Read first good buzz about Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s new film, What We Do in the Shadows at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, which starts this week.
Bird Runningwater, director of Native American and Indigenous Programs for the Sundance Institute, invites patrons to check out this year’s Indigenous films at the Festival, where one of them is What We Do in the Shadows.
Adam Patterson from Examiner places the Shadows on the list of 10 most anticipated Sundance 2014 titles,
As a huge fan of everything Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement do, I’m thrilled to see them working together again on this vampire comedy.
And finally, IndieWire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. Today, it was Taika and Jemaine’s turn.
Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #11: What Being a Vampire Means to ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement
New Zealand filmmakers Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement have redefined the meaning of friendship in their latest film “What We Do in the Shadows,” an off-beat comedy about the ordinary lives of less-than-ordinary vampires, whose contemporary environment seems to continually conflict with their somewhat “dated” lifestyles.
What It’s About: Three flatmates struggle with ordinary problems such as paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. They also happen to be vampires. When a more modern vampire appears on the scene, they discover there’s more to being undead than sunlight catastrophes, having no sense of fashion without a reflection, and successfully hitting an artery.
What was the biggest challenge in completing this film? Agreeing on when to stop working on it.
Did you crowdfund? If so, via what platform. If not, why? Nope. We secured the money through asking one person. He may have crowdfunded it though. Or asked another guy who did. Somewhere down the chain there may have been crowdfunding involved but if so, I’m unaware of it.
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