Tiff: When Shailene Woodley Couldn’t Stop Crying, Drake Doremus Pivoted Production On ‘Endings, Beginnings’

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Tiff: When Shailene Woodley Couldn’t Stop Crying, Drake Doremus Pivoted Production On ‘Endings, Beginnings’
With only an 80-page outline to guide them, there were a lot of blanks to fill when “Endings, Beginnings” director Drake Doremus hired Shailene Woodley to star in the film just two weeks before shooting began. In between casting and shooting, however, Doremus, Woodley, and co-star Sebastian Stan made a two-day road trip up the California coast to the film’s Bir Sur location, swapping life philosophies along the way.

“We ended up driving for five-and-a-half hours and the amount of inside jokes and the vulnerability that came from that drive alone really drove our characters forward,” Woodley said at an “Endings, Beginnings” panel discussion the day after the film’s Toronto International Film Festival premiere. “The first day of filming, we had to be very vulnerable with one another, intimate with one another … I felt like all of us were riding on the same frequency.”

The film chronicles Woodley
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