Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh has been talking about his directing technique, in comparison to that of Clint Eastwood and David Fincher. While Clint Eastwood likes to get things done in just two takes, David Fincher is willing to do fifty and Steven Soderbergh says he likes to be somewhere in between.
Soberbergh told Collider, “It depends. I fall mostly towards the let’s keep it fresh, 3 is my ideal, but there was one scene that ended up getting cut significantly, I’m only using the front part of it now, in Side Effects where it was a long dialogue scene that I wanted to play out in one shot and there was a lot of movement in it so there was like seven different destinations for the camera.”
He added, “We did 23 takes before we got it. If that’s what it requires, I’ll do it, but in general if there’s not a big technical thing going on, I feel like unless there’s something wrong with the text or the actor, 3 takes and we ought to be thinking of moving on.”
As well as having a great director of the quality of Steven Soderbergh, Side Effects also has a brilliant cast, which includes the likes of Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta Jones. Side Effects has been written by Scott Z. Burns and is set to be released on February 8 in the US and then on March 8 in the UK.