Based on Amanda Chicago Lewis’ 2014 Rolling Stone article “Pam and Tommy: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Sex Tape,” the miniseries focuses on the privately recorded video during the couple’s honeymoon that left their world in disarray. brought.
Filmmaker Lake Bell, who directed the 4th and 7th installments of the miniseries, spoke with IANS about translating her distinctive vision into the overarching story, getting a critical shot with limited shots, and how working in biographical drama her skills as a storyteller improves.
The filmmaker begins by sharing how she aligned her storytelling sensibilities with the overall narrative of the series: “Since Episode 4 is my very first episode and it has a tone shift in terms of what the viewers are focusing on. I think it’s kind of an organic balance to take this over with my own cinematic point of view file that also sticks to the beautiful cinematic language it’s already established.”
Lake Bell was very clear in her mind regarding the installation of the story and her focal point: “The focal point for me is Pam (Pamela) in episodes 4 and 5 and the idea of paranoia and feeling like being inside a fish swimming pool, you feel Pam and Tommy are exhibited as if they are specimens as if they are part of a science experiment.
Lake Bell calls the infamous sex tape the first viral video back in the days when the internet wasn’t even that big of a monster: “In a way, that was the first ‘viral’ video, nobody even knew what that meant.” I loved playing with a cylindrical wrapper around Tommy with a whirlwind of energy that felt unruly and unhinged.”
The last scene of the 4th episode where Lily, who plays Pamela, smashes the windshield is a story in itself. From Covid restrictions, logistical restrictions to the weather in those days, the team has fought a lot. Talking about how she sailed through the tough times on set, the director said: “It was the only thing I worked on during the pandemic and I was grateful to be able to work and be around the camaraderie that came with making a movie or TV show.”
“But the restrictions were very difficult because it wasn’t just about the temperature being around one hundred or one hundred and ten degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the covid restrictions were very strict and they were shut down all the time. So I think everyone was dealing with stress and the heat along with the limitations of the pandemic,” added Lake Bell.
The scene in question was accomplished in just two takes, revealing how she managed to pull the shots on such a tightrope, Lake said: “For the windshield, we only had two replacements. I also couldn’t look in certain directions due to Plus, because of covid, we couldn’t shoot in certain ways we wanted to, so this scene was pushed back many weeks after my shooting dates due to the covid-19 shutdown.
She also shared the order she gave Lily for the scene: “Lily was extraordinary and I just told her you’re looking to wreck this car, so go for it and this could be the combination of the frustration and anger and anger and you can express it on this windshield. So it got pretty cathartic, probably Lily and for her embodiment of Pam.”
When asked how biographical drama contributes to her wealth of skills, the director replied: “If you are telling a biographical story or any kind of documentary series, you have a responsibility to make sure you portray characters in a light that is honest and respectful and generous.”
“In addition, telling the story needs some ambiguity about who the villain and the hero are. But in this series, it’s clear that the bad guys are not just males, but society in general and how social we see the female form and what we consider viable,” concluded Lake Bell.
“Pam & Tommy” is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
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