Zack Sndyer says he banned chairs on set during filming
You might have heard, Christopher Nolan banned chairs from his set “Inception” and “Tenet”, but then it proves to be false by Nolan’s representative. However, Zack Snyder liked the idea and banned chairs from the set of his Netflix zombie epic “Army of the Dead.” For which he has to face a lot of criticism.
In the press conference for his new zombie blockbuster Army of the Dead, Snyder revealed that he had certain rules on set to ensure that filming of the Netflix production went according to his vision. Zack Snyder doesn’t allow chairs and banned chairs from the set.
“There’s no sitting down,” he explained. “Like, I banned chairs from the set. But the nice thing is, it’s really intimate. I can just talk to the actors right there, I’m not back in a monitor across the room. It was definitely the most purely engaged I’ve been making a movie.”
Snyder even said that those fancy director chairs usually scattered around a movie set for anyone to sit in were nowhere to be found.
Zack was not only directed and co-wrote “Army of the Dead,” but he also served as the film’s cinematographer (Basically as a cameraman)
Some people took it otherwise and dropped the Twitter bomb on Zack Snyder for his decision to ban the chair on the sets.
Yeah, banning chairs on set is stupid.— Michael Nachoff (@Michael_Nachoff) May 20, 2021
That’s a narcassistic director who wants his crew standing at attention for his every command.
The thing that a lot of creatives in this industry need to realize is that you’re getting to live your dream and create your art… but most of the other people on your set are just doing a job. So don’t be an asshole to your employees. https://t.co/oqbaWbYjfm— Natty Moher (@thenattymoher) May 20, 2021
Even famous Screenwriter like Brian Lynch takes a dig on Zack Snyder chair banning policy.
Unlike Zack Snyder my sets are ALL CHAIRS— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) May 21, 2021
Actors on the Army of Dead set Clarifies
In an Interview with the insider, “Army of the Dead” star Ana de la Reguera, who plays the mercenary member Maria Cruz in the movie, asked about Snyder’s chair “ban,”
“There were chairs. They were just really far away from set,” she said.
However, she says that working in “Army Of Dead” was different from any Hollywood movie she’d been in because they were constantly working.
“It wasn’t like you would go and sit at a table for lunch. We were just there filming, and while we’re having breaks, they would come and bring us food to eat right on set,” Reguera said.
“And we got to sit down. But it wasn’t like a typical big movie, where you sit for a while as they set up shots,” she added. “You would sit next to a zombie or sit in a car, you would find a place to sit.”
Here’s what an “Army of Dead” Background actor has to say about.
In some of the picture and video, you can also see the cast of Army of Dead comfortably sitting on a chair and chatting. It wasn’t like that there wasn’t any chair present on the sets.
The lies pic.twitter.com/ljHdAzypRl— All Things Zack Snyder (@AllThingsSnyder) May 19, 2021
In 2020, a report claimed that Christopher Nolan had banned chairs on the sets of Inception and Tenet, after Anne Hathaway, who worked with Nolan on Interstellar and The Dark Knight Rises, mentioned the absence of seating on his sets.
“Zack Snyder doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working,” said Hathaway.
However, a representative for Nolan subsequently denied the claims. “For the record, the only things banned from sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully),” said the spokesperson. The chairs Anne was referring to are the director’s chairs clustered around the video monitor. Cast and crew can sit wherever and whenever they need and frequently do, he added.
“Army of the Dead” cast includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Matthias Schweighofer, Raul Castillo, Nora Arnezeder and Samantha Win and now streaming on Netflix.