Written by: Michael Clouse
The Peanut Butter Falcon writing and director duo Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz are serious about their film. Serious enough to travel the country to sneak into movies to make sure theaters are playing their movie at the right audio level.
“I snuck in [in San Francisco] and I’m not, I’m not in the movie. No one knows what I look like, so I was super under the radar for the first three minutes,” revealed Schwartz, when talking with Ryan Nilsen on Popcorn Talk Network’s iTalk Movies.
Turns out, the movie Schwartz attended was playing too low.
“I had to go out and find the projectionist and say like, ‘hey, it matters that this plays at a, at a proper level so the sound washes over you,'” shared Schwartz.
The Peanut Butter Falcon has received rave reviews since opening in 50 theaters recently. The movie, which stars Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Zack Gotsagen, follows Zak (Gotsagen) as he escapes a care home in his quest to become a wrestler.
The making of the movie is equally as amazing as the film itself, as Schwarts and Nilson were homeless when they write the script. Thus, it makes sense they want the film to be showed properly.
Not surprisingly, the workers at the theater in San Francisco were blown away when Schwartz approached them.
“They were just like, ‘you’re the writer-director?’ And I was like, ‘well, one of them,'” said Schwartz. “‘My other partner’s here in Austin doing the same thing, making sure they’re playing it loud enough there.'”
And Schwartz wasn’t kidding!
“I legit went to every single theater in Austin, Texas,” chimed in Nilson, “talked to the projectionist and was like, ‘what are you playing it at?’ And they were like, ‘we play it at 5.5.’ And I was, ‘take me back to your projectionist booth. You’re turning it up to 7 right now.'”
Neither Schwartz or Nilson are trying to be mean in their critique. They just know what is the perfect viewing for fans.
“We’re lunatics,” laughed Schwartz. “We’re lunatics for the details, and that’s how you get a movie made. You have to be a lunatic on everything.”
The Peanut Butter Falcon has a much wider release this coming weekend, opening in 1,000 theaters nationwide.
For the full interview with Schwatz and Nilson, click the link above!