Ava DuVernay & HBO Max announce ‘One Perfect Shot,’ an all-star docu-series

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Film nerds will get to dive into the iconic movie moments that spawned their love for film with HBO Max and Ava DuVernay’s new docu-series One Perfect Shot.

One Perfect Shot is a half-hour unscripted series executive produced and narrated by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award winner Ava DuVernay, and inspired by a popular Twitter account of the same name.

HBO’s description of the show is fascinating. Each episode focuses on a director pulling back the curtain on their most iconic shots. Using state of the art technology, the directors will literally enter each shot, walking through the scene in 360 degree moments that allow viewers to join an immersive exploration of moviemaking. Filmmakers will share their obstacles, challenges, lessons and triumphs as they detail how they created their crowning cinematic achievements. Each director will also present one shot from a director who deeply influenced them, outlining the inspiration that sparked their own imagination.

“There is nothing more fascinating than witnessing the passion and creativity of a filmmaker discussing their craft and dissecting how they pulled off that jaw-dropping shot,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max.

“As one of today’s most respected filmmakers, Ava is the perfect voice to narrate the journey through the immersive new technology created to showcase the most beloved films of all time,” added Brooke Karzen, Executive Vice President and Head of Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.

“I’ve long wanted to create a series about the art of directing. To chronicle the craft of great filmmakers is a dream come true for me and all of us at ARRAY Filmworks. We’re thrilled that our partners at Warner Horizon Unscripted Television embraced this idea and look forward to fully geeking out over movies with our friends at HBO Max,” said DuVernay.

DuVernay is no stranger to the director’s chair. In the past decade she has cemented herself as an icon of modern film making. Her vast array of accolades include being a winner of BAFTA, Peabody, Emmy, Academy Award nominee.

Her directorial work includes the Oscar-winning civil rights drama Selma, the Oscar-nominated social justice documentary 13TH and the Disney children’s adventure A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest-grossing Black woman director in American box office history. In 2019, she created, wrote, produced and directed the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning limited series When They See Us. She is currently producing the fifth season of her acclaimed series, Queen Sugar. She is the winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director Prize for her second independent film Middle of Nowhere.

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