One of the biggest success stories of this years awards race has been “Arrival.” This Paramount release about a linguist (Amy Adams) recruited by the US Army to interpret alien languages when several space ships land around the world received eight nominations, including Best Picture. Director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Eric Heisserer, both of whom received Oscar bids, recently chatted with Gold Derby about their work on the film.
Villeneuve was drawn to the material because of, “what it was saying about the world, and the idea that in order to evolve as a species, we should find a new form of humility.” Heisserer reveals that when he first read Ted Chiang‘s short story “Story of Your Life,” “I was lured into the idea that there was going to be an intellectual story … I didn’t expect to feel as much as I did when I got to the end of the story, and that was really my prime motivation for adapting it.”
Among the contenders, we spoke with producers Shawn Levy and Dan Levine, production designer Patrice Vermette, set decorator Paul Hotte, film editor Joe Walker, sound editor Sylvain Bellemare, and sound mixer Bernard Gariepy Strobl.
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Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte, production designer and set decorator
Joe Walker, editor
Sylvain Bellemare, sound editor
Bernard Gariepy Strobl, sound mixer
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