From the Mike Sragow Gets Reel blog:
Jason Winer directed every other episode of the first season of the award-winning
He has just made the jump to movie comedy with the forthcoming remake of
in the role that
made famous. Winer had some sharp observations about updating the beloved 1981 farce for an interview that ran on Sunday (click here).
But he also spoke eloquently about the type of comedy he was going for. "I think what I was able to bring from my 'Modern Family' style was a sense of observational comedy. What I love about 'Modern Family' is the way that the camera often feels as if it's peeking in on the action. You dont have to be shooting in
style to use the camera and lenses in such a way as to make it seem that youre observing like a fly on the wall."
Winer continued, "My favorite kind of comedic moments are ones where somebody in the audience thinks theyre the only one who notices that funny thing, but when they laugh out loud they realize the person next to them is laughing too. So theres lot of those little moments in 'Arthur.' The moments almost seem thrown away. You feel as if youre the only one that catches that little throw-away line -- but hopefully, everyone is going to catch it. Its a big movie, so there are some glossy, really easy to access comedic beats, and slapstick, lots of different things to laugh at. But my favorite are those quiet moments."
To help him achieve his goals, Winer enlisted editor Brent White -- "he has basically cut for
. Hes done each of their movies for the past ten years, going back and forth between them. So he did 'Anchorman,' '40 Year Old Virgin,' 'Knocked Up,' and 'Talladega Nights.' "
Winer also collaborated with cinematographer Uta Briesewitz. He said, "She is amazing. She shot
and movies for
('The TV Set,' 'Walk Hard'). Shes done some very dramatic television and some very funny movies, and thats one reason that I love her. This movie has comedy and