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Director Catherine Hardwicke Discusses Her Movies Twilight, Lords of Dogtown and More

Director Catherine Hardwicke Discusses Her Movies Twilight, Lords of Dogtown and More
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Today, I’m joined by Director and Set Designer, Catherine Hardwicke.

Catherine’s directed some incredible films including Twilight, Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, and she’s worked with the likes of Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Heath Ledger, Cameron Crowe, Richard Linklater, and countless other film artists. 

We talk about how she got into the film industry, some of the memories she has from working with iconic film stars, and what her favourite films to direct have been.

She tells me how Twlight went from being a low-budget indie movie to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, and how she managed to find such a perfect cast for the movie.

An energetic and wonderful lady with a life most people dream of, Catherine tells us hilarious stories from her 20 years of experience working in film. And she was standing through the whole interview! 

“How can I really efficiently tell a story, how much interesting information can I pack into one frame?” – Catherine Hardwicke  

Time Stamps:
01:11 – Who Catherine Hardwicke is and the different films she’s worked on.
08:51 – What it was like working with Heath Ledger.
19:40 – How Catherine trained to be a director and started her career in film.
26:59 – How the filming of Lords of Dogtown unfolded.
30:59 – Where you can watch Don’t Look Deeper, and how the film tackles the future of AI.
36:55 – How to shoot a film that works in both vertical and horizontal format.
40:50 – Being a production designer, working on Three Kings, and directing Thirteen.
50:10 – How the idea and production for Twilight went from indie movie to a worldwide phenomenon.
54:35 – How Catherine found the cast for the movie.
1:01:07 – What Catherine’s aim for Twilight was when she made the film.
1:02:31 – The different projects Catherine is working on now.
1:06:25 – What it was like working with Peter Jackson. 

Resources: 

Twilight (2008)
Don’t Look Deeper (2020-)
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
Three Kings (1999)
Thirteen (2003)
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