Darren Aronofsky On Connecting NOAH To Modern Audiences And Cinematography

Darren Aronofsky On Connecting NOAH To Modern Audiences And Cinematography

Noah director Darren Aronofsky discusses his anticipated Biblical epic, commenting on re-teaming with cinematographer Matthew Libatique and praising his work on the film. He also talks about how the story can connect to modern audiences.

Speaking with The Playlist, Academy Award nominated director Darren Aronofsky discusses his next project, the Biblical epic Noah which is also based on the Black Swan helmer's graphic novel of the same name. Aronofsky offers some details on his re-collaboration with cinematographer Matthew Libatique (who he previously worked with on The Wrestler), praising his work on the movie and his "incredible technical abilities". He also discusses how he believe modern audiences can connect to the classic story of Noah's Ark in this new film. For his full interview with The Playlist, click the source link below.

"On “Noah”, he just had incredible technical abilities, and the type of things we pulled off -- I think there’s very few people on the planet that could have done what he can do," Aronofsky says. "There were nights when we had six huge cranes -- the type you build skyrises with -- holding up giant rigs of lights and rain rigs and the complication and sophistication of the equipment is just so technically difficult that very few people could have done that. So there are those skills, but he also has the tenderness and sensitivity to look at a performance and see how he can help it."

"I haven’t really started to talk about the film yet because I only finished filming two weeks ago, so I really don’t know yet what’s going on and what it’s about," he says concerning how modern audiences can connect to the film. "In the Bible, the story is only a couple of pages, and the perception we have of it in the West is more as a children’s toy -- an old man with a long beard and animals two by two on the boat. And there’s so much more to the story than that…there’s a lot of clues there about what the story means. So it was about trying to create a world where the story of Noah could be truthful and could take place, and make it something that could connect to a modern audience. There’s a lot of ideas in that story that actually are very, very relevant to what’s going on right now, so we tried to create a story that would ring true to people both that believe that it really happened and to those who think it’s a story."

Noah stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The film is set to hit theaters March 28th, 2014.

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Nick56 - 12/11/2012, 2:03 PM
0 interest in this
GodzillaKart - 12/11/2012, 2:07 PM
I haven't read the comic, but the choice to make this movie confuses me.

I'm all for ancient mythology/fantasy with a message, but I never found Noah's arc all that compelling. Not sure why I should care.
GodzillaKart - 12/11/2012, 2:16 PM
@Overfiend: I never saw "Passion of Christ", mainly because it was described to me as torture porn. Any good?
TheLokey1 - 12/11/2012, 2:33 PM
Yeah he's aiming for passion of the Christ money, and he will probably get it. @ overfiend I wouldn't recommend watching it, it's very hard to sit through as it is disgustingly overly violent. I can't say that their are no redeeming qualities to the movie though as their are some interesting shots and good cinematography but ultimately it's still a movie about a guy who is being tortured to death.
TheLokey1 - 12/11/2012, 2:37 PM
Sorry that was supposed to be @ Godzillafart
PapaEmeritus - 12/11/2012, 4:13 PM
@Godzilla, pay no mind to what other people, or critics, say about it. The Passion of the Christ is a great movie, beautifully filmed. If you want to watch it, just go on and watch it. Then you'll can judge it by yourself.

About Noah, man there is A LOT of stuff about it in the biblical apocrypha that could turn into a great movie, great story! I expect that Aronofsky is using it, besides the graphic novel.
Super12 - 12/11/2012, 4:18 PM
Yeah it will be very interesting to see his take on this. There would have to be an awful lot of 'in between the lines' reading that can be done but I agree that there's more than enough material in Genesis that can be used to flesh out the story.

However, Christians (such as myself) are going to have to go into it recognizing its probably not gonna be a straight from the page to the screen interpretation. I'm just really curious how he's gonna do it.

Very excited for this. Russel Crowe is always awesome.
Super12 - 12/11/2012, 4:21 PM
Also, the whole point of Passion of the Christ was to emphasize the pain/brutality of the crucifixion. It was meant for shock value, so compared to other movies yeah it can be a bit much. But compared to reality its pretty dang accurate, which was what Gibson was trying to go for. Definitely worth watching.
soms - 12/11/2012, 4:29 PM
I doubt this will be any kind of Christian version of the story, given that Darren Aronofsky is Jewish, as are one of the screenwriters, and Logan Lerman.

It's no Mel Gibsons!
GodzillaKart - 12/11/2012, 4:54 PM
@soms: But the Noah story is Old Testament, so the Jewish faith includes it, no?

I'm just curious what the approach of this movie is. It doesn't seem like a "pushing the faith" kinda show.

As an agnostic who leans atheistic, should I care about this?
Luminus - 12/11/2012, 5:55 PM
"So it was about trying to create a world where the story of Noah could be truthful and could take place, and make it something that could connect to a modern audience."


Wait, wait.... Bwahahahaha!
PaulRom - 12/11/2012, 6:50 PM
Yeah, Passion Of The Christ is hard to recommend. Very well made overall, but it's so brutally violent that it could easily turn others off. Easily one of the most violent films I've ever seen, if not the most.

