How They Made the 12-Year Boyhood

Boyhood editor Sandra Adair and director of photography Shane Kelly reveal the secrets behind the making of Richard Linklater’s Best Picture frontrunner.

Richard Linklater’s 12-year odyssey Boyhood is the film to beat in this year’s Oscar race, racking up critics group awards and distinguishing itself  as “an epic of the intimate.” But for longtime editor Sandra Adair (winner of the LA Film Critics’ prize) and camera operator turned DP Shane Kelly, Boyhood represents the ultimate in Linklater’s brand of fictional vérité.

“The film taps into some very core things about what makes us human and our experiences dealing with the disappointments in life, the unexpected little moments that seem so inconsequential at the time but add up to the fabric of our lives,” Adair says. “And I think that’s what audiences relate to. They see themselves, they see their parents, they see their siblings. It’s the cumulative effect of all of these little moments that become a little stunning.”

If we thought Linklater’s Before trilogy was bold, this real time rite of passage is even more ambitious. We actually get to witness the actors age as the characters do, especially Ellar Coltrane as Mason, seen from age seven to 19. Imagine if François Truffaut made the first two Antoine Doinel movies in such a fashion.

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Editing, Oscar, Tech

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