One of the amazing opportunities during the Pirates Life Event was the chance to talk to Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg! They had so much to share with us from how they met to how they work together, plus the inside scoop on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Did you know that the original villain was thought to be English, but then Javier Bardem came on board (no pun intended) creating Captain Salazar? Or that Johnny Depp’s youthful appearance is courtesy of some very special special effects? There were even more fun surprises to learn about this directing team and how they work. Here are a few highlights from the interview.
Q. How does working as a team work for you?
Joachim Ronning: ” We only work every other day.”
Espen Sandberg: “It’s very easy for everyone.”
Joachim Ronning: ” You know we don’t really know any other way of doing this then being together. For us, it’s a very natural process. And I think it’s a collaborative one. We include like the actors and the crew and everyone as part of the discussion basically. And we try to create a safe work environment as you could say.
You know where every day is welcome and we can, everybody can be a part of the discussion. And that’s important to us. I think that’s like probably one of the strong advantages that we have as a directing team.”
Q . What was it like working with Johnny Depp? And what was the chemistry like on set?
Espen Sandberg: “Oh, it’s amazing. He’s so funny. And I mean, what you see with Jack Sparrow is, it’s all Johnny. And he’s a genius. I mean for us he’s like up there with Chaplin and the other ones because his timing is just perfect and he has such a weird imagination. So he comes up with the craziest ideas. And for us, the highlight was always going into his trailer in the morning and going through the scenes and the lines and trying to come up with even more cool stuff to do to make it even more funny. And of course when we started shooting he would do something completely different. And everyone was sort of thrown off but that also makes it come alive and funny.”
Q . What are you hoping people walk away with from the film?
Joachim Ronning: “I think that you know for us again it’s something that was very important for us that we touch upon a little bit was the emotional core of the story and the kind of family theme that the film has. And that’s I guess you know a treasure is not always you know a chest of gold. You know, it could be other things.”
Espen Sandberg: “Even for a pirate.”
Joachim Ronning: “Even for a pirate. And I think that it was something we really fought hard to do because I really inspired by the first movie I think in the series that had that a lot, had a big heart. And then of course you have the adventure and you have the scares and you have the comedy you know. But yeah, I hope that the audience will moved by it as well.”
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Fun Facts about Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning
- Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg started making movies together when they were 10. They met through break dancing. Then Espen’s father bought a video camera. That was the beginning of being a film maker. “We grew up, you know we were very influenced by Hollywood adventure family movies, you know movies that inspired us to become filmmakers in the first place.” “Pirates reminds us of that. It’s very much you know that fun movies that gives you energy and you know we both have kids. It was a big part of it to make something that we saw ourselves in when we were kids and to make something for our kids.”
- Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are “super fans” of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. “We chased it. We really wanted to make this movie. It has that unique blend of spectacle and humor and scary parts and also a lot of heart.”
- Pirates is “A dream come true.” and “And it’s so much bigger than us. It’s such a global phenomenon and it’s because they love the universe. They love the characters. And for us to be a part of that and keep that story going is really cool.”
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