But even before you had a kids, they were sort of the center of your movies, for example in Mud, Take Shelter, and even Shotgun Stories.
Well in my first film [Shotgun Stories], it was my brothers, because at that age, when I wrote it at 24, you know the most dear relationship in my life, other than my parents, was my brothers, and so I just kind of imagined if something happened to my brothers, and I exploited that in Shotgun Stories, and with Take Shelter, even though there’s a child in it, that movie’s really about marriage, because I was on the frontside of marriage, I’d just been married, and my wife was about to have a baby. And so there are all the anxieties of becoming a provider and a husband, and everything else. And Mud, that was me as a child.
Obviously there are lot of similarities in this movie, what are the main differences, besides obviously the big studio backing?
I actively tried to pace this movie differently. I don't follow a typical narrative trajectory, what’s different to me is cross-cutting action, in Mud it was always from the boy’s point of view, that was really important to me and informed my directing style. In [Special] I knew i wanted it to be a chase film so I knew I would be bouncing back and forth between these different parties that are involved in this journey, and also within the scenes themselves, there are shifting POVs. It was really interesting to me to play with POV in the scene, so you’re never sure what the characters are doing.