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Oscar Watch Exclusive: Tom Hooper Talks Directing Style in The King's Speech

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 20, 2011 at 4:17AM

In a wide-ranging discussion about his directing approach on The King's Speech, Tom Hooper talks (in the video below) about framing star Colin Firth in wide-lens close-ups so that there was "nothing between him and the character." He mentions one of the visual themes in the film was finding "a visual analogue to stammering which became about framing Colin in relationship to negative space."
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In a wide-ranging discussion about his directing approach on The King's Speech, Tom Hooper talks (in the video below) about framing star Colin Firth in wide-lens close-ups so that there was "nothing between him and the character." He mentions one of the visual themes in the film was finding "a visual analogue to stammering which became about framing Colin in relationship to negative space."

The Weinstein Co., in another example of finding innovative online ways to reach awards voters, is transmitting a live Q & A Thursday night with Firth, Hooper, Helena Bonham-Carter and Claire Bloom from Clapham Picturehouse in London via satellite to 64 theaters across the UK. They will also show it to SAG members only at the Landmark in LA and the Regal E Walk in NY. UPDATE: Here's the live stream and a behind-the-scenes video.


Tom Hooper on shooting style from Weinstein Co on Vimeo.

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Directors, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Video, Oscars, Golden Globes, Winter, Tom Hooper, Period, Biopics, Colin Firth, Weinsteins, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.