Paul Dano and the cast of his directorial debut “Wildlife” sat down at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Sundance Film Festival, where they discussed the writing process of the film — Dano adapted it from the Richard Ford novel with his partner Zoe Kazan — and Dano talked directing for the first time.
“Everything has to be controlled,” Dano said, of period pieces (“Wildlife” takes place in the ’50s). “Which is a nice way to work, actually, because it’s a stealth way to get what you want, we can control every color and texture that goes right in front of the lens.”
“The parts that I hadn’t been through did have a learning curve and you have to trust people who you’ve hired for the first time,” he continued. “It does take building creative family and trust because you have to lean on your collaborators.”