Making a Scene 8 years old

The year's best big-screen performers in 11 original (very) short films.

For this year's Movies Issue, The New York Times Magazine commissioned lines from an eclectic and talented group of screenwriters — writers responsible for some of the best scripts of 2013. We asked them each to write a single line for us — not a scene, a script or a scenario, but simply an intriguing, amusing or captivating line of dialogue. Then we gave these lines to one of the great movie artists of our time: the cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, a two-time Oscar winner. Kaminski used these lines as inspiration to create 11 original (very) short films. Each short evokes a style or genre of the cinematic past and stars an actor who gave an especially memorable performance in 2013.


Making a Scene Cast

Name Character
Forest Whitaker He was 52, now 60 years old as Man
Cate Blanchett She was 44, now 52 years old as Woman
Robert Redford He was 77, now 85 years old as Man
Bradley Cooper He was 38, now 47 years old as Man
Chiwetel Ejiofor He was 36, now 44 years old as Man
Greta Gerwig She was 30, now 38 years old as Woman
Oscar Isaac He was 34, now 42 years old as Man
Michael B. Jordan He was 26, now 34 years old as Man
Oprah Winfrey She was 59, now 68 years old as Woman
Julia Louis-Dreyfus She was 52, now 61 years old as Woman
Adèle Exarchopoulos She was 20, now 28 years old as Woman

Making a Scene Crew

Name Department
Evan Goldberg as Writer. He was 31 (now 40) years old Writing
Jeff Nichols as Writer. He was 34 (now 43) years old Writing
Janusz Kamiński as Director. He was 54 (now 62) years old Directing
Richard Linklater as Writer. He was 53 (now 61) years old Writing
Spike Jonze as Writer. He was 44 (now 52) years old Writing
Nicole Holofcener as Writer. She was 53 (now 61) years old Writing
Seth Rogen as Writer. He was 31 (now 39) years old Writing
Danny Strong as Writer. He was 39 (now 47) years old Writing
Andrew Bujalski as Writer. He was 36 (now 44) years old Writing
Greta Gerwig as Writer. She was 30 (now 38) years old Writing
J. C. Chandor as Writer. He was 40 (now 48) years old Writing
Ethan Hawke as Writer. He was 43 (now 51) years old Writing
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Making a Scene (8 years)

The year's best big-screen performers in 11 original (very) short films.

  • Release day: Monday, November 25, 2013
  • Runtime: 10 minutes