Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was a revolutionary film at the time of its release in 2014. The film received universal acclaim and is even on Metacritic’s short list of perfect movies. However, you can’t talk about “Boyhood” without mentioning its impressive 12 year shooting schedule. Luckily, IFC Films documented the entire process in this featurette.
“Boyhood” sees Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, grow up in real time over the course of grades 1-12. From 2002 to 2013 Linklater, the cast, and crew would film a little bit of the movie each year. This revolutionary approach to a coming of age story allowed the filmmakers and cast to grow up alongside their characters.
After wrapping filming, Coltrane spoke about the impact the film has had on his life:
We just finished a 12 year project. I feel like I’ve taken it for granite for a long time. Just this project and being able to work on it just because I don’t remember life without it. So it’s just been such an integral part of everything that I have forgotten to appreciate, I think for a lot of the time, and I feel kind of remorseful. But it’s almost perfect because that’s the kind of message the movie closes on. To throw yourself into the moment. So maybe that’s what I’ve learned most of all.
In the featurette, Linklater points out that the film is just as much about motherhood and fatherhood as well. Since Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke also play their same characters for 12 years, the film focuses on their evolution as parents.
To learn more about the behind the scenes of “Boyhood” check out the video above or click here.