By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood July 2, 2013 at 1:15PM
WaH: The blog that I write for Women and Hollywood deals with women in the film industry. A lot of female filmmakers, when we talk to them have female mentors or inspirations. Talk about the mentors in your life.
MC: Someone I put Molly in contact with was my friend Kate Nolfi. We were in a women's writer and production group. It was myself, Lisa Duva, who is another filmmaker, and Kate and our mentor was Jennifer Fox. The four of us would meet on a monthly basis and discuss what it was like as a woman in the film industry and support each other in our work. They offered a lot of really great advice to me when I was beginning the process of this film. I felt very fortunate to have this backbone of support from women who worked in the industry.
MG: I never really had a female director mentor. But, when I first moved out here I was hired by a casting director to be a casting assistant. Her name is Randi Hiller, she is now the head of casting at Disney. She has been an amazing mentor through this whole thing. I used to sit in the room all day and watch her work with the actors and read with them. She even helped out on this movie. She's the best.
SD: I don't know what to do with your question. I take my female inspiration from all places. From the female producers that I've worked with. I've marveled at the ways that these ladies have been able to handle everything with ease, add more, and always hold their own. That for me was what I needed to learn to do.
WaH: Molly, what is the writing process with James?
MG: We've worked together as writers for about five years. We have a decent process by now, I hope. Generally when we write, we outline everything very thoroughly, we talk through what we think is going to happen and whoever feels more connected to the scene just writes it. Then, person number 2 will sit down take a pass and revise it, while the other person is always in the room. Then person number one will revise it and that becomes the final draft. It's been a good system for us. We wrote it in conjunction with our actors too. We did improv with them for every scene.
WaH: How long was the shoot?
MG: 19 days spread out over several weekends. But, we wanted a tight script, but we wanted it to feel natural. We had the actors improvise almost every scene and that is a lot of the dialogue. It sounds natural because they wrote it themselves.
WaH: What's your favorite romantic comedy?
MG: I'll answer. I recently rewatched My Best Friend's Wedding.
MG: It's a great romantic comedy and it's so messed up. The morality in that movie is messed up, but it's delightfully messed up. She's trying to break up someone's marriage throughout. But, it works. The performances are so good and the film is so fun. There is never a moment that isn't fun.
SD: The one that comes to mind is Knocked Up. It's more of a comedy comedy, but a realness comes through. A ridiculous realness, but a realness. It just works.
MC: This is also a weird answer. The deep cut from the archives. Do you guys remember a movie called Practical Magic? I love that movie because it's funny and charming, but in the same way that My Best Friend's Wedding is ultimately about friendship on some level, Practical Magic is ultimately about family and acceptance. Romantic comedies don't just have to be working towards a wedding. I think that's what is cool about Forev, it flips that on its head. They are not gonna get married and that is the happy ending. It's about love in all of its forms, including family and friendship.
WaH: In Forev, I liked seeing how the relationship developed between Sophie and Jess. It's always nice to see female friendship in movies.
MG: I loved the scenes between the two girls. I talked a lot about having to own being a girl. One of them is like alpha-girl and the other doesn't really understand what it means to be a girl and how she can be a girl. I really latch onto the girl/girl scenes. James sort of told me to just run with it. "I don't know what these conversations sound like, so just do it."
WaH: What's next for all of you?
MC: I'm moving to London to go to graduate school in an unrelated field.
SD: I'm still so in this, I can't see the future. I want to work on something else, either a short or a feature. I can't really think ahead. I'm ready to take on the next thing. I might need a little breather though.
MG: James and I have already written a bunch of things, so I'm not sure what direction it will take next. Maybe another feature, maybe TV.
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