Morning Brew - Lesbian couple behind "Making of a Murderer" wins four Emmys - AfterEllen
The creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi discussed what it was like is about your relationship with your subjects and building trust. 3 days ago against filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos as well as Netflix. An email left with Ricciardi and Demos' media relations service. Avery's story caught the attention of directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who read about the case and sensed it was a story worth.
I mean I -- You know -- what I just said, and the opinion I just gave — you know, I say that with all due respect to the Halbach Family.
So the question remains, if Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey did not kill Teresa Halbach then that means the person who did is still out there on the street. This is perhaps the closest I have ever seen the pair come to advocating for Avery and Dassey. Even though they are clearly passionate about the case, it seems to me as though the filmmakers are indeed decent people who did not set out with the intent to disrespect Teresa or her family, but intended to shine a light on something they believed to be worthy of attention - a miscarriage of justice.
The pair explain they believe the Avery family trusted them because their process was very different from that of local media. Thus the family knew LR and MD were not selling the footage or working with local media.'Making a Murderer' creators respond to bias claims
Next the interviewer asks about what relationship, if any, the filmmakers developed with the Halbach family. Below Laura and Moira recount the one and only time they met with a member of the Halbach family. And you did, obviously, reach out to the different parties in the case.
Yeah, we cast a wide net. We always say we sought universal access and got something less than that. We wrote letters to potential subjects, we wrote to Ken Kratz, we wrote to Penny Bernsteen, who was the victim in -- Interviewer: From the earlier case. And we sat down for coffee with Mike Halbach and he told us at that point that they were not interested in participating and that, um -- that conversation was sort of disappointing but very sobering in a way.
We thought they were in the worst of circumstances.
I mean they not only lost a daughter and a sister but to have this unfolding in a very high profile, very charged atmosphere made it much worse. And, you know, the narrative that emerged about how this young woman died and what happened to her body was just horrific. The interviewer here does not follow up with a question about the meeting and Ricciardi does not elaborate, however, in a separate interview Demos offers her own slightly more detailed recollection of this meeting with Mike Halbach.
This guy was velvety and seamless and did not seem to be mourning his sister at all.
Morning Brew – Lesbian couple behind “Making of a Murderer” wins four Emmys
Part 2 follows them in their process. Illinois-based lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who specializes in wrongful conviction cases. She is attempting to get his conviction vacated in state court.
Their methodology, their philosophy, their strategy was very different. And we thought that would make for rich storytelling, to compare and contrast how they were each working their respective cases.
Production on Part 2 was different. For one, they were commuting to the Midwest from Los Angeles.
And they had an actual full-fledged crew during production, which took place from June through July of this year, allowing them to work on footage and shape the story while simultaneously filming. That perk would also present a challenge when chronicling the post-conviction process, particularly when fans of the show could now track developments in the case in real time. That could take five years!
The story behind ‘Making a Murderer’ - The Boston Globe
We had no idea how dynamic and how active our footage would be. But in the scenarios when they were in public spaces, especially where local media may be involved, it did create some interesting moments. And your goal as a documentarian is to be a fly on the wall. Some viewers of the original felt the murder victim had been sidelined in favour of making a compelling portrait of the justice system.
In both parts of the series, the filmmakers did not have direct access to the Halbach family.