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Taylor Swift Talks Her Multi-Scripted Career at Toronto Film Festival – Deadline

Taylor Swift Talks Her Multi-Scripted Career at Toronto Film Festival – Deadline

Taylor Swift fever hit the Toronto Film Festival on Friday night when the singer-songwriter star stopped by actress Sadie Sink to present her 10-minute work. Too good: the short filmfollowed by an hour-long In Conversation event with the festival’s CEO, Cameron Bailey.

Fans slept overnight on the sidewalk outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox theater in hopes of getting a spot on standby, while bars and restaurants along the festival’s King Street hub blasted out the classic Taylor Swift, the 2012 song ‘All Too Well’, which inspired the short.

For Swift, the event provided the opportunity to publicly screen the short film in its original 35mm format.

“It’s really significant to be able to present the short film in 35mm because that’s how it was originally shot,” Swift said before the screening.

Sink (Strange things) and Dylan O’Brien (maze runner) co-stars a younger woman and a slightly older man in an up-and-down relationship that eventually fails but leaves an indelible mark on both of them and lingering regrets.

Having launched online last November, very good it played in select theaters in the US and screened in Tribeca in June and there is now talk of the short being a possible awards season contender.

Swift told Bailey that she wasn’t surprised that she ended up writing and directing a short film, explaining that there had always been a visual element to the way she conceived songs and presented them to audiences.

“When I wrote a song, I immediately started thinking about how I want to present it on stage. If I made a music video for this, what would she look like? she said.

“And then when I was creating an album, halfway through, I would start to conceptualize what this album looks like. What are the colors we are dealing with here? What are the themes? esthetic? What do I want this to symbolize? Because from a very early point in my career, I wanted to establish each album as a kind of era of its own.”

She revealed a host of filmmakers who had influenced and inspired her work throughout her 20-year career.

“It has fluctuated over time. I’ve always liked certain movies during certain phases that I was in musically. Like when I did the ‘1989’ album, I watched a lot of John Hughes movies, like sixteen candles, the breakfast club over and over again,” he said.

“When the pandemic arrived, I saw a lot of Guillermo Del Toro, the devil’s backbone, The Pan’s Labyrinth. My whole world became folktales, forests and mythical creatures. I was so dazzled by those movies and obviously I always liked them. the shape of waterIt’s one of my favorite movies of all time.”

He also cited more recent titles such as Noah Baumbach’s marriage story and Joanna Hogg the memory Y The memory Part II.

“I love the fact that it’s about this young woman who experiences this extreme anguish and despair and then does something like that,” she said of The memory part IIadding that he had seen it after very good was finished.

Swift said it had been a “baby step process” to get the short film project off the ground.

“It wasn’t like I woke up one day and thought, you know what, I want to direct,” he said. “I’ve been on the set of over 60 music videos and I’ve learned a lot from that process because I always have my eyes and ears open. I always look at shots and think, ‘I like that one, but I don’t like that one.’ Why and why not?

Securing Sink and O’Brien for the lead roles had been a key step in the project, Swift revealed.

“It was a very instinctive decision based on having seen his performances. If he had to give it an analytical thought, he would say that he had never seen any of them play roles like this before. But I’ve seen them succeed at everything that comes their way,” Swift explained.

“I thought I’d wonder if Sadie Sink wants to play a romantic role. I know I haven’t seen it yet. I think he’s at the perfect point in his career where he could do it,” he continued.

“If she had said ‘no,’ I just don’t know if I would have made the movie honestly. If true. She really wanted them both to say yes. I know we have to compromise in life, but she didn’t have a backup plan and she didn’t want to compromise.”

Swift, who is currently gearing up for the Oct. 21 release of her 10th studio album “Midnights,” acknowledged that a natural progression now would be to make a movie.

“I would love to keep taking small steps forward. And I think I’m in a place now where the next baby step isn’t a baby step, it would be to commit to making a movie and I would love for the right opportunity to come along because I love telling stories this way.” she said.

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