On Wednesday, November 19th, I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive breakfast with Director/Writer/Producer Matthew Vaughn after going to an advanced screening of his newest film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, the previous night. Vaughn is known for directing, writing, and producing films like Kickass and X-Men: First Class.
We got to talking one on one and I told him I'm an up and coming filmmaker myself and was discussing how difficult it is to make a quality film without the budget to hire a cast and crew.
"This is something Ridley Scott told me years ago. All filmmaking is is a guy standing behind the camera and the guy standing in front of the camera. If you have at least that, there's a movie in there somewhere."
So its a quote of a quote! We also discussed one of the more memorable action scenes of Kingsman, and he had this to say.
"I try to imagine any action scene I film as one single wide shot with no cuts. If it's still good from that point of view, I'll do it and expand upon it, adding effects and cuts, etc... If it's not interesting enough from the wide shot, it's rarely worth doing."
The scene we were discussing from Kingsman: The Secret Service is a violent church scene, which is one of the highlights of the film. It's a spectacular scene, and as an editor I can tell a lot of the camera movements to make this scene possible are done in post production. The intensity leaves you at the edge of your seat, craving more. The scene was so exciting that it could have been one static shot and it would've still been amazing.
I definitely learned a lot from our meeting, and have some newfound inspiration to get out there and work on some more projects. Big thanks to MoviePilot for arranging this whole event, and of course a big thank you to Matthew Vaughn for the advice and inspiration! I had a blast seeing the film and getting to meet you!