Join A-List directors in helping make Orson Welles final film + interview with producer Filip Jan Rymsza

Hi Film Folk!

We have a very special post today regarding Citizen Kane actor, writer and director Orson Welles‘s last film which needs YOUR help to finish.

Join Clint Eastwood, Edgar Wright, J.J. Abrams, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Steven Soderbergh, Brett Ratner, Sofia Coppola and Jason Reitman in making Orson’s very last film, The Other Side of the Wind reach screens.

Full campaign details are here but SCROLL DOWN for a chat with producer Filip Jan Rymsza about working with Jurassic World, Back to the Future and Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall on the project and what he’s learned about Mr. Welles himself!

 

Orson Welles in 1937 - Photograph by Carl Van Vechten
Orson Welles in 1937 – Photograph by Carl Van Vechten

 

Producer Filip Jan Rymsza said:

 “This project came through a mutual friend who told me at Cannes that the rights to the last Orson Welles film was available. I like projects that are challenging by nature. This is unique, it’s a total one of a kind. There’s never been anything like it and there won’t be another project like this again. 

It’s the centenary of Orson’s birth so it’s time. This is an event. Let’s do this. If not now, then when?

It’s been expensive to do from a filmmaking process and it’s been hard from a rights stand point, from the way Orson was shooting and with the material being scattered. It’s one thing to see it through but it’s another, necessary thing, to make sure it’s right.”

You can own a DIGITAL COPY of the film once completed, along with all sorts of Orson goodies.

There are TICKETS to the LONDON, LA, PARIS and NYC PREMIERES available – so think about foregoing a couple of weekends of drinking or a few cinema trips and be a part of film history! 

 

Process

Filip also described how wonderful it was to see Orson’s process close up:  

“Going through the process of seeing how he worked as a director and how a film looks when the production was spread out of 6 years was amazing [Welles shot the film from 1970-76). How do you shoot different actors at different times, years apart, within a specific scene? You have to shoot around certain people and that informed his style.

Having big obstructive frames with foreground characters with their backs to the camera and having to shoot that way because you either don’t have that actor available or you don’t even know who that actor is because you haven’t cast him yet. A lot of scenes were done like that with John Huston. He wasn’t on it at the time of shooting, so the style was borne from that necessity. It became a signature Welles style – he used it in Othello and Touch of Evil. Being able to keep that in your head when many times you don’t have a script supervisor on set. To carry that in your head for over 6 years and have it come together so seamlessly is amazing.”

 

From left: Peter Bogdanovich, Bill Weaver, (seated), Orson Welles and Oja Kodar on location during the filming of Orson Welles' last unfinished film “The Other Side of the Wind." Photo by José María Castellví
From left: Peter Bogdanovich, Bill Weaver,
(seated), Orson Welles and Oja Kodar on location during the filming of Orson Welles’ last unfinished film “The Other Side of the Wind.” Photo by José María Castellví

 

The Film

When asked what the legendary director’s final film will be like Filip responded:

“My impression of it still lives with the script. It’s fascinating as it’s Orson Welles making a film about directing and a certain type of director – the swashbuckling, adventurous, macho type. John Huston was that type of director in a way and, of course, John Ford. He influenced Orson more than any other types of director. There’s a bit of autobiography in it, a bit of Hemingway in it – it’s about the notion of an artist. He’s got a lifetime’s worth of experience. He said he could have written a Tolstoy type of book on the character because he knew it so well!”

 

Super Producer

And Filip had an amazing time working with Jurassic World and Back to the Future producer, Frank Marshall:

“He’s humble and hands on and he’s so dedicated to this film. Disproportionately so! We’ve been collaborating for about 3 years now. He’s been on the set of Jurassic World and whenever there’s something that needs to be dealt with he calls immediately and is very much on it. This was a very important part of his career, working with Orson. For everything that I’ve been told and have read and heard, he (Orson) was not an easy person to work with – he challenged people in many different ways and Frank was no exception. Frank was fired multiple times and never left and stuck around at the hotel and proved himself very necessary.”

 

HELP make Orson’s last film a reality, and be a part of history, with a small or large contribution. Spreading the word is HUGELY appreciated by everybody involved, so please do SHARE and RT

 

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