Marc Webb, the director of The Amazing Spider-Man, made an early appearance before the Television Critics Association earlier this year. He is executive producing the Hulu original series "Battleground," for creator J.D. Walsh. Of course he was trying not to talk about Spider-Man but I wanted to follow his career from (500) Days of Summer, and slip in a few Spidey questions myself.
CraveOnline: First of all, thank you for helping me through my 500 days of Diane.
Marc Webb: My pleasure, my pleasure.
CraveOnline: Did you direct any episodes of "Battleground"?
Marc Webb: I was finishing up the movie on this season, so I didn’t get to direct anything. J.D. did all of that, so not this time around.
CraveOnline: Will you want to next season?
Marc Webb: Oh, the possibility is really exciting. I hope that will work out.
CraveOnline: As an indie filmmaker, what opportunities do you see to produce new content on outlets like Hulu?
Marc Webb: Well, Hulu is great because the idea is a lot of good drama has moved to TV rather than cinema. All you can do is make superhero movies. I don't know how that worked out. But there’s a real appetite I think for interesting and different experimental and adventurous shows and Hulu is a great example.
It’s sort of on the forefront of the different way to expand and offer content to the world. The byproduct of that is, what this show is, it is a half hour single camera show which typically leans towards really funny quirky comedy kinds of stuff that you see on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" or "New Girl."
What J.D. did was try to create a tone. That was a big part of this, try to create something that felt more real and that leaned into the drama a little bit. That is a tone that is unfamiliar.
CraveOnline: Were you involved in the casting?
Marc Webb: Yeah, we talked about it. I would consult with J.D. and we talked about the tones and the performances but really J.D. was the mastermind behind the whole thing.
CraveOnline: How do you reflect on your career this indie movie (500) Days of Summer spawned a big studio movie career and a TV executive producing career?
Marc Webb: Well, it’s really wonderful to be able to tell the stories that you always cared about. I think (500) Days of Summer being received in a certain way allowed me access to certain people. People I think trusted my input in a way.
J.D. I’ve known since first grade. We were in the same class in first grade and I’ve always really appreciated his sensibilities, thought like you see here he knows what he’s talking about. The opportunity to help him in any way was really great. I think I want to do more of that in the future.
CraveOnline: He was amazing on stage. He clearly did research and referred to all the things the critics were talking about, like the Univision panel and Work It.
Marc Webb: Oh, he knows. He knows. That’s J.D. J.D. has a really sophisticated understanding of media culture but also human behavior. It’s a wonderful characteristic for a writer. I’m really excited for him to keep doing that.
CraveOnline: (500) Days of Summer broke a lot of rules. Are you now more interested in telling more traditional stories?
Marc Webb: Oh no. It’s just whatever is fun and interesting in the moment. That’s the stories that get told. I just want to do everything. I’m schizophrenic like that.
CraveOnline: It’s funny you joked about too many superhero movies. Do you feel like you’re part of the problem now?
Marc Webb: No, no, I’m really excited for The Amazing Spider-Man.
CraveOnline: I got to visit 3Ality and they told me they gave you the ability to shoot in 3D at the last minute so you didn’t have to post convert. How wonderful was that opportunity?
Marc Webb: We shot with the 3ality rigs. Yeah, it was great. It’s a different format but it was really, really wonderful and for Spider-Man, it’s really [effective.]
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