watch below! It may look like one continuous camera move but as Landis tells us in our conversation, there are multiple cuts hidden inside this incredibly intricate 4 minute music video.
The two videos below offer a behind the scenes look at Landis’s execution for this one-of-a-kind music video which as you’ll learn on the podcast was shot in an extremely short amount of time. THE FIRST VIDEO shows Landis’s tech scout with his cinematographer as he guides us through each and every camera move in “One Last Time” with side-by-side comparisons of the finished product.
Below, you’ll see Landis directing on the set of “One Last Time” with musical artist Ariana Grande and actor Matt Bennett. The music video was shot in an extremely short amount of time. How short? You’ll find out by listening to the podcast!
Landis has developed a YouTube channel called “Up To My Knees.” The channel features a series of popular narrative shorts. “Wresting Isn’t Wrestling” is his newest video but one of my personal favorites is “Jane LA.” This mockumentary style thriller takes us into the life of Jane, a mysterious experimental artist. Jane is seen from the point of view of a curious guy hiding behind a camera whose growing fascination with the girl may reveal a bizarre and horrifying secret. Landis shares with us his plans for a cutting edge sequel to “Jane LA” and possibly a third installment.
Landis is masterfully articulate about his screenwriting process as he shares different ways in which he approaches writing itself as well as the art of pitch meetings for open writing assignments. He imparts some vital lessons on how to execute a pitch and how to play to an audience of producers and studio executives. You’ll also learn what pitch he thinks was the best pitch he ever delivered. That pitch happens to be one of his four movies being released this year. And Landis opens up about the state of the movie business with a profound insight on the chaos.
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Watch Max Landis’s latest video “Wresting Isn’t Wrestling” featured on his “Up To My Knees” YouTube channel. Landis wrote, directed, and narrated this look inside the universality of storytelling that emanates from the sphere of professional wrestling.