Although the only Emmy Award nominations for In Treatment were for these three actors, we all know the directors and writers create the characters these actors become as well as the world they inhabit. Understanding more about the process of making this series and bringing it to life leads to a better understanding of just what these three have achieved.
The DGA Quarterly, Spring 2009 issue, offers us a chance to see the directors in action, making choices, working within the confines of that single room.
BY LISA SCHWARZBAUM
Freud called psychotherapy “the talking cure” for a reason. The process is slow, and sometimes gets stuck. It’s drawn out, and it grinds on week after week. The work can be profound, intense, and dramatically life changing for those on the therapy couch and in the analyst’s chair. But perhaps only one director to another can appreciate the professional alchemy involved in making the In Treatment audience feel like intimates. When, in a lurching conversation between Dr. Weston and his own confessor, Gina, Barclay directs a camera move so minuscule as to feel subliminal, all of us are invited to sit on the other side of a one-way mirror and watch souls in the process of reconstruction, sometimes without moving a muscle.