Doc watches Michael Giacchino’s MCU debut
Just before Halloween, Michael Giacchino took the Marvel Cinematic Universe by storm with its hair-raising fun and refreshing new take on the superhero franchise. night werewolf was met praise from audiences and critics who praised his off-the-beaten-path and distinctly human approach to Jack Russell (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Elsa Bloodstone (Laura Connelly), and night director follows a similar path in breaking the mold and going beyond the expected making-of documentary.
The first one Marvel Studios: Assembled launching in 2021 after the finale of Marvel Studio’s first Disney+ series Wanda Vision, and each new series that followed was accompanied by brilliant behind-the-scenes specials that provided deeper insight into all aspects of the production. Instead of following this familiar format, Giacchino’s brother Anthony, who happens to be a documentary filmmaker, was brought onto the set of night werewolf to document his brother’s MCU directorial debut. Even still, night director is far from what audiences expect from an on-set documentary, because it’s not just a glimpse behind the film’s curtain, it’s a deeply personal look at Giacchino’s life and the people who made him helped transform him from an amateur filmmaker to an award-winning composer and ultimately a director for one of the biggest studios in the world.
night director opens at an unconventional point in the filmmaking process – it begins early in Giacchino’s New Jersey life at his childhood home, which would eventually become his very first soundstage. Anthony meets their mother Josephine Giacchino to browse the dozens of boxes filled with cassettes and 8 mm tapes, containing everything Michael produced as a child. The two brothers, it seems, had a keen eye for capturing every life event (both monumental and mundane) and those childhood passions set them on the path to who they are today. .
Unlike previous specials, this documentary contains very little behind-the-scenes footage from the production of night werewolf. Sure, there are a handful of great moments with Bernal and Connelly, and some endearing clips of Giacchino living out every monster lover’s dream in the creature shop, but what makes this documentary so unique is how lovingly Anthony addressed his brother’s passion and how his making teen movies directly influenced his first Marvel feature film.
In many ways, Anthony’s documentary also feels like a loving tribute to all the budding filmmakers who have turned their kitchens into scenes of fictional tragedy and learned how to manipulate footage to make it look like an epic gunfight set in their bucolic. suburban cul-de-sac. Giacchino’s origin story deviates from the typical Hollywood story. He went to school for film, while studying music at Julliard for fun, and it was his musical talent that landed him a job working on video games for Steven Spielberg projects, then compose for A.k.a and Lost. From there, his star continued to rise as he began composing for massive films like Spider Man, Upside downand star trek– who put it in front of the right people, including the clandestine conversation he had with Kevin Feige.
Beyond the serendipity of showing audiences the nearly identical shots of Giacchino’s teenage archival footage that ended up becoming pivotal moments in night werewolf, Anthony’s documentary does a great job of taking viewers to the set and showing how incredibly normal it is. Instead of sticking around to see Bernal and Donnelly perform, Anthony goes in search of the soundstage’s bell system, as he’s curious about the differences between the different bell sounds for cut, repeat, and rolling cameras. He’s not obsessed with the broad, glamorous elements of cinema; he sees the beauty in the details and seems to focus on bringing a certain realism to his presentation. For anyone who might be a few years away from the 16-hour workdays on film sets, you might even feel a twinge of nostalgia watching night director.
by Anthony Giacchino night director is the ideal companion of Michael Giacchino night werewolf because both show what the MCU is capable of when it lets creatives take control and bring their own particular visions and styles to life. The documentary isn’t about the making of the film, but about the making of the filmmaker, which is a much more compelling story to pair with one of the best projects Marvel has released in recent memory. night werewolf already felt like a love letter to fans who treasured Marvel’s quirky monsters, and night director confirms that Giacchino’s vision for his corner of the MCU is one of weird kids who carried cameras everywhere they went and found solace in allegories about monsters and men.
night director is now available to stream on Disney+.