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Exclusive Video: How Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Made ‘The East’ Look Like a Big Budget Studio Thriller

Exclusive Video: How Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Made 'The East' Look Like a Big Budget Studio Thriller

Two years after “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice” catapulted her
to indie icon status at Sundance, Brit Marling reunited with her “Sound of My Voice” director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij for the Fox
Searchlight thriller “The East,” now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film centers on an ex-FBI agent (Marling) who
infiltrates an anarchist collective known as The East suspected of
attacking corporate CEOs. Once embedded within the group (headed by a shaggy Alexander Skarsgård), however, she
soon finds herself on their side.

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In a video, below, exclusive to Indiewire, Marling and Batmanglij dish on how they made “The East” look like it was made for a much higher budget than it actually was (the reported budget for the film is just over $6 million).

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indeed, we never get to know how exactly they got big names or shot mass crowd scenes for just 6 million dollars. Okay, reality check: Europeans DO TOO make movies just like this for 3 million Euros, which is about 6 mil USD, but still in H'wood perspective, it's a cheapie.


It is interesting to see how involved and hard work movie making really is.


This behind scenes clip been put online since a while ago.


This clip says nothing about how they pulled it off. It's just the people involved saying it was really hard and ambitious but they managed to do it anyway. There's no detail at all about how they might have cut corners or saved money in different areas.

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