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An Interview with Joshua Addante, Director, and Tiffany Gilstrap, Writer of Dry Well

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2013

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Your upcoming movie Dry Well - in a few words, what is it about?


Dry Well is about a post industrial apocalyptic world where greed has lead to contamination of the water supply and the weather has been altered by pollutants. Now a dry barren world; where the only water supply is deep below the earth. The existing wells are all running dry and villages are fighting for control over their water source that gangs try and control. But a stranger will come to town and will change all this.


How did the project come together in the first place?


The project came together when one night I was watching The Book of Eli and True Grit and thought “Hey the two together would make a fantastic story.“


Tiffany, what were your inspirations when writing Dry Well?


Tiffany - I took a lot from watching old westerns like True Grit and my favorite movie WaterWorld. I love the look of these movies and the characters. The anti-hero, who doesn’t mean to be a hero but turns out to be one; the villain who everyone hates and hopes will fall off a cliff, and then the damsel in distress, her way of getting under your skin.



With Dry Well being a post apocalyptic thriller, is that a genre you can at all relate to, and some of your genre favourites (in whatever medium)?


This is our first script in this genre, it's not necessarily a favorite but it seemed to work for this script. 


Josh - Some of my favorite genre are action, comedy and sci-fi.


Tiffany - I am old school I love the romantic comedies and just romance in itself.


Joshua, how do you plan to approach your subject at hand from a directorial point of view?


Josh - Basically I'm going to approach it as mood and tone. I’m going to set the mood and tone to convey the story as a post apocalyptic with using a technique called skip bleaching in post production. There is going to be gun fights like your typical western, so we will have killer gun effects.


No post-apocalyptic movie without the right sets and locations - so what can you tell us about your intended locations?


One of the locations for Dry Well is local airsoft field that the men who own it have graciously given us permission to film their and they will even play a role in the movie themselves, since they do after all have their own weapons. The second location is as much open desert as we can get, and since we are filming in Victorville, California all we have is open desert.


Chalet Lizette Brannan

Anything you can tell us about your projected cast yet?


We do have one cast member so far. a wonderfully gifted actress by the name of Chalet Lizette Brannan.

As for other cast members, we will be holding auditions soon for those


As far as I know, you are currently still raising funds for your movie - so what can you tell us about your fundraising campaign?


Our campaign is up on IndieGoGo at the moment. We are trying to raise $10,000 and after the movie is made we have decided that any money the movie makes we will be donating 10% to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Once the funds are raised, how are you going to proceed, and any idea yet when the movie might be released onto the general audience (and I know this is waaay too early to ask)?


Once the money is raised we are going to put it onto DVDs for distribution, and working with our local theater we will work on getting it out to the general public. We are also planning on getting it into as many film festivals as we can.


Let's go back to the beginnings of your careers - what got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


Josh - For me it was Star Wars. I saw it when I was younger and thought “That is what I want to do” - I am currently attending New York Film Academy in Hollywood California, I graduate September 2013 with my degree in Film Making.


Tiffany - For me, I have always loved the classic films like The Sound of Music, and My Fair Lady, and enjoyed watching them on channels like TCM, but I never really thought “hey that’s what I would like to do with my life." Then when Josh and I started dating and I saw he had a passion for filmmaking, and he started going to school for it, I got more involved in it and loved the whole process.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Dry Well?


We just finished filming a feature film over the summer called SuperFans, a story that Josh wrote and directed -

We have also been doing a lot of TV-pilot pitches and commercials.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


We have an idea for a TV series that we will be filming in the near future to pitch to the WB. Basically it’s a Robin Hood-idea with a twist, can't go more into detail than that.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Josh - George Lucas because he is the master of sci-fi and Steven Spielberg because he is an awesome director. Both of these men have been my inspiration through my entire career.


Your favourite movies?


Josh - Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Top Gun, Touch of Evil are just to name a few, there are tons more I love.


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Tiffany - Gosh there are so many Singing in the Rain, Tammy and the Bachelor, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (I’m a huge Debbie Reynolds fan if you can't tell), Arsenic and Lace, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Bachelor Mother, anything with Cary Grant and Doris Day - oh the list could go on and on for me.


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


Tiffany - I know I’m going to get beef for this but Titanic is one that I could live without.


Josh - I agree. Can't really think of any off hand.


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


Our website

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


Don’t think there is anything we haven’t talked about, thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity.


Thanks for the interview!


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