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Hannah Director Joe Wright Loved the Challenge of Shooting Action - Plus Trailer

A panel at San Diego Comic Con that caught people by surprise was the one devoted to Joe Wright's kick-ass adventure Hannah, starring Saoirse Ronan as a teenager who is not only trained to survive but to assassinate as well. In an interview presented by Screen Junkies, Wright discussed the film at a presentation.
“One of the reasons why I was excited to make the film was the formal challenge of shooting action,” Wright said. “I think action is like pure cinema because it can’t be replicated in any other medium. With drama, you can put people on a stage. With photography, you can put it in a gallery. With action, it really only works in cinema and that’s because of montage. So I really enjoyed playing with the ellipses and the magic of Hanna’s action. It’s as much about what you don’t see as it is about what you do see.”

“I wanted to avoid the normal clichés of action stuff, so I looked at Robert Bresson’s film Pickpocket. I think his economy of action, the whole train station sequence, is extraordinary. Also Alwin Kuchler, my wonderful DoP, showed me Boy Meets Girl, his kind of very expressionistic action sequences, long running in those movies and I really enjoyed the idea of playing with the reality of what we were doing. When she’s running in the strobe lights for instance where she’s running on a running machine. She’s not actually moving at all. The lights and the camera created the movement and she’s actually staying completely still.”

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