Monday 18 November 2019

Wood: Exciting time for indie films

Elijah Wood is optimistic about the state of independent cinema
Elijah Wood is optimistic about the state of independent cinema

Elijah Wood has suggested that the future is looking positive for independent cinema.

The Lord Of The Rings star, who has been enjoying starring in indie movies, said films can be made for lower budgets these days and can be seen in many more ways than before.

"It's kind of an exciting time for independent cinema. People are able to stretch dollars to make extraordinary things for less than a million," he told The Wrap.

"I feel like the distribution model is so open, there's no one particular model now, so people are trying all kinds of different ways to get movies released," the 33-year-old added.

Elijah - who switches between low-budget movies and those made by large Hollywood studios - next stars in drama Grand Piano, which was first released on video on demand before its release in US cinemas.

The actor-DJ plays a world-class concert pianist, who is threatened with death by a sniper (John Cusack) if he plays one wrong note during a performance.

He admitted it was technically challenging because most of the film focuses on him playing the piano alone reacting to John's voice.

"Grand Piano was all set, or a bulk of it, was set to music," he explained.

"It's all set to a very strict time code. All the shots were pre-determined - there was a clip track that we were listening to, I've got an earpiece listening to John Cusack's voice, I've got certain bars of music that I'm going to play at a certain time. It was super technical, really enjoyable, too."

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