And yes, there's a lot about the Noah's Ark story that's usually ignored. Most people focus on the fact that he brought two animals of each kind onto a giant boat to survive a global flood, and that it rained for 40 days all over the Earth. However, what's usually forgotten is the reason for the flood in the first place. God saw that everybody on the Earth (other than Noah and his family) was against Him, even to the point where He regretted creating mankind in the first place. But He decided to give humanity another chance by sparing Noah and his family from the flood.
JCortez7 - 12/11/2012, 7:10 PM

Looking forward to this, hopefully it graps the majority of the biblical concept its meant to have. Passion of Christ did an overall good job, not perfect but good.
GodzillaKart - 12/11/2012, 7:10 PM
So...again. I love good fictional stories where metaphor becomes inspirational or relevant tales for real life. And I love a good yarn. Who has read the graphic novel? Is this going to be worth while?
antbwan - 12/11/2012, 8:01 PM
As an African-American, I hope trhey focus on "The Curse of Ham" part of Noah's story, where Ham looks at a drunken Noah and Noah finds out and ask God to curse Ham and his children to become black and be slaves, this story was taken out of the bible in early 1900's
gmckoy - 12/11/2012, 8:04 PM
definitely on my must see list... aronofsky is a great director
Luminus - 12/11/2012, 8:12 PM
@SuspenseSmith: Was that directed at me? Who said I was an atheist? Zeus is god, so the story is ridiculous. And I think anyone who doesn't believe in my god, or ridicules me for believing in Zeus is just plain rude and throwing low blows.

Anyway, I had a good laugh. I'll see the movie, though. Should be entertaining. I saw the Passion of Christ and was entertained.
gmckoy - 12/11/2012, 8:18 PM

never heard of that, ham was blessed, canaan his son was cursed instead, since god had already blessed ham, that was not possible for noah to curse ham...

canaan was the only cursed son of ham, the rest were not cursed, so aronofsky would be best suited to leave that out unless he is well researched, and it doesnt relate to african americans, the land of canaan extends from lebanon to egypt and in any sense, from the dna haplogroup testeing, everyone descends from africa, so really what you are saying is nonsense, because ham's other son's were not cursed
antbwan - 12/11/2012, 8:25 PM
@gmckoy actually it's the Curse Of Ham,for some reason they called it Cursed of Canaan,but Canaan...Kush aka Africa and their siblings was looked as slaves with dark complexion in the King James early versions
antbwan - 12/11/2012, 8:27 PM
And thats why they called "The Curse of Ham", look it up
Luminus - 12/11/2012, 9:02 PM
Why is this even here? Is this a comicbook movie site or not?
gmckoy - 12/11/2012, 9:04 PM

read brother, don't listen to others, read for yourself, you are not making sense at all..


dark skin is the root of all mankind, as scientists have proven, through haplogroup testing and other research, read for yourselves http://phys.org/news97857326.html

i agree with ekekiel but genesis states differently, hence the contradiction of the curse and many parts of the good book ;)
antbwan - 12/11/2012, 9:07 PM
Im not saying it's true, i'm an Atheist...i don't believe in Genesis stuff in the bible at all,but that was in the bible for centuries
Seejay - 12/12/2012, 4:11 AM
@SuspenseSmith - 12/11/2012, 8:56 PM

We are all from Africa, then spread across the earth to genetically adapt to different environments.

Light skin as to better harness ultraviolet radiation from the sun and produce vitamin d. Shorter stature at the poles to reduce heat dispersion. Etc.


PaulRom - 12/12/2012, 4:25 AM
@Luminus: Read the first sentence in the article.
NorrinRaddical - 12/12/2012, 9:34 AM
I highly doubt, "source material" aside, that this will be a film that pushes a religious doctrine. A commenter noted the Fountain dealt with elements of faith but it was used in such broad strokes you could hardly get angry about it.

god help me, I generally like Mel Gibson films, but I thought Passion was an [ambitious] failure. At times I thought I was watching "Rob Zombie's Passion of the Christ", and other times I thought I was watching a music video for Tool and laughed out loud. Otherwise I give him a ton of credit for filming a foreign language period piece that accurately portrayed the viciousness of the crucifixion like nowhere else.

I think if you're already a follower, the violence moved you, but I don't see how it could possibly strengthen your faith any more. It seemed exploitative in that regard. I think if you really want an appreciation for what the Christ figure sacrificed, consider Scorsese's "Last Temptation" where he gives up a life of normalcy.

On a final note, maintaining this will not be a religious film, it will be curious if Aronofsky makes a statement of any kind, either regarding a world full of sin that needs to be cleansed, or asking people how they feel about the [Old Testament's} version of God who is a vengeful murderer who demands complete and utter reverence and obedience.

For instance, would anyone really think things like Katrina, tsunamis world wide, et al, are divine warnings? Or are they just bad things that happen in life? And for further musings on that subject, I sheepishly submit the Cohen brothers' "A Simple Man" for your consideration.
NorrinRaddical - 12/12/2012, 9:35 AM
"A Serious Man"

Luminus - 12/12/2012, 2:25 PM
@PaulRom: Oh, yeah. I forgot "graphic novel" is just a bougie phrase for comic book. Kind of like "naked floor technician" is for stripper.
AUSSYACE - 12/14/2012, 10:11 PM

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