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"We cried in the photos": The creators of "The Jews Are Coming" reveal the moment when they broke down in tears - Walla! culture

2020-11-28T00:20:09.880Z

How involved are they in their work ("are in every photo"), what risk do they take in writing a satire ("can understand something completely different") and why Yosef's sketch scares them ("it touched something painful"): Natalie Marcus and Assaf Beiser, creators of "The Jews Come "and" The Estate "present their world in an artist's workshop



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"We cried in the photographs": the creators of "The Jews Are Coming" reveal the moment when they broke down in tears

How involved are they in their work ("are in every photo"), what risk do they take in writing a satire ("can understand something completely different") and why Yosef's sketch scares them ("it touched something painful"): Natalie Marcus and Assaf Beiser, creators of "The Jews Come "and" The Estate "present their world in an artist's workshop

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Assaf Beiser and Natalie Marcus talk about their work (Photo: Ido Shaham)

"In the last season of 'The Jews Are Coming,' we had a sketch about Madhat Yusuf. A sketch that is very dangerous for us, which has an IDF space.

It has not been done in satire programs to date and there is something about it that touches a very painful place.

We told ourselves it had to be written and done, because there was a strong statement here and really a lot of people talked about it.

That weekend, the entry of Madhat Yusuf was the second most viewed on Wikipedia.

It's amazing to me, to do something that has meaning.

Children aged 16-17, who did not grow up in our time and do not know the story firsthand, came in to read about it. "



Although several weeks have passed since the tumultuous season of" The Jews Are Coming "ended, it is clear to everyone that the sketch that portrayed the IDF space was rejected by Yusuf He is one who will be remembered for a long time to come.

The two creators of the show, Natalie Marcus and Assaf Beiser, who recently even released their new series "The Estate" (Tonight, Rainbow 12), returned in a special "artist workshop" for Walla!

Culture the moment of filming The sketch in question: "Good satire evokes an emotional response and not just a mental one. We feel it many times. This sketch is a great example, because we sat on the set behind the monitor and we all cried while filming. We realized that the emotional place we are in is necessary to That it will also pass to the viewer. "



Watch the artist workshop in the video above

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"Involved in our work."

Beiser and Marcus (Photo: Ido Shaham)

When did you realize that the field of writing winks at you?



Beiser: "I won a essay and song contest at age 10 and it was fun. Writing has always been a kind of hobby and I thought at some point - why shouldn't it be life?".



Marcus: "I also wrote songs and stories at a relatively young age. I remember the short story I wrote in fourth grade for the school newspaper. There was a stage where I wanted to be a doctor, but it passed quickly when I realized it really required studying medicine."



How involved are you in the work after the writing phase?



Beiser: "We are very specifically involved in our work. We are in all the filming and are in direct contact with the director. We have an ongoing dialogue with him, with the actors. We will always be on set, give our input, our opinion, and say 'what did the poet mean' to That it will come close to our vision. "



Marcus: "It's a big American method. Some of the creators are like us, not all of them. It's the 'show-runner' model where the creators are in all parts of the work. We strongly believe in that because we make a work that is a lot of people so you are not an individual artist. Something starts, but this thing eventually becomes the art of a lot of people, of who designs the set, the costumes, the make-up, the sound, the lighting, the director of course. They all become part of your work. The wisdom is to bring the best people in the world, to give "They have creative freedom to fly, but once you are constantly present and you do not let go, they know that the work has a mother and father, that there is someone for whom this thing is important. It is not to control them, it is to be there as a spirit and inspire and motivate."



How is a new work created?



Marcus: "It's an action that sounds like something abstract, accompanied by a lot of inspiration and muse, but in the end it's getting up for work, sitting in front of the computer and dismantling ideas schematically. Trying to attack them from all directions and then figuring out what you want to say, what's cool and funny. "So you go back to the technical action of understanding the move. The script is the last step, which is also done a lot of times because the writing job is actually a rewritten job. The stage where you actually write the text comes after going through a lot of actions along the way, including figuring out what to write."



Beiser: "If there's one piece of advice I can give to novice writers, mostly comedic writers, it's finding a professional relationship. A good writing partner is worth a million dollars."

"Scary".

The sketch in question about Yusuf Madhat (screenshot)

What is it like to do a sitcom like "Nachla" versus a satire like "Jews Come"?



Beiser: "In a sitcom everything starts and ends with characters, much more than stories and a statement. Unlike a satirical sketch that has an important statement or short story, in a sitcom it's all the characters, and they try to create interesting, human characters that you can connect with and identify with. "Pleasant and not provocative, but in terms of issues, it also deals with not simple issues such as Arabs and Jews, religious and state relations, economic distress and many things related to crime and morality."



What is your connection point to the plight of the Moshavniks?



"Erez Shalem, one of the creators of 'The Estate', is a moshavnik in the present, and knows this world deep and inside. Beyond that, the series is not really about a moshav but about a family, and a family we all understand - and we all do not understand. And the series is about trying to deal with problems Economics, and for that you don't have to be a moshavnik to connect. "



What research did you do before creating the series?



"We talked to full moshavniks, got inspired by their life sources, and ate full avocados."

We ate a lot of avocados.

Pay and challenge in the "estate" (screenshot)

What risk does a creator take in satire?



Marcus: "Once a sketch is broadcast, it is taken from us. It has life, it is an independent thing and anyone can take it wherever they want, understand, interpret and use it, condemn and laugh and it becomes a thing in the world. There is something scary in satire that people can "Understand something not as you intended and you can not be there and say to them, 'Hello, I meant something else.'



What are your aspirations for the future?



They answer together: "Netflix and write a play. Maybe even a musical, but also an international series. Everything becomes global and everyone wants to succeed abroad. We too".

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