Being Evel: James Durée
walks us through post
Compositing plays huge role in this documentary film
By Randi Altman
Those of us of a certain age will likely remember being glued to the TV as
a child watching Evel Knievel jump his motorcycle over cars and canyons. It felt like the world held its collective breath, hoping that something horrible didn’t happen… or maybe wondering what it would be like if something did.
Well, Johnny Knoxville, of Jackass and Bad Grandpa fame, was one of those kids, as witnessed by, well, his career. Knoxville and Oscar-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge
(Saving Face) combined to make Being Evel, a documentary on the daredevil’s life and career. Produced by Knoxville’s Dickhouse Productions (yup, that’s right) and HeLo, it premiered at Sundance this year.
Director Junge (who shares writing credit with his editor Davis Coombe) has a little daredevil in him too, choosing to walk a bit of a tightrope when it came to how he wanted to present the film — ultimately, he ended up putting 60 interviewees in front of a greenscreen while archival clips of Knievel’s stunts played in the background. The interviews were shot all over the country in a variety of locations.
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