“Wildlife” is unobtrusive, and Dano directs with a gentle touch. In 2018 Q&A held at Lincoln CenterDano talks about writing and directing “Wildlife,” where he reveals that reading emotional parts as an actor allows him to more skillfully construct scenes as a director. to act.
Like many films directed by established actors, “Wildlife” is very character-driven. It’s less about structure and story, and more about emotional moments between characters. It’s intimate. Dano once said in an interview with Score It magazine that he wanted to make a movie about his own dysfunctional family and expected films about dysfunctional families (a sentiment that, one might hope, would not flow into Steven Spielberg’s “The Fablemans” starring Dano).
At the Lincoln Center Q&A, Dano was asked directly by an audience member what he could transition from his acting to his directing role. His response points to an actor’s habit of mentally projecting himself into another’s experience:
“I mean, it’s my first time trying to write something – and Zoe is a niche writer, so I had her help – but I thought [acting is] take yourself and get over, you know, something else. And “adapt” probably has a relationship there. You know, I tried to express myself through the characters, through the book, and then create something of my own. ”
https://www.slashfilm.com/971559/paul-danos-directing-approach-isnt-that-far-off-from-acting/ Paul Dano’s directing approach is not far from acting