Tyro helmer Scott Elliot was downright giddy before the Los Angeles preem Tuesday night of indie drama “A Map of the World.”
“I feel like I got a Ph.D. in filmmaking during this last year,” Elliot told auds before the screening in Santa Monica. “It’s just been a remarkable experience doing my first film.”
Perhaps still in Thanksgiving mode, Elliot was also grateful to the pic’s producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall: “That they trusted me with the material is amazing.”
And “Map” star Sigourney Weaver said she “was in very good hands” with Elliot. But filming wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. “We shot in 30 days, so it was sort of a tumbling experience,” she said.
Yet Weaver enjoyed playing her complex character, a mother accused of sexual assault — “This (role) is what I have my heart in right now.”
Similar vibes came from Marshall: “I love the story, and that’s what it’s all about.” Plus, “a lot of heart and soul came from the cast, and that’s what got (the film) made.”
Elaborating, Kennedy said, “it was incredibly enjoyable (to be able) to ask people to do things as a labor of love rather than a deal for money … everyone had such a great time.”