One of my favorite films from this year’s SXSW was director Lynn Shelton’s Sword of Trust. The mostly improvised film is about a couple (Jillian Bell and Michaela Watkins) that show up to collect the inheritance from a deceased grandfather and discovers the only item he left – an antique sword – might be proof that the South won the Civil War. As they attempt to sell the sword, they team up with a pawnshop owner (Marc Maron) and his conspiracy theory-obsessed employee (Jon Bass) and a crazy adventure ensues. Sword of Trust also stars Toby Huss, Dan Bakkedahl, Tim Paul, and Whitmer Thomas.
Shortly after seeing the film I sat down with Lynn Shelton, Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins and Toby Huss at the Collider studio at SXSW. During the very fun interview, they talked about how the film happened, how the film tackles conspiracy theories and “fake news”, filming a scene when all the dialogue is completely improvised, the challenge of making the movie in 12 days, how Shelton became friends with Maron, the editing process, and more. In addition, Shelton and Maron talk about Glow season 2 including how the entire season takes place in Las Vegas.
Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.
Finally, I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, A-List Communications. At the Supper Suite venue in Austin, libations were flowing courtesy of El Tesoro Tequila, Blue Moon Belgian White, and Hint Water. Without these fine folks, we wouldn’t be able to share conversations about movies like Sword of Trust with all of you, so another big thank you to our partners for their support.
Lynn Shelton, Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins and Toby Huss:
- The cast jokes about the sponsor names.
- What’s the movie about?
- How the film tackles conspiracy theories and “fake news”.
- Lynn talks about how he and Marc met, and how she gained his trust, and how that led to Sword of Trust.
- How they shot the film in only 12 days.
- Talk about improvising all the dialogue in the film, and making sure the narrative remained intact.
- Jillian talks about how working with the cast for Lynn was like wrangling cats. Discusses how impressive Lynn is as a director.
- They give an example of how a scene works when all the dialogue is completely improvised.
- How Toby stayed in character for the duration of the shoot.
- How did Lynn shoot a film that’s completely improvised with 4-8 people per scene?
- Marc jokes about not being clear when his coverage is being shot.
- The editing process.
- Marc and Lynn talk about Glow Season 2. Reveal the whole season takes place in Las Vegas.