T Takes

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T Takes
T Takes.jpg
T Takes title screen
Format Drama
Created by Brody Baker
Starring Josh Hartnett
Josh Lucas
Michael Pitt
Lukas Haas
Theme music composer Trailer
Band of Horses
Episode 12
Bad Brains
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s) Jefferson Bjoraker
Tom Poole
Producer(s) Shelly Zander
Brody Baker
Running time 39 minutes
Production company(s) KnowMore Productions
Broadcast
Original channel The New York Times T Style Magazine
Original run March 17, 2008 (2008-03-17)
April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)

T Takes is a 2008 Internet-exclusive 12-part series of two- to three-minutes episodic film series, each episode starring a different actor improvising for the camera. Shot during the 2008 Sundance International Film Festival by the emerging New York writer and director Brody Baker and produced by KnowMore Productions exclusively for The New York Times T Style Magazine web site, these 12 short films were conceived to be viewed sequentially and feature performances by Hollywood’s bright young things, including Josh Hartnett, Josh Lucas, Michael Pitt and Lukas Haas.[1]

T Takes is followed by T Takes: Brooklyn ‘09.

Production[edit]

T Takes director Brody Baker's inspiration for this series of short films came from his personal experience at the motel where the series was shot, the Viking Lodge in Heber City. Baker and his crew traveled to Utah two days before the 2008 Sundance International Film Festival started on behalf of The New York Times T Style Magazine with the goal of enlisting mainstream and indie film actors to take a break from the screenings and the slopes in Park City, Utah, to improvise a series of linked, episodic short films. They scouted the Viking Lodge their first day in Utah. A few nights before and during the shoot, Baker stayed there to write. The motel was always very, very quiet, eerily quiet. The placidity of the silence of the Utah mountains gave the New Yorker Baker anxiety. While he was at the motel, he always felt like he was waiting for something he could not define. The anticipation Baker felt influenced the narration and tone of the shorts. Baker was also influenced by Robert Plutchik’s study of the "eight primary emotions" - sadness, anger, fear, disgust, curiosity, joy, surprise and acceptance - and used this study for reference. The lensing of T Takes lasted about six or seven shooting days. At the most four shorts were shot in a day, sometimes one a day. Baker and his crew generally had an hour at most with each actor. The actors were never on set at the same time. Baker wrote script outlines for each short prior to shooting. He wanted the process to be an equal collaboration between the actor and him. "When each actor arrived to the set, we would talk about my ideas and go from there, back and forth until we started shooting. As they improvised they might change something from what we originally spoke about and then lead the story in a different direction. It was basically like a relay race. I give them the baton, tell them where to run, then they’d hand it back and tell me where to run." [2]

Series[edit]

  • Episode 1 - T Takes: Lobby
    • starring: Josh Hartnett as Josh, the unexpected guest
    • release date: March 17, 2008
    • running time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Episode 2 - T Takes: Room 111
    • starring: Morena Baccarin as the guest in room 111
    • release date: March 18, 2008
    • running time: 4 min. 04 sec.
  • Episode 3 - T Takes: Room 128
    • starring: Andre Royo as the guest in room 128
    • release date: March 19, 2008
    • running time: 3 min. 02 sec.
  • Episode 4 - T Takes: Room 225
    • starring: Brady Corbet as the son of the guest in room 225
    • release date: March 20, 2008
    • running time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Episode 5 - T Takes: Room 102
    • starring: Michael Stahl-David as the guest in room 102
    • release date: March 21, 2008
    • running time: 2 min.26 sec.
  • Episode 6 - T Takes: Room 117
    • starring: Saffron Burrows as the guest in room 117
    • release date: March 24, 2008
    • running time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Episode 7 - T Takes: Room 108
    • starring: Lukas Haas as the guest in room 108
    • release date: March 25, 2008
    • running time: 4 min. 02 sec.
  • Episode 8 - T Takes: Room 207
    • starring: Mark Webber as the guest in room 207
    • release date: March 26, 2008
    • running time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Episode 9 - T Takes: Room 23
    • starring: Jason Ritter as the guest in room 23
    • release date: March 27, 2008
    • running time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Episode 10 - T Takes: Room 115
    • starring: Josh Lucas as the guest in room 115
    • release date: March 28, 2008
    • running time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Episode 11 - T Takes: Room 113
    • starring: Michael Pitt as the guest in room 113
    • release date: March 31, 2008
    • running time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Episode 12 - T Takes: Room 107
    • starring: Athena Currey as the guest in room 107
    • release date: April 1, 2008
    • running time: 2 min. 32 sec.

Release[edit]

The New York Times T Style Magazine web site launched the first episode in T Takes online on March 17, 2008.[3] In the official press release, Stefano Tonchi, editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine said "The T Magazine Web site is now the destination to discover fantastic original video - the kind of short films you cannot find anywhere else, on or off line...T Takes, by the talented Brody Baker, reflects what the T community online is all about: discovering what is new and hot in stylized online storytelling." Horacio Silva, the features director and online director of T magazine, further added "Just as the print version of T [magazine] has always had an unconventional relationship with the world of celebrity, we wanted to give our readers a fresh perspective on the new generation of film stars, and Brody [Baker] has truly accomplished that with the T Takes series ... Since the online launch of T [magazine] last fall, we have been experimenting with new ways to give our users interesting perspectives through video interviews and short films, and we will continue to bring our audience original features such as this series." [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'T Takes' by Indie Filmmaker Brody Baker Debuts on The New York Times T Style Magazine Web Site". The New York Times Company. March 17, 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Catching Up With Brody Baker, ‘T Takes’ Director". T Magazine (Jonathan S. Paul). April 3, 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Now Screening : Josh Hartnett in ‘T Takes’ Episode 1". T Magazine (Adam Kepler). March 17, 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 

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