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‘Manchester by the Sea’ Director Kenneth Lonergan on the Unique Challenges of Film vs. Theater

Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea sold for a record-breaking $10 million dollars at Sundance, but the writer/director still claims he feels much more at home in the theater.

“When I walk onto a film set I become frightened and nervous,” he tells Vanity Fair. “There’s all this equipment, all these people, and most of them do things you don’t know how to do. I didn’t come from a film background. I didn’t start as [a production assistant] or work my way up; I came into it sideways, so to speak. There’s a lot of pressure on a film set that’s more immediate than the pressure in the theater where you’re nervous about what’s going to happen next week.”

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