Your new movie Independent
Dreams - in a few words, what is it about?
It's about me and Alex De
Luca [Alex De Luca interview -
click here], collectively known as Clouded Sight Pictures
Ltd, where in our
passion filled brains (possibly mental) we set out to create two high
concept fantasy/historical fantasy films, with no money (definitely
did the project come into being in the first place, and who came up with
the idea to have your journey chronicled?
started because, I called Alex and said so I'm going to make Dream Finder,
are you in? Je said ďyep lets do itĒ, I'll try and get it documented
and do a bit of BTS as well, get someone to follow us around. So I
called Tony Sabanskis [Anthony
Sabanskis interview - click here] who Iíd done some acting for in a few of his
productions and knew he could tell the difference between the front and
back of a camera. Anyway a few days later Tony decided he was gonna
do a full documentary on it and it kind of went from there.
about the two projects Independent
Dreams is based on for a bit, Dream Finder and Storm Warrior
- what are they about, and what are the key challenges
bringing them to the screen?
Dream Finder is a high
concept fantasy film based on the fantasy novel written by Roger Taylor,
it's got magic, a dream finder, horsement, intrigue, battles aplenty and a
wolf that talks. The biggest problem was as always money, we need
millions to do it justice as well as getting a wolf sorted that was
believable and cost-effective, we kind of settled on using animatronics,
but thatís still ongoing.
Storm Warrior is a
historical fantasy, but Alex [Alex
De Luca interview - click here] would be better placed to talk about that.
I figure when you started
Dreams you expected the outcome of your projects to be quite
different - so how has the documentary evolved over time?
Iím completely honest it was an absolute rollercoaster, one minute we
were flyin,g investors lining up, meetings and all sorts, next Brexit, investors
pulled out and left us in the lurch and literally going what the hell
happened? Tony [Anthony
Sabanskis interview - click here] was constantly on the phone when there was something
happening and he kept saying I've left the ending open. Eventually
the decision was made to finish the doc.
What did it feel to be
the topic of a documentary?
me, it's about never giving up, the journey, no matter what it is your
striving for, is often more important than the destination, throughout the
whole period I've learned so much and made a hell of a lot of friends, and
it's made me want to keep making, creating and striving for that
all the experience you've gathered during the course of making Independent
Dreams, what's be some solid pieces of advice to give aspiring
Donít do IT! No seriously, itís the best but also the hardest thing Iíve
ever done in my life, its not enough to be talented these days, you need
to be passionate and more importantly tenacious. If you canít give 110%
to what you do, if you're not committed then why put yourself through the
trials, and let me tell they will be tough!
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of Independent
far it's been really well received, reviews are coming in and I for one
feel that despite exposing my soul that people are not only enjoying the
film but also rooting for us to succeed and that means a lot.
Let's return to Dream Finder and
Storm Warrior for a bit - are those still in the making/how far along have
they gotten since the documentary has been shot?
Finder has been put on hold, but is still on slate, Storm Warrior has
taken precedence and we are pushing for investors, a top class director
and A list cast. I mean what the hell, if you donít aim high,
whatís the point?
other future projects you'd like to share?
Clouded Sight Pictures
working on several things, all on a much smaller scale than Dream Finder
and Storm Warrior.
We are working on Following
the Trufors with Tony Sabanskis [Anthony
Sabanskis interview - click here] which is a comedy drama and thatís
currently in production - trailer:
We also have a fantasy horror series that has been in development for about a year called
Day One, and with the first series already penned by myself and co-writer
David Edwards, we have some pretty awesome possibilities from it - https://www.facebook.com/dayonetv/,
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