IFC Films has just debuted a short featurette ‘The Making of Boyhood-12 Years on Film’ on Hulu. Linklater must have known the magnitude of what his film was going to be given his foresight to videotape his actors when he started the project in 2002.
The 10-minute inside look of the film process shows the physical and mental development of the cast and Linklater himself. The director, who is bound to be a major Oscar contender, explains how he made the low-budget film on 35 mm to make it visually cohesive and withstand the technological changes over the course of 12 years.
Bouncing back and forth from 2002 interviews to 2014 interviews reveals how these actors have undergone a significant change in their own lives given their 12 year engagement with this project. For Ellar Coltrane, it’s all he’s ever known and he even acknowledged that he took it for granted until he reached the point where he could co-create with Linklater. Check it out below:
“Boyhood” is available to own on Digital HD on Blueray & DVD on January 6.