Published On: Mon, Jun 26th, 2017

‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ director Jon Watts on filmmaking, ‘trapping’ people in a movie theater

It was a surprise when Marvel/Sony hired Jon Watts to helm their Spider-Man reboot and now fans get to learn a bit more about Watts and what makes him tick.

Last week Watts appeared on a panel titled “Innovation And The Big Screen Experience” at the CineEurope conference in Barcelona and was asked about working on film versus television, he said, “I love the movies. Everyone always says the same thing about the shared cultural experience, seeing things on the big screen, the church of the cinema… But on top of all that, as a filmmaker, I love having people be trapped in a movie theater, forcing them to watch what I made.”

After the laugh, he continued: “Film is a temporal medium as much as it is a visual medium, you’re playing with time and you don’t have that ability where someone can pause at home. That’s such a fundamental part of what makes filmmaking exciting to me. I don’t really have as much interest in any other medium. I just like the control.”

For Watts, he’s “still pretty new at this,” but offered, “It’s all about making an experience, you go to the movies to see something you’ve never seen before. You want to get different people out there with different voices. So you see awesome huge spectacle or just a small unbelievable story you’ve never seen before. You go to the movies to be transported. That’s the responsibility of filmmakers and the people that hire the filmmakers — to try and find new dreams we can all share together.”

Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming begins his theater release on July 7.


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