night director is the latest in Marvel’s new tradition of releasing behind-the-scenes specials of their new Assembled docuseries. The latest is the making of their first Marvel special presentation, night werewolf, which was the directorial debut of beloved composer Michael Giacchino. While the Assembled promotions have been fun and enjoyable, this one is different for the better. There’s a very personal touch to this one as the documentary was filmed and directed by Michael’s brother, Anthony Giacchino.
Night Director Review
night werewolf is one of the best Marvel projects to date, and you can clearly see why after watching this documentary. Michael Giacchino has such a love of cinema with music; Directing has always been a passion for him since his high school days. It makes perfect sense that when Kevin Feige asked him if he wanted to direct anything for the MCU, he jumped at the chance. He’s like a kid in a candy store on set, wanting to be involved in the whole process. This care and attention to detail translates beautifully into night werewolf; it’s a love letter to classic 1930s horror films with as many practical effects/costumes as possible.
We also learn how Michael and Anthony grew up in Edgewater Park, NJ and how their love of movies began. Their parents were incredibly supportive and let them express their creativity as much as possible. As a parent, it’s nice to see other people letting their kids pursue their passions. There is also the brother aspect that I can relate to; Anthony understands how important it is for Michael to direct his first feature film. He wants to be there every step of the way to support his brother and show the world how even more talented he is than we already knew.
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One of my favorite parts of the documentary is when Michael and Anthony both return to Edgewater Park and reunite with their old friends from high school. They all shared a love of cinema and made countless films together, with effects and all. It reminded me of when I was hanging out with my high school friends; the connection they have is instantaneous and they travel down memory lane as they explore their old school and reminisce about their filmmaking days.
All in all, it’s a wonderful documentary that highlights both Michael and Anthony’s gifts for filmmaking, as well as the brilliant night werewolf. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you watch it followed by night director as well. I hope Michael gets the opportunity to direct more, whether in the MCU or outside of it; it’s nice to see really talented and kind people get the recognition they really deserve.
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