One of the recurring gags in DOLL & EM is that Dolly's increasing dependence on Emily, and the cast and crew's growing affection for Dolly, repeatedly come at the expense of Emily's focus on her work. Emily's perpetual distraction reaches a near-apex in this Altman-inspired scene, in which Chloë Sevigny's fawning over Dolly prevents Emily from giving Mike, the director, her full attention.
Mike has only one, very brief close-up as he begins to try to give direction to Chloë and Emily, but from that point forward he is shoved to the periphery of the scene. Each of the actors was fitted with a lavalier microphone, so that we could raise and lower their voices independently, depending on who was winning the battle for Emily's attention at any given moment. By the end, the director has clearly lost the war.
Directed by Azazel Jacobs. Sound recorded by Eric B. Thomas, mixed by Julia Shirar.
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