Chuck Workman’s documentary, Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles is a look into the remarkable genius of the filmmaker and star. Orson Welles’s life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25.
In collaboration with Cohen Media Group’s Charles S. Cohen and Calliope Films, Wheelhouse Creative was proud to serve as one of the production facilities for this highly-regarded documentary. This is Wheelhouse Creative’s second collaboration with Chuck Workman, following What Is Cinema? in 2013.
In addition to creating the trailer, Wheelhouse cinematographer Michael Lisnet shot interviews for the film including Chris Welles, Elvis Mitchell and Julie Taymor. Wheelhouse animation and title designers Ze’ev Gilad and Beverly Rosenzweig’s work can also be seen in the film in the 3D animation and lower third design, respectively.
Continue reading for interviews with the Wheelhouse team, an inside look at creating the trailer and more.