Eye on the Oscars: Best Picture - 'Midnight in Paris'
Since 1994′s “Bullets Over Broadway,” Woody Allen’s younger sister, Letty Aronson, has served as producer on his films.
“We tried to (shoot) this script about two or three years prior to our (summer 2010) shoot, but it was just too expensive,” Aronson recalls. “We couldn’t make it work on the budget. In the interim, the French government passed the tax rebate for international production and the difference made it possible. Once the rebate went through, we were able to do it because I had already made a three-picture deal with (Spain’s) Mediapro and this was one of their pictures. So the money was in place.”
According to Aronson, besides keeping the film’s time-traveling premise under wraps until the film’s first screening at Cannes, the biggest challenge involved working around Woody’s sleep schedule while shooting in Paris: “It was more difficult because we are not accustomed to working nights, but since 50% of the movie (takes place) at night we didn’t have a choice,” she says. “We had to work until 2 or 3 in the morning. The problem was that Woody does not like to work at night. He originally thought we could do it from 10 to 1 in the morning, but it gets dark late in Europe, so that just wasn’t possible.”
“Owen (Wilson) was the first to come on board. Once he came on, Woody built around him.”