Second Trailer for Like Crazy Will Break Your Heart
08.12.11 by Ryan
Earlier this year, director Drake Doremus' romantic drama Like Crazy impressed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film. The first trailer for Like Crazy was similarly impressive, showing a heartbreaking portrait of young love, embodied by Anton Yelchin as an American college student who falls in love with a English exchange student (Felicity Jones). When Jones outstays her Visa, she is denied access to the U.S., putting a strain on their relationship.
In a recent interview with IamRogue, Doremus talked about his "really true and really authentic" approach to the project, an aspect which comes across in the movie's second trailer.
The project came from trying to make a really personal story that hopefully resonates with audiences as being really true and really authentic. The film is mostly improvised from a fifty-page outline that my co-writer and I wrote. We wanted to just do a story from our generation's perspective that was really honest.
I wanted to make a really classic film. A sort of ‘70s art film in a way is how I started out the project. I wanted to do something that had a more classic feel than sort of the modern conventional filmmaking. So that's what I was hoping for, sort of do something really unique.
Doremus co-wrote Like Crazy with Ben Jones, which is a bit of a misnomer since what the pair did was write an outline for the movie that Doremus says allowed the actors to improvise within a framework.
I feel like my job is to sort of guide them in the moments as they're happening organically and just make sure that we're on track to keeping the overall scope of the film in my mind. The actors are encouraged to lose themselves in the moment and they're not thinking about anything other than what they are doing. My job is just to continually be aware of where the story is going. In a way I almost feel like I'm trying to be nuanced, nudging them as opposed to heavy-handedly saying hit this mark … use this prop and say this line.
See if Doremus' approach worked in the trailer below.
Like Crazy opens October 28th, and co-stars Charlie Bewley (Twilight: Eclipse) and Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class).