The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro talks about his love for making sci-fi fantasy films, Sally Hawkins

FP Staff

February 16, 2018 20:14:13 IST

Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Toro recently opened up about his natural gravitation for making movies that blur the line between science-fiction and fantasy like Shape of Water in an interview with InterAksyon. Del Toro's filmography includes movies like Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak. 

Guillermo del Toro. Image from Twitter/@Variety

Guillermo del Toro. Image from Twitter/@Variety

“These are the kind of stories that I’ve loved since I was a child and even throughout my adult life. It’s so essential to my nature. I could try my hand at directing other genres like noir or historical film and all that. But these stories seem to be the ones I like the most, the things that I end up gravitating to," said Del Toro, as he explained his compulsion for making sci-fi fantasy dramas.

Del Toro also revealed that he initially wanted The Shape of Water to be shot in monochrome, however he was convinced to make the film in colour on the suggestion of Fox studios. Fox suggested that it would be easier to show "certain territories" via colour, which is something that the director took into account. He also stated that he felt Fox studios was "very brave" and "very committed" towards getting The Shape of Water made.

Talking about his lead actor Sally Hawkins, Del Toro revealed that he had written the character specifically keeping her in mind, right from the beginning. Del Toro was also sure of the fact that he wanted his two main characters to communicate without words which is why he wrote Hawkins' character as mute.

Del Toro also spoke about the budget allotted for his films, claiming that no matter how much the budget of a film, one would always want to make movies that are bigger than that. He explained how this could be done — by introducing the film with "a couple of big sets", bringing the design to the forefront so that the film feels "beautiful" and "stylish" and then finding economized ways to pay for the gestures that are of that scale.

Updated Date: Feb 16, 2018 20:14 PM