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An Interview with David Allingham, Director of Almost Invisible

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2011

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Your film Almost Invisible - in a few words, what is it about?

 

It's about a misfit girl trying to make some friends. At the same time, it's about a bunch of party hungry teenagers trying to take advantage of her obvious interest.

 


What were your main inspirations when writing the movie?

 

It dawned on me that Gothic misfits, wandering American high schools since the 70s, are still around. They have a sense of abandonment that hasn't changed. Their look is even the same.

 

How would you describe your directorial approach?

 

My approach was to micromanage success. My stars and costars have confirmed that, while encouraging collaboration, I stuck to the vision I had when writing the film just months earlier on set with a great deal of feedback from them.

 

Your film is (intentionally) confusing, even labyrinthine in structure. Have you ever had the feeling you might lose your story in the non-linear proceedings?

 

While the story is at times confusing, the telling is for the most part linear. Like a puzzle that I am delighted to explain to anyone who is curious, it works without any holes. None found to date. And when you find out that April is a ghost in the end, people are still shocked and frightened. And on multiple viewings, they still find themselves frightened, coming out of the labyrinth as you put it to once again find out that April was never really there. It works again and again and again. I am very pleased that it worked. And that it works at each sitting.

 

With Almost Invisible being a horror film, is that a genre particularly dear to you?

 

While I have great regard and respect for that genre, supernatural horror is something I have just touched upon. I learned a great deal about it by making this film. My biggest lesson: it's very hard to scare with too many people in one scene. Live and learn!

 

In a way, Almost Invisible is about bullying and alienation. Is that anything you have experienced first hand during your high school or college years (or even after that)?

 

Abandonment is one of my favorite themes. It's nothing I have personally experienced, but it is one of the toughest forms of torture and abuse that I see in society today. Parents do it to their children. Friends do it to their classmates. It's cold and it's so often calculated. And when it is part of the design, it is particularly frightening and cruel.

 

Among your cast of characters, who do you identify more with, the "weird" girl or the "normal", the popular kids?

 

The outside of the box misfit that falls in love with her, Drew, I relate with the most.

 

A few words about your cast and crew?

 

Hard-working and dedicated to my vision.

 

Almost Invisible is your directorial debut. How did the film come into being?

 

I am a writer 1st and foremost. But I realized that I would only get recognition as a writer if I directed something. I believe it worked. Now, I am delighted to direct anything I write if the funding powers that be desired this. Similarly, I am delighted to direct anything I haven't written. But, I remain 1st and foremost a writer. I think that is my strength. I'm delighted to do only that if necessary.

 

Lessons learned from your directorial debut?

 

The value of sticking to task, solving problems without money, editing, not losing your mind throughout the process, The value of the 1st assistant director -- just to name a few.

 

How easy/difficult was it to get distribution for your film?

 

Very easy to get low end distribution from fly-by-night companies that back burner your film. Very difficult and slow getting the right deal from better companies affiliated with serious distribution channels.

 

What can you tell us about audience reception so far?

 

People are entertained throughout the film then shocked at the end. And then there is the admiration I'm getting how much we did with so little.

 

You actually practice medicine for a living, so what made you want to go into filmmaking in the first place?

 

I was raised in LA and have wanted to write ever since I was a child.

 

You have written or co-written quite a number of scripts, several of which ar at various stages of production right now. Could you talk about those for a bit?

 

Select Services Films' option on my romantic comedy Snap! expired late 2010. I passed on a subsequent offer by SJPL Films. Now, Todd Grodnick, Merrill Ent., is presently reviewing for financing.

Patricia Herskovic (Toy Soldiers) and Jack Freedman (The Christmas Card) are collaborating on the development of a completed full feature heist, The Dead Hand. It rallies a following at the question: "How much do you hate banks?" No formal option for it as of yet.

Jonathan Alter is retaining me to co-author a serial killer thriller. Review of legal elements with counsel and contract pending.

And although the non-union version of Almost Invisible secured a WEA affiliate release, fundraising is underway to produce a union version of the film.

 

When writing screenplays, what are usually your sources of inspiration?

 

My dreams, current scientific literature, my family members and friends.

 

Writers and directors who have influenced you?

 

Tarantino, Coppola (FF), Rodriguez, Hitchcock.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

The Godfather, Go, The Graduate.

 

... and of course, films you really deplored?

 

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Your/your film's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

www.almostinvisible.com 

And I think I'm on Facebook.

 

Anything else you are dying to mention that I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Two things:

One, anyone you particularly wish to thank at this time?

Thanks to WEA affiliate, Chemical Burn, for picking it up! Go Almost Invisible!

[Interview with Chemical Burn's Warren Croyle - click here]

 

Two, what is your most proud achievement to date is a filmmaker?

I just won 1st place for best script in the 2011 Phoenix Film Festival. Voted number 11 in United States, it is a highly regarded, more artsy festival than most. I am most proud of that accomplishment because my winning script is an ultra violent terrorist script that heightens our awareness of what religion driven fanatics would actually do in this country if they had a chance. I was surprised to see such an artsy festival give such a powerful yet commercial screenplay such high praise.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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