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An Interview with Matthew Solomon, Director of Chatter

by Dale Pierce

September 2015

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Your film Chatter - has it been released yet? And what is this film about?

 

Chatter has not yet been released. We are making the festival rounds and are currently in negotiations with several distributors.

Chatter is a new kind of tech-horror-thriller in which most of the action takes place on video chat and is being seen through the eyes of an NSA agent.

The simple storyline is: While monitoring Internet traffic for the Department of Homeland Security, agent Martin Takagi comes across the intimate video chats of a couple, temporarily living in different parts of the world, who begin to discover their new home is haunted.

 

It was shown at LA Thriller Film Fest recently?

 

Yes, back in April! Chatter won Best Experimental Feature at the LA Thriller Film Fest! It was very exciting. We did a Q&A afterwards and the feedback from the audience was that they were in suspense the whole time and were very intrigued by the realistic way in which it was shot.

 

Do you anticipate showings at similar fests?

 

Yes! We were just notified that we are an official selection of SHRIEKFEST! We are the night #1 headliner - friday night October 2nd at 10:45pm. Chatter and Shriekfest will be at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.

 

Where might the film be ordered by the general public, not attending these festivals?

Currently, we are not open to the public. However, if you visit our website www.FollowTheChatter.com or our Facebook page facebook.com/chattermovie, you can get all the updates and be notified when the movie will be available. Just make sure and like the page and/or enter your email on the website.

 

What is your own personal film background?

 

It's pretty funny. My background is actually in music. I was in several high profile bands in Los Angeles many years ago. From there, I got into composing for movies and trailers. I found my way into acting, quite by accident - "acting" as a musician in a number of music videos for artists such as Anastasia, Ronan Keating, Alanis Morrissette and others. I started working in casting to pay the bills, got really good at directing actors, began writing... and here I am.

 

Do you have any interesting behind the scenes stories surrounding the making of this project?

 

Well, two come to mind. First, the whole way this movie was shot had not been done before. We had the actors in separate locations using Skype or iChat to act off of each other in real time. Their performances were captured by HD Camcorders (which really helped to simulate web-cameras). We seemed to always be racing against signal drops and that sort of thing. It took a lot of focus and concentration to keep everyone in the moment.

The second thing is that all of David's character's scenes were shot in my apartment. My apartment was the base-camp and so I bought all the food to feed everyone and kept in in my refrigerator. The first day of shooting, the refrigerator broke! And we ended up buying a whole lot of ice that week to keep the food from going bad.

 

Do you have any other films planned as of now?

 

I have Chatter 2 in the works, there is a monster in the forest script I have in my back pocket, and I am working on a social drama as well.

 

Have you been surprised by some of the favorable feedback you have received, as indie films do not always seem to get he press they deserve?

 

I am always extremely moved and grateful whenever we get positive feedback. My intention with whatever I am doing is to make a difference for people... to move people in some way. Knowing that this movie affected someone enough to reach out to me is really gratifying. Also, being accepted to Shriekfest (one of the most prestigious horror festivals), winning Best Experimental at LA Thriller Film Fest, being accepted to Innovative... all of that is amazing!

 

Are there any independent actresses or actors out there who in your opinion, really stand out?

 

Well, I gotta say, everyone in Chatter is a stand out. They are really amazing talented actors and great people to work with. I have known Brady Smith (my lead actor) for at least 15 years and have seen him do amazing work all over the place. Sarena Khan (my lead actress) is really amazing as well. I met her when I edited her acting reel. I knew I needed to find a way to work with her. Pete Capella, who plays David's friend Ted, gets really great responses from audiences every time we screen the movie. And for that matter, Richard Hatch (who was in Battlestar Galactica) is a huge supporter of indie film. Alison Haislip too. All really talented and really great people.

 

On the same hand, what do you feel makes a quality actor or actress?

 

Just being able to be in the moment. Be with anything going on in the moment. You can't really teach that, you know?  The actor has to discover that for themselves. A good director, teacher, etc, creates a space for them to find their truth in their performance.

 

Would you agree or disagree that there are just as many quality actors on the indie scene as in the mainstream?

 

I'd say there are more quality actors on the indie scene. And I say this only because such a small percentage actually get to "play" in the mainstream. There are so many actors out there, in the trenches, working their butts off... they all deserve to have their shot.

 

What would be, in your opinion, essentials for making a quality indie film, either short or feature?

 

The story. That's it really. Without a solid story and good script, you got nothing.

 

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Do you have any other means of social media such as a Facebook or the like, for keeping in touch with fans?

 

I am all over social media, haha, yes:

Facebook:

facebook.com/matthewsolomonfilms

facebook.com/chattermovie

Twitter: @mattytheglue

Website:

www.KungFuManFilms.com

www.FollowTheChatter.com

 

Do you have anything else you would like to include in this interview?

 

Just thank you for having a platform that promotes independent artists. Thank you for what you do. And thank you to everyone reading this and supporting indie filmmakers.

 

Closing comments?

 

If you are in Los Angeles on October 2nd, come and see Chatter @ Shriekfest! www.Shriekfest.com and tell your friends. And, follow us on Facebook so we can be connected.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Dale Pierce


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