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September 19, 2013 10:43 AM
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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 SkarsgÄrd), 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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  • TheMelancholicAlcholic | September 24, 2013 6:46 AMReply

    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.

  • Margot | September 21, 2013 11:05 AMReply

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

  • jingmei | September 19, 2013 11:45 AMReply

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

  • what? | September 19, 2013 11:10 AMReply

    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.

  • Quin | September 20, 2013 7:24 AM

    Yeah, that's what I got from this as well. I wanted them to share something useful. It's less how, and more matter-of-fact.