Alejandro Adams: I have certain techniques for getting myself and my cast and crew into a given production–like doing logistically daunting (impossible?) scenes right out of the gate. You seem to “go easy” on your people, pace yourself. What are the advantages of this?
My response: It’s not really a matter of “going easy” on people (though I’m not a big fan of torturing the talent for my own artistic gain, à la von Trier or Lynch). I just find that neither I nor my cast has gotten acquainted enough with the characters to do the complicated, tricky scenes right off the bat. I like to start with simple little First-Act scenes which are meant to introduce the characters to the audience. I want the cast to “get to know” their characters in more or less the same way the audience will.