Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillmero Del Toro has made a name for himself creating award-winning films like “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Shape of Water.” Del Toro was in the middle of shooting his next movie “Nightmare Alley” when the coronavirus shut down production. So what’s Del Toro doing now? Staying at home like the rest of us.
Even during a time when all seems hopeless and we’re stuck at home, Del Toro says it's storytelling that’s helping us through the pandemic. He’s been rewatching movies and binging whatever’s on streaming. Post-coronavirus, storytelling might look a little different. Studios and creatives will have to accommodate their production visions to provide a safe and healthy working environment for staff and crew. The pandemic has turned the world upside down, and that’s a collective experience we all share that could shape the stories audiences want to see. But Del Toro says the pandemic will not hinder creativity and he’s excited to see what stories will we be able to see on the big screen in a post-coronavirus world. John Horn spoke with filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro for the LAist podcast “Hollywood, The Sequel” about how the pandemic has changed the film industry.
Today on FilmWeek, we preview their conversation discussing how storytelling might change after the pandemic, creating a safe production environment, and what Del Toro misses about life before the virus.
With contributions from John Horn
Guillermo Del Toro, Oscar-winning director, writer and producer whose filmography includes “Pan's Labyrinth” and “The Shape of Water”