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How Jesse Eisenberg Turned an Audible Book into a 16mm First Feature

After decades acting for auteurs, Eisenberg learned a few things about directing.

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival opened last week with When You Finish Saving the World. In the coveted spot of opening night film, it did not disappoint.

Starring Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard, it’s not exactly the film you’d expect of any first-time filmmaker.

The acting is mesmerizing, the story damn-well told, and the whole thing was shot on 16mm film. It happens to be Jesse Eisenberg’s first time directing a feature.

And it all started with an Audible book! (Eisenberg penned it, and Finn Wolfhard voiced it.)

No Film School was at the film’s premiere on opening night to watch the film and find out more about Eisenberg’s process in making it. Here are our takeaways on what he had to say.

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Author: Oakley Anderson-Moore
This article comes from No Film School and can be read on the original site.

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