Ryan Hired a Dream Analyst for “How to Catch a Monster”

Mar 9 • by Luciana • No CommentsHow To Catch a Monster

For his directorial debut, the upcoming surreal fantasy How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling (who also wrote the film) hired a dream analyst to advise his actors. Let that soak in for a minute: Ryan Gosling had his cast consult with a dream analyst. It’s an eccentric move, even for a guy as eccentric (and dreamy) as Gosling. But, as with all things Quirky Gosling, it’s pretty fantastic as well. According to Saoirse Ronan, who stars in the film alongside Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, and Matt Smith, the analyst was a woman named Greta. She had the actors write themselves letters each night — something along the lines of, “Dear inner self, if it is your will, reveal to me in a dream tonight what my character’s relationship is to this other character,” Ronan told Vulture. Then they let their subconscious provide the answers.

“We would come in the next day to discuss our dreams with each other, and act them out,” says Ronan, who stars in this weekend’s new Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. “I’d tell Greta, ‘Listen, I don’t know what this is, but I was doing this last night, and then this person popped up [in my dream]‘ and she’d make sense out of it. And that was our rehearsal.” By sharing their dreams — recurring dreams in Hendricks’s case — “it made us become very close,” Ronan said. “It was a very new method for me, because all of a sudden, Ryan was encouraging us to incorporate our own personalities into our characters, how you feel about things, what your anxieties are, and things like that.”

Ronan plays a girl called Rat in the movie. (Because “she kind of lives like a rat,” Ronan explains.) “She lives in this house with her grandmother, and her grandmother’s a hoarder, and there’s lots of man-made tunnels within the house, because there’s so much memorabilia that the grandmother’s collected over the years. And I had a pet rat, Nick. Ryan had shown me photos, and he said, ‘So these are the rats we can choose from.’ And there was this beautiful white Siberian rat, like a Russian rat, or something like that, and he had beautiful eyes, and I thought, Oh! He’s really nice. And Ryan was like, ‘Oh! I think we’re going to go with a sewer rat. The mousey, brown-gray sewer rat.’” But by and large, Gosling was the expert collaborator you’d expect him to be, allowing for improvisation, and getting everyone psyched to shoot the same scene in different locations. “It kind of felt like a guerrilla-style filmmaking experience,” Ronan said. “We’d learn our scenes the night before, and then he’d tell us to just forget about that, and just chat. I found it very brave, for him to have so much trust in his cast.”

Read the whole article at Vulture.

“How To Catch A Monster” On Set Gallery Update

Jun 7 • by Lindsey • 1 Comment »Gallery, How To Catch a Monster

We added the missing on set pictures of Ryan filming “How To Catch A Monster” in Detroit in our gallery.

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2014 – How to Catch a Monster > Behind the scenes > On Set – May 13, 2013
2014 – How to Catch a Monster > Behind the scenes > On Set – May 26, 2013
2014 – How to Catch a Monster > Behind the scenes > On Set – May 31, 2013

Ryan skips Cannes for ‘HTCAM’ shooting

May 23 • by Lindsey • No CommentsHow To Catch a Monster, Only God Forgives

Ryan did not attend yesterday’s premiere and press conference for “Only God Forgives” at Cannes Film Festival. THR is reporting that a letter from Ryan was read during the press conference of the movie.

If the rain isn’t enough to dampen spirits Wednesday, the absence of star Ryan Gosling might do so. The star is skipping the red carpet premiere of Only God Forgives to stay in Detroit to continue shooting his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.

Festival organizers and Croisette gossips had been anxiously waiting all week for word on if the actor would attend. At the morning press conference for the film, festival director Thierry Fremaux instead read a letter in which the actor said travel restrictions were preventing him from flying and apologized for not being able to make it from the Motor City to the Med.

“I do not have the right to fly while I’m filming,” Gosling stated in the letter, citing insurance restrictions while he works. “I tried everything to bend the insurance company, but it fell on deaf ears.”
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How To Catch A Monster’ Sees Strong Sales

May 18 • by Luciana • No CommentsHow To Catch a Monster

Variety is reporting that Sierra/Affinity has sold 20 international markets for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, fantasy drama “How to Catch a Monster.”

The project is selling at Cannes. Warner Bros acquired U.S. rights to the project last week.

Territories sold include Australia/New Zealand (Entertainment One Australia); Benelux (Cineart); Canada (Entertainment One Canada); CIS (Top Film Distribution/DK Media); France (Wild Side); Latin America (Sun Distribution); Scandinavia (Scanbox); United Kingdom (Entertainment One UK)

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing along with Gosling through his Phantasma Films and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster through Bold Films. The script, written by Gosling, centers on a single mother swept into a dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.

‘How to Catch A Monster’: More On Set Pictures

May 11 • by Luciana • No CommentsGallery, How To Catch a Monster

Ryan was spotted on set with stars Matt Smith and Christina Hendricks for his directorial debut How to Catch a Monster on Thursday (09) in Detroit, Mich. You can find pictures up already in our gallery:

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2014 – How to Catch a Monster > Behind the scenes > On Set – May 09, 2013

Warner Bros Acquires “How To Catch A Monster”

May 11 • by Lindsey • No CommentsHow To Catch a Monster, News & Rumours

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros picked up the U.S. rights for “How To Catch A Monster“.

Warner Bros has scored the first major acquisition of the Cannes Film Festival, before anybody has gotten on a plane. The studio is closing a deal for U.S. rights to How To Catch A Monster, the film that is shooting now. Writer-director Ryan Gosling‘s film stars Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith Ben Mendelsohn and Rob Zabrecky. The studio is paying a $3 million minimum guarantee for the film, a fantasy thriller in which a single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town. Marc Platt is the primary producer on the film.

The film is being financed and produced by Bold Films, and Sierra/Affinity (which also is selling Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler on the Croisette with Jake Gyllenhaal starring) will sell Gosling’s film overseas. Having a major distributor like Warner Bros in place should make that effort much easier. Gosling has starred for the studio in Gangster Squad and Crazy, Stupid, Love, and it sounds here like Warner Bros is betting on him as a filmmaker as well. The deal’s being made by WME Global head Graham Taylor, who was out of the country and couldn’t be reached.

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