Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Making love, melancholy, misery: A 'Marriage Story' made in moviemaking
Posted Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 11:28 AM
VENICE, Italy — Day Two of the #VeniceFilmFestival is highlighted by public, press and pass holder screenings of "Marriage Story" starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johannsson. The movie centers around the crumbling ruins of a once mighty matrimony.
During today's press conference for "Marriage Story," Driver — portrays Nicole's (Johansson) husband Charlie in the film — discusses a pivotal scene between himself and Johannsson and the feeling of dramatic art within.
"It was two days, and it was pretty difficult," Driver says. "But the theme of working on it felt very much like theater. There's this theme of theater that's in the movie, but also the way Noah [Baumbach] writes his scripts also feels like theater. So, it was lucky I got to say the things I got to say and that Scarlett was my scene partner."
Filmmaker Noah Baumbach also discusses the scene which is not only the culmination of the movie, but stepped in theatre development.
"That scene was so particularly choreographed," Baumbach says. "And there were moments when we were in the close-ups. I asked them to lunge at certain moments, or turn their heads at certain moments, because I knew I wanted to cut on those moments."
"It was very technical, but to have these two actors completely lose themselves at the same time they're in absolute control was such a privilege," Baumbach continues. "And it was so exciting for me. But it was also harrowing, it was hard. We would have to stop. They'd have to go to their rooms, and we'd walk around the block."
Despite all the difficulty and hard work, Baumbach found himself in a richly rewarding professional moment while shooting the pivotal confrontation with Driver and Johannsson excelling at their craft.
"It was like watching two of the best athletes compete," Baumbach says. "It was really in many ways the most rewarding experience I've had as a director."
The Venice Film Festival continues through September 7, but tomorrow morning is the final screening of "Marriage Story" at the fest: 8:30 a.m. GMT+2 (pass holders and press only) at the PalaBiennale.
The movie opens in limited release on November 6 and via Netflix December 6.