Stacey Sher Q&A: ‘The Hateful Eight’ producer
Stacey Sher’s working relationship with Quentin Tarantino began as an executive producer on “Pulp Fiction” (1994). She went on to produce “Django Unchained” (2012), for which she shared a Best Picture nomination. “The Hateful Eight” finds her once again assembling the pieces for the auteur’s singular vision and in our recent webcam chat, she spoke about the many ways in which she made the production as smooth as possible, despite some sizable obstacles.
“Obviously, the weather was a tremendous challenge,” she admits. “Mother Nature was constantly throwing us curveballs. We had the warmest winter in the Northwest in the past 100 years. We were chasing the weather, and we were looking to serve the story at the same time, and the weather was a very big part of our story. So everybody had to be tremendously flexible, and that really went from the top down.”
With the help of the entire production team, Sher says she, “developed a strategy which literally was post-its. We had three scenarios that we could go in any direction on any given day. Now, were Quentin not flexible, and the actors not extraordinary, and the crew this sort of unbelievable machine, we never could’ve accomplished it.”
As she explains, “The three scenarios were; (1) if it was sunny, we went into Minnie’s Haberdashery (that was our cover-set); (2) if it was overcast, we went into the stagecoach; and (3) if it was snowing, we were outside, and it didn’t matter if we shot seven days, eight days, nine days. We knew we couldn’t count on an unlimited amount of snow as had existed in that area in the past.”
Sher was also nominated as a producer of Best Picture nominee “Erin Brockovich” (2000). Both “Brockovich” and “Django” brought her additional bids from the Producers Guild of America. Will “The Hateful Eight” reap Sher her third Oscar nomination?