Steven Soderbergh Wraps André Holland Film ‘High Flying Bird’ and Has First Cut Done Three Hours Later

Here's more proof Soderbergh is the most economical filmmaker on the planet.
André Holland and Steven Soderbergh
André Holland and Steven Soderbergh
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Steven Soderbergh’s “Unsane” doesn’t open in theaters nationwide until March 23, but he’s already gone ahead and finished production on an entire new feature to be released later this year. The director’s “High Flying Bird” was announced at the beginning of February, with Soderbergh planning a two-week shoot at the end of the month with his “The Knick” star André Holland.

Not only is Soderbergh finished with principle photography, but he already has a first cut of the film locked. The director made the announcement on Twitter with some pretty amazing minor details. Soderbergh wrapped filming on “High Flying Bird” on March 15 at 1:09pm. By 3:41pm on the same day, the director already had a first cut of the drama ready to be seen.

While some may be shocked to hear Soderbergh finished and cut a movie in less than three hours, it’s not too much of a surprise given that he’s such an economical filmmaker. Soderbergh, who shot “Unsane” on an iPhone and most likely did the same with “High Flying Bird,” is an advocate for digital filmmaking since it allows him to shoot and edit simultaneously throughout each day of production.

“High Flying Bird” stars Holland as an NBA agent who tries to get his rookie client to accept a controversial business opportunity after a lockout temporarily shuts the league down. The project is one of two Soderbergh films that were announced earlier this year, the second being a thriller called “Planet Kill” from “Unsane” scribe James Greer and “Contagion” writer Scott Z. Burns.

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