Your new movie Marvelous
Mandy - in a few words, what is it about?
a single dad’s (Harvey)
do anything to make her happy constantly looking for love and even though it’s
good to be
he ignores all the red flags.
did the project fall together in the first place, and what can you tell us
about Marvelous Mandy's
writer Brentt Slabchuck, and your collaboration with him?
Marvelous Mandy was created in 2015.
and I have a very unique relationship. We fundamentally see a lot of
things eye to eye, of course
have disagreements, but we don’t
that get in the way of things. We compromise on a lot of things
well, we are both big fans of storytelling.
what extent can you actually identify with Mandy - and/or Harvey for that
think every male
the world can identify with Harvey, because we have all been through a
certain part in our life where
were attracted to the wrong women. I myself can’t really relate to
Mandy, but I’m
relate to the fact that they have dated someone a lot like Mandy.
What I especially like about Marvelous
Mandy is the rather eccentric colour chart it uses - care to
elaborate on that aspect of your movie?
my fiancé/partner, Samantha Stengel, and our screen
Brentt Slabchuck, broke down the dynamics of Mandy, since she has such a
different moods. That’s how we used the colors to determine her mood.
That why it starts off bright
fades toward the end because when her reality is being threatened it
dullens her mood. With
since he was a very lonely individual, a lot of his colors were grey and
blue to set the tones to his
What can you
tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
really all depends
the story and its content. With Marvelous
Mandy, it was mostly about
finding the theme of the film
going from that aspect. Such as showing the father (Harvey) and daughter
(Clementine) bond and
being the outsider ruining it, trying desperately to keep her world
also play the role of Mandy's boss in Marvelous
Mandy - so how did you approach the character, and was it actually
written with you in mind already?
all of the characters that were written, already
a person in mind for that character.
Do talk about the rest
of your key cast, and why exactly these people?
chose all the characters for each
mainly because they fit the part. I chose Paula Solinger [Paula
Marcenaro Solinger interview - click here] because she had a
very strong audition. She
what we were looking for originally, but her audition was very strong and
how strong it was. I chose John Stottman because I saw an oddly close
relation between Harvey
John, as far as venerability. I chose Kenna because she had a beauty to
her and also had a very tom
side to her and I didn’t want Clementine to be a girly-girl because of
the fact she doesn’t
figure in her life. We auditioned many, many girls to play the role of
Clementine, but when we
Kenna’s audition for Clementine, it blew me and Samantha’s mind.
you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
on-set atmosphere was
very calm. Everyone was eager to help and wanting to help make a quality
product. It was so much
been on a set where a lot got done, Samantha kept everything in order and
and we were always ahead of schedule. Marvelous
Mandy was the first time I
have ever had
an assistant director/production manager to keep these things together. And
let me say it makes a very
difference when you have a good assistant director and production manager.
When I started off in
I wore almost every hat in the production myself. And now I have a really
Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of
far as our target for our
it was originally younger groups who find interest in thrillers, but
after the release of our film, Marvelous
Mandy was enjoyed by a wide range of individuals of all ages. It was
incredible. My critiques
our film, I wish we could have gotten better transitions to the next scene
and better audio. I was not
with the audio. But, after all, no film is essentially perfect.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
My next film is a new crime drama, Payday. I will be filming
next year in March. We have a wide margin of talented people for the cast:
Melantha Blackthorne [Melantha
Blackthorne interview - click here],
Stevens, Tiffani Fest, Derek Babb, Lara Jean Mummert, Colton Wheeler. As
for our crew: Our director
of photography/editor is a very talented individual, Anthony Pesce and our
a very talented individual, Erik Kyr. I am very much looking forward to
this project. My partner
and I are very excited because crime drama films are right in our ball
park of favorites.
What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive
any formal training on the subject?
been interested in filmmaking. I grew up in a great time in the 80’s
where a lot of great films
made. Directors that inspired me are Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg,
Ridley Scott, Quentin
I had no training, but I will quote one of my favorite directors: “I
to film school, I went to
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Marvelous
films before Marvelous
I lacked a depth of storytelling. But each film that you do, you kind of
find yourself and your
The more films that you do, the more you’re
settling for less or being a “yes
take control of what it is you want and how you’re
to do it. And each time you learn more and
How would you describe yourself as a director?
first, I wouldn’t
known how to describe myself. I
over the years that I am an “actor’s director”.
I know what it’s
to be an actor, and I know
important it is to make your actors comfortable. We give them the role
after all, so I let them study
character and then just direct them into the right direction. But when you
give them the freedom
becoming that character, I believe 100%, you get a much better product. I
learned to not “over-direct”.
Because you don’t
a bad relationship between yourself and your actors.
Your favourite movies?
Fiction, Forest Gump, Django Unchained, American Beauty, Casino, Jurassic
and The Sixth Sense.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
to answer this question, because I
the complications it takes to make a film, and understand that no film is
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