‘Baby Driver’: Director Edgar Wright’s Awesome Con Panel
This past weekend, I attended Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. for the second year. One of the guests at the con was director and writer Edgar Wright. Wright is the man behind films like Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Hot Fuzz. During his panel on Awesome Con’s main stage, he sat down to chat with actress Felicia Day about his latest project Baby Driver. The film stars Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, John Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Lily James, and Eliza Gonzalez.
According to Wright, the idea for Baby Driver came to him almost ten years ago and is inspired by iconic heist films and high-speed chases. He told Day that he spoke with several directors who had shot iconic car scenes when writing the film. After some playful pressure from Day, he name-dropped George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Quentin Tarantino.
When describing the use of music in the film, Wright explained that Baby Driver is “like the scene in Shaun of the Dead when they fight to Queen.” Wright went on to say that everything from the actors’ movements to the cars’ moves was basically like choreography. The film’s stunt coordinator and choreographer were on set all the time. The film’s choreographer, Ryan Heffington, also choreographed Sia’s “Chandelier” music video.
Wright also shared some funny stories about harnessing himself to the front of cars so he could experience what the camera and stunt men were experiencing, but also so he could give the actors directions. He said that it was “one of those bad ideas that you have and can’t back out of once you do it without looking like a wimp”. The director explained that at times it was hard to give the cast directions during the car scenes because it was hard to hear over all of the commotion on set. One of the tools used to capture some of the driving scenes is a technology called the Biscuit. The technology, created for the horse racing film Seabiscuit, allows the actors to be in a car while the stunt driver is in an attached pod outside that controls the vehicle.
After a bit of Q&A, we were treated to the first five minutes of the film. The sequence that featured Elgort, Hamm, Gonzalez, Bernthal and a number of cop cars was high energy and featured some impressive driving from the film’s title character played by Elgort. The use of music in the film kicks off right from the start. There were moments where I could hear the crowd “oh-ing” and “awe-ing” around me. After the clip, someone near me yelled, “Take my money!” amongst the applause and cheers. It’s safe to say that I will be seeing Baby Driver when it hits theaters on June 28th.
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