***If anyone attended this event and would like to contribute notes I may have missed since I was a few minutes late arriving due to the fact that I had been attending an IFP Industry Connect panel discussion on Producing which overlapped the Julie Delpy discussion, please submit your notes in the ‘comments’ section. – TFPN
Actress, singer, director, and Oscar-nominated writer Julie Delpy discussed her new film, 2 Days in Paris, which she wrote, directed, edited, produced, scored and starred in. indieWIRE Editor-In-Chief Eugene Hernandez moderated the discussion. 2 Days in Paris plays at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, May 3 at 9:30pm at AMC 72nd Street East Theater 1.
Eugene: What was it like shooting your film in Paris?
Julie: Everyone was really good. It’s a lovely city to shoot in. People are a little annoying, but you get used to it.
Eugene: Being this was your first feature film you directed, what were some previous experiences you took from to make this film?
Julie: You have to surround yourself with the right people. Know what you want. I asked advice from directors I like. You are the caption of your ship, but also have to listen to everyone. Be very open to what people have to say. Always listen. It’s a team work, but still need to be strong. I never felt stronger than directing a movie.
Eugene: Did you always intend to edit your film yourself?
Julie: I had to learn to use the editing machine. I did have an assistant editor, but he was not a creative editor. I really enjoyed editing.
Eugene: Did you always intend to record your own music for the film?
Julie: I first didn’t want music, but then looked at the film and it was missing something. I wrote serious, but funny music for certain situations in the film. My next film, I wrote the music for the entire film.
Eugene: What about Raging Bull inspired you?
Julie: My character is kind of like Jake LaMotta. She’s not totally like that, but sometime I’m inspired by characters that are the opposite.
Eugene: What were some of your most challenging roles?
Julie: Before Sunrise. I wrote a lot of the scenes in the film. It was a great occasion for me.
Q: What kind of roles do you like?
Julie: I read the script and look at who’s directing it. It has a lot to do with the director. Sometimes parts are good, but if the director is not interesting, it’s not going to work.
Q: What’s the difference between directing American and European actors?
Julie: I can’t judge them. I only directed one American actor, Adam Goldberg. Actors want to be nurtured. You have to be kind and caring to them. They’re fragile little flowers. I’m careful with actors. In every actor, there’s sometimes a little diva.
Q: How do you accomplish everything?
Julie: Being creative comes with a price tag. It’s usually very simple. Transfer your dark side into something creative. When you’re really down is a good time to write music. It gets the pain out. Sometimes enjoy painful moments.
Q: What was the budget of 2 Days in Paris?
Julie: About $1.5 million. Next film will be about $5 million.
Q: What aspects of Paris do you like filming?
Julie: The stuff most Parisians don’t like to see. The real Paris, not just the tourist attractions.
Q: What was your writing process like?
Julie: Used Final Draft software. Think of an idea. Write the storyline. Create the character. Write scenes. Didn’t storyboard the film.
Q: Do you ever talk to Jean-Luc Godard?
Julie: Once or twice a year. I’m not really close to him. I don’t want to beg people I like so much. I respect him too much. It feels weird. Doesn’t feel right.