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  • I’m Olivia Wilde, director ofBooksmart.”

  • So at this moment in the film, the girls

  • have just reached the party, and it’s sort of like Dorothy

  • arriving in Oz.

  • They come through the doors.

  • Theyre finally here.

  • Molly, played by Beanie Feldstein,

  • spots Nick, played by Mason Gooding.

  • Everyone else seems to disappear.

  • And what follows is a fantasy that

  • reveals that Molly has been the most romantic person

  • in the room this entire film.

  • The most interesting way to use

  • the language of filmmaking is to illustrate,

  • cinematically, something emotional about a character

  • that we can’t see on the surface,

  • that we can’t explain with words.

  • And I wanted to pay homage to the great films of the 1940s

  • and '50s in Hollywood that use dance.

  • In order to achieve it, it took an incredible amount

  • of collaboration between all departments.

  • Our Steadicam operator, Chris Haarhoff,

  • who had shotBirdman,” so I knew

  • he could handle long, extended Steadicam shots,

  • shot this in one shot that would take us

  • through the entire house.

  • It was very difficult.

  • There was also the added complication

  • of the lighting design being cued

  • by the actors' choreography.

  • It was an effort on behalf of the entire crew together,

  • and no one more than the actors

  • themselves, who learned this intense choreography designed

  • by Denna Thomsen.

  • And Mason Gooding had never danced before in his life.

  • And when they nailed it, everybody

  • erupted into applause, and there

  • were tears, tears, tears.

  • You good?

  • Yeah.

I’m Olivia Wilde, director ofBooksmart.”

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