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March 13, 2017
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#208:  Boyhood (12 Years)


Background:  Boyhood is a movie about a boy named Mason as he grows up from the age of 6 until he leaves home for college at the age of 18.  It took 12 years to make this movie.  It won the Golden Globe awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress, as well as the British Academy Film awards for Best Film and Best Director.  The video begins with the director Richard Linklater (and later the actors) talking about the movie.

Instructions:  Listen to the youtube video above and fill in the blanks in the transcript below (or write your answers on a piece of paper). Beginners can use the list of missing words and phrases, but if you're an advanced student, try to fill in the blanks just by listening to the video, without looking at the missing words and phrases.  The answers are given at the end of the transcript.

Main Features:  There are four main features in this lesson.  1) The word "to" can sound like "ta", "da", or "na".  In this lesson it sounds like "ta" three times, "da" six times, and "na" twice. 2) The word "of" is sometimes pronounced without the "v" sound.  You'll hear this twice in the phrases "kind of" ("kinda") and "a lot of" ("a lotta").  3) The phrase "it was" is sometimes pronounced without the "t" sound; that is, the "t" is often silent or barely heard.  You'll hear this three times in this video lesson.  4) The phrase "could you" often sounds like "could ju".  The last video (#207) had the phrase "would you" ("would ju"); this video has the phrase "could you" ("could ju").

Missing Words and Phrases (20):  and he [an ee]; could you [could ju]; going to [gonna]; he [ee]; It was [ih was] (3 times); kind of [kinda]; lot of [lotta]; need to [need da]; ready to [ready da]; them [em]; to [da] (2 times); to [ta] (3 times); trying to [tryin da]; used to [used da]; want to [wanna].


I was _________ make a movie about childhood.  I just had this one big idea, well, how about just get the same cast [1] and we'll film a little bit each year.  Like, _________ do that?  Would that work as a movie? 

Ooops! [2]

Quit it! [3]

The film was ________ capture this fictional family aging over 12 years.  You know, it's not a documentary.  It's a story. 

You guys ________ have some fun? [4]


Richard called me ______ asked me, "What will you be doing the next 12 years?"  And then _____ told me about this idea.  I said, "I _______ do it."

"Boyhood" is a complete original.  It's the first movie that I've ever done that is truly not like another movie. 

It was such a leap of faith.  It was so much _____ ask of everyone.  For Ellar [5] to mature on camera in one film -- it's a big thing not many actors have gone through. 

______ amazing _____ watch this boy and girl grow up.

Watching ____ at first just being little kids who _______ do cute things until they became contributors.

Action! [6]

The production itself gained momentum over the years.  Every year felt like kind of a very fun reunion.

______ incredible _____ work with these people every year.  I looked forward _____ going back.  ______ like family.

There's a certain commonality to growing up.


There's something so normal in a certain way about Mason's story that I really always felt that it would be about moments everyone shares. 

It's something people identify with.

With the passage of time.

Life is beautiful and interesting enough as it is and you don’t _______ manufacture a lot of falsehood.

At some point you're no longer growing up; you're aging.  But no one can pinpoint that moment exactly.

When you get older, you can save up [7] and buy a car of your own.  Be cool like I _______ be.

It's unlike anything I've ever experienced.

We filmed for 12 years and nobody's ever done that before.

The hardest thing was when it ended.  I wanted to__continue shooting it for the rest of my life and I never wanted anyone to be allowed _____ see it.

One story made up of a ______ little pieces.


[1] The cast = the actors and actresses in a movie.
[2] Ooops! = Said when the speaker is making a false apology for a small mistake or for doing something wrong that's very minor.  There's often an element of surprise in the action as well.
[3] Quit it! = Stop it!
[4] You guys ready to have some fun? = The full question is "Are you guys ready to have some fun?"  The word "are" is missing in this question.
[5] Ellar = actor
Ellar Coltrane (his name in real life).  His name in the movie is "Mason".
[6] Action! = When the director is ready for the actors to start acting, he says, "Action!"  When the director want to stop the action, he says, "Cut!"
[7] Save up = to save your money for something special.


1) trying to [tryin da]
2) could you [could ju]
3) going to [gonna]

4) ready to [ready da]
5) and he [an ee]

6) he [ee]
7) want to [wanna]

8) to [ta]
9) It was [ih was]

10) to [da]
11) them [em]

12) kind of [kinda]
13) It was [ih was]

14) to [ta]
15) to [ta]

16) It was [ih was]
17) need to [need da]

18) used to [used da]

19) to [da]

20) lot of [lotta]


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05:34 AM Mar 26 2017


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