then there is also the gravitas of casting. It’s a huge factor, something that will make or break the film. Murro is aware of this, as he is of the added dimension of celebrity. In this case, it’s the luminously beautiful Eva Green, a deity who hangs tantalisingly above the real. After all, it’s a truism that it’s difficult for a film to be celebrated without its actors being recognised…
Noam Murro was born and raised in Israel, receiving a degree in architecture from Bezalel Academy before heading to America. He commenced work as an art director before taking on the role of associate creative director at now-defunct Goldsmith Jeffrey. After a three-year tenure, Murro started directing and has never looked back… On the cusp of directing 300: Battle of Artemisia, the hotly anticipated follow up to Zack Snyder’s revolutionary 300, Murro took time to sit down with Simon Wakelin and unravel thoughts on the role of directing, the mission of Biscuit and the challenge of making an iconic Hollywood movie…
It’s early in the morning but Biscuit Filmworks is abuzz with action. Stunning actress Eva Green, better known as Bond girl Vesper Lynd, has just swept out of the company’s doors after meeting with Noam Murro to discuss her role as Artemisia in his upcoming feature 300: Battle of Artemisia. There’s a certain weight that comes with directing the sequel to Zack Snyder’s glossy gore-fest 300, one that audiences worldwide loved to the tune of more than $450 million.
After five years the pieces are finally falling into place, with Murro at the helm to direct. “Nobody wants to exploit the original film’s success; everybody, including the studio, has waited patiently to make something worthy of the original,” outlines Murro.
There is also the gravitas of casting. It’s a huge factor, something that will make or break the film. Murro is aware of this, as he is of the added dimension of celebrity. In this case, it’s the luminously beautiful Green, a deity who hangs tantalisingly above the real. After all, it’s a truism that it’s difficult for a film to be celebrated without its actors being recognised:
“When you take someone who is known, a beautiful face that is recognised, there is a certain weight to the casting that has an added dimension,” he says of the imperviously iconic Green. “I can say that if you cast correctly then 85 per cent of the things are done. It’s everything. You mess up on casting then no lighting effect, no DP will ever make that better, my friend!”
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