Tom Ford on What He Learned from Early Screenings of ‘Nocturnal Animals’

     November 21, 2016

One of my favorite movies from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. The film is based on the Austin Wright novel Tony and Susan and stars Amy Adams as a successful art dealer whose former flame (Jake Gyllenhaal) sends her an advance copy of his new, intense thriller manuscript for a novel inspired by their relationship. The film follows a parallel story track as both the current-day events and those within the manuscript, titled “Nocturnal Animals” of course, continue to unfold. Loaded with fantastic performances, a smart script, and amazing production design from every department, the film again shows Tom Ford – who previously helmed A Single Man – is a real talent behind the camera. The film also stars Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen, and Jena Malone. For more on Nocturnal Animals read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

nocturnal-animals-amy-adams-posterAt the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Tom Ford. He talked about why he wanted to tell this story, what he learned from early screenings, who he trusts for honest feedback, the look of his films, what he thinks a director needs to do to craft a successful film, and more. Check out what he had to say in the video above and below is a list of what we talked about and some images from the film.

Nocturnal Animals is now playing in limited release and expands into more theaters this week and goes wide December 9th.

Tom Ford:

  • What do I need to do for him to make more movies?
  • Why did he want to tell this story?
  • How long was his first cut?
  • Who does he trust for honest feedback?
  • Did he make any big changes after the early screenings? Talks about how the film has three worlds and each one needing to be “clear but not too clear.”
  • Talks about collaborating with his production team and the look of his films.

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