[Movies] Louis D'Esposito Talks About Directing Agent Carter Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.24.2013
Is he interested in directing features?
In an interview with Superhero Hype, director Louis D'Esposito talked about his work on the Marvel One Shot, Agent Carter. Here are highlights:
On what has changed since he started directing Marvel One Shots: "I think you get a little more confident each time you do one. That doesn't mean that you don't still come in and have butterflies in your stomach. I also knew after doing the first one that I could push what I could get away with. This was always a big story. It required a little more money and little more time to shoot. How far could we push it? What could we get on-screen? You start learning that. I think that, at first, we were a little bit gun shy, thinking we couldn't do so much. There's a lot of budget constraints. We can't do explosions and we can't do this or that. But this time we said, "Screw it, let's see what we can do." So I think you get more confidence each time you do it."
On if he's interested in directing features: "It's certainly a different muscle you're using. Not completely, but a little bit. I love it. I love storytelling. That's why I got into this business. Well, I got into this business accidentally, but what kept me there and what fueled my passion for it is storytelling and the tools you have for it. The camera and the actors and the script, obviously. Maybe. I talk about it with Kevin [Feige] seriously. We're quite busy right now. We have three films coming out in the next eight months and we're in prep on two others. It's hard to have that serious conversation when you have so much on your plate. It is a conversation we have had. I am definitely going to do another short. We're not sure when, but there's an idea we've been kicking around that we want to do. We'll see. We'll take it from there."
On how the cast of Agent Carter came together: "So, first and foremost, Hayley Atwell. We called her up. "Are you available? Are you interested?" We sent her the script. She didn't realize she'd have so much fighting in it. "Yeah, I want to do it. It's great." So she's on board. Then we started casting like we do on any of our films. We go through our casting director Finn. She reads the script. I explained to her some of the things we're looking for and she send over a list, just like if we're doing a feature. We went after Bradley Whitford immediately. We knew we wanted him. There were some scheduling issues. It was touch and go and then he finally became available. So we jumped that hurtle and it was great. Dominic Cooper was also touch and go for awhile. He was going to actually be in the office and actually walk into the office. He couldn't be there on the day. A couple of weeks later he became available and that's when we decided to do it as a phone call. Dum Dum Dugan was, at one point, going to come in the office with Howard Stark. When that couldn't to fruition, we added the tag scene. These things are very planned out when we do them. Every line of the script and every shot. Every visual effect. That was one where we sort of ad-libbed it and had some fun."