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AusChron: ‘Baghead’ Report

AusChron: 'Baghead' Report

In this week’s Austin Chronicle, filmmaker Bryan Poyser files a report from the set of the Duplass (Jay and Mark) Brothers’ new feature film (and follow-up to the much-heralded The Puffy Chair), a work called Baghead. Principal photography recently wrapped in Bastrop, TX (a few miles outside Austin) for what promises to be another must-see film. Don’t count on seeing it anytime soon, though, as the Dupes’ busy Hollywood schedule (a good problem to have) will keep them from finishing the post-production until sometime next year. Regardless, here’s some of what Poyser had to say:

Just before The Puffy Chair arrived in theatres, the Duplasses signed a deal with Universal Pictures to write and direct a new feature, while also agreeing to write a pilot for a TV series to be produced by another brotherly duo, American Pie’s Chris and Paul Weitz. A prominent independent distribution company offered the brothers a $1 million budget for Baghead, but they turned it down. They’re making it in the same way they’ve made all of their films since their shot-in-an-afternoon short “This Is John” caught the eye of Sundance in 2003: no stars, no money, no big crew, not even a tripod. There’s a script, but no one looks at it – not even the actors. When Bryant’s father comes to the set to play a small role – as with The Puffy Chair, the filmmakers are keeping it in the family – Mark explains, “Our method is just that you do what you would normally do in this situation, and we record it. If we want you to do something different, we’ll tell you.”

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