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An Interview with Joe Clarke, Co-Director of The Formula

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2012

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Your upcoming film The Formula - in a few words what is it about?


Honestly, the film is everything that Tom Beecher (co-director) and I have learned about women. Which is, in a nutshell, nothing. Story-wise, the film is about two engineering students who stumble upon a mathematical formula that helps them flirt with women.


What were your inspirations when writing The Formula - and honestly, how much of it is based on your personal dating experiences and wishful thinking (which might of course be a silly question)?


There are a few moments here and there that are drawn from real situations, but on the whole it's more of a general look at relationships. I think if we put too much of a realism in it, the film would have been about as depressing as Schindler's List.


What got the project off the ground in the first place?


My good friend Tom Beecher and I have always wanted to collaborate on a big project. We've been talking extensively for the last two years about making it, and finally pulled the trigger about a year ago. From there my producing partner Tim Nash and I honed the story, and Ravi Patel came on board as executive producer. It was great to finally get it off the ground.


How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand - and what can you tell us about your co-director Thomas Beecher, and what was your collaboration like?


It was an easy collaboration process, considering we were on the same page for what we wanted to accomplish, and that made the process a lot easier.


I might be mistaken, but judging from the outline, The Formula sounds like a comedy - am I at all right in that assumption, and if so, what can you tell us about the movie's brand of humour?


For the vast majority, The Formula is a comedy. We do mix in some more dramatic elements toward the last third, as the characters go through some pretty tough situations that 99.9% of other people have been through. Going through BS in a relationship always sucks, so why not laugh along with characters and situations you can relate to?


For The Formula you've rounded up quite a stellar cast, and not only for an Iowa-produced indie. So what can you tell us about your main cast, and how did you get them?


We started calling agents out in LA, sent the script to some people, and eventually it started garnering interest. I think it was a change of pace for agents to hear a couple of kids in Iowa weren't making the movie strictly for money, but for the passion of the movie, and that really resonated with them. Through that genuine attitude, we were able to work with some really cool people such as Brandon Baker, Reginald VelJohnson, and Sasha Jackson. Beyond that, we were able to bring back a lot of actors we've worked with in the past, and also brought an assortment of talented midwest actors and actresses.


What can you tell us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?


The consensus from everyone involved was that it was the craziest month of our lives. The motto was, "Eat when you can, sleep when you have to."


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The $64-question of course: When and where will the film be released onto the general public?


We have a sneak preview screening in Iowa City around November or December. After that, we'll be working the film festival circuit.


Any future projects you want to share?


I'm getting prepped to write a script later this year. That's about all I have right now.


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Thanks for the interview!


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