Dan in Real Life stars Steve Carell as advice columnist Dan Burns, an expert on relationships, but somehow struggling to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent to three precocious daughters. Things get even more complicated when Dan finds out that the woman he falls in love with is actually his brother’s new girlfriend. Carell is joined by a brilliant all-star supporting cast, including Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney and Dianne Wiest.
Director: Peter Hedges
Cinematography: Lawrence Sher, ASC
Writers: Pierce Gardner, Peter Hedges
Stars: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook
This was an alternative ending that they had very little time to shoot. By the time they got outside the sun was where Lawrence Sher wanted it (right on the water) but they had hoped for a little more time.
Faires was given the direction to “make it beautiful,” and don’t show the crane. Circumstances outside of the camera department’s control gave them one shot only… A daunting challenge to say the least!
He’s still very proud of what they did in that one take. Obviously the studio felt the same and used this shot to end the film.