Jason Reitman 're-learned' filmmaking

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Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Juno is a comedy drama film with an Oscar-winning original screenplay. Juno (Ellen Page) is a high school student who finds herself pregnant by her friend Paulie (Michael Cera). Fortunately, her dad (J.K. Simmons) and stepmom (Allison Janney) deal with the situation well. Juno eventually decides to have the baby and give it up for adoption to an upper-middle-class married couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) who put an ad in the PennySaver. However after she ends up bonding with the couple, an unexpected problem arises.
October 20th, 2013

Jason Reitman ''re-learned'' how to make films for 'Labor Day'.

The Oscar-nominated director has had massive success with acclaimed films such as 'Juno', 'Up in the Air' and 'Young Adult', but his latest feature required a more serious tone, so he had to teach himself how to create a dramatic cinematic experience.

He said: ''I had to re-learn how to make a movie for 'Labor Day'; it has a completely different cinematic language. It doesn't use all the usual ideas I rely on like tons of dialogue, humour, music and editing. This is a movie that had to sit more still; it's a romance, it's a drama, it's a thriller ... I had to learn how to scare people. I honestly felt like I was making my first film all over again.''

Despite the darker nature of his latest movie, Reitman admits the atmosphere on-set was much more light-hearted and credits his leading actors, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, for the warm environment.

He added to BANG Showbiz: ''This was a lovely, easygoing set - Josh Brolin was making pies every day, the young boy [Gattlin Griffith] taught me to throw a football over the course of the shoot. It wasn't really a tense set. I think a set's mood disseminates from the nature of the actors in it and Josh and Kate are such lovely people, and so because of that it was a really lovely set.''