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An Interview with Ray Karwel, Director of Time Again

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2012

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Your movie Time Again - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Time Again is an old school over the top tribute to 80’s action films. It's a wild Sci-Fi adventure into the notorious criminal underworld as a young waitress travels back in time repeatedly to change the course of events that led to the death of her sister.

 

With time travel being one of the central subjects of Time Again - is that something that holds a special fascination for you? And anything in science, movies, literature you based your movie's time travel-concept on?

 


I have always been fascinated with the idea of time travel and it only seemed right that my first feature would be a time travel movie. As a child growing up in the 60's I enjoyed TV shows like Time Tunnel and Twilight Zone. These shows were fun to watch and excited my imagination.

 

(Other) Sources of inspiration for your film?

 

Back to the Future and Run Lola Run. Die Hard was another one because of everything taking place in one building.

 

What can you tell us about your writing process, and what was your collaboration with your co-writers C.S. Hill and Debbie Glovin like?

 

Angela Rochelle, Tara Smoker

I woke up one day and had the idea for Time Again in my head. I quickly wrote it down and then over the course of a year C.S. Hill and I developed multiple drafts. When we were happy we had a shooting script, we passed it on to Debbie to cross the T's and dot the I's.

 

What can you tell us about your two leads Angela Rachelle and Tara Smoker? And how did you find them and what made them perfect for their roles?

 

The hardest parts to cast were Marlo and Sam. I needed two actresses that had chemistry and looked like sisters. I waited to see everyone that came in to audition and didn’t make my decision until the very last day.

 

A few words about the rest of your cast?

 

John T.Woods, Angela Rochelle

Everyone earned his or her part except for the Detective Lym and Old Lady roles. I worked with John T. Woods at Nu Image and I knew he was starting his career as an actor. I had the opportunity to check out some of his work and thought he would make a great action hero. When I wrote TIME AGAIN I wrote Detective Lym for him. When I finished the script I sent it to him and I was very happy when he agreed to take the part.

 

Gigi Perreau

For the Old Lady I knew I needed someone seasoned with experience to ground the movie. As casting was starting up I was talking to a friend of mine about casting the part of the Old Lady and she suggested Gigi Perreau. My friend knew Gigi personally and gave the script to her. I was excited because I was already a big fan of Gigi’s work. One of my favorite movies growing up was Journey to the Center of Time, and when Gigi agreed to do my movie I took this as a great omen.

 

How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?

 

I consider myself a "hands on director". That's why I like to work the camera. When you work the camera you're right there next to the actors and you can give them a quick adjustment and keep the camera rolling.

 

A few words about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?

 

This was a very ambitious shoot. I had all these setups I needed and very little time. We always kept the camera moving; and working with a great crew allowed me to get everything I needed.

 

What can you tell us about audience and critical reception so far?

 

I would say the reception has been great! Time Again had it’s world premiere at the Action on Film International Film Festival in July 2011, where it was nominated for the Action Film of the Year Award, and won an Award of Merit at The Accolade Competition in December 2011. It screened in 2012 at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and New York City's Winter Film Awards in February and the Bare Bones International Film Festival in April, where it was again nominated for Best Action Film. It also screened at the Phoenix Comicon in May 2012 and NewFilmmakers New York in July 2012. With great reviews and festival screenings it’s no wonder that Maxim Media International and Brain Damage Films acquired Time Again for distribution.

 

Let's go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal eductation on the subject?

 

Ray Karwel on set

I started making movies at an early age with my friends on the school playground. Although my life took me on a path totally away from movies, I never lost my passion for making films. After a 15 year career as a computer consultant, my love of moviemaking brought me to Hollywood in 2004 where I attended filmmaking/directing classes at the UCLA extension.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Time Again?

 

Prior to making Time Again I worked in various capacities on the production set and in several well-known production companies. I also worked as an assistant editor on a number of feature films. During my spare time I wrote Time Again, with the goal to make this my directorial debut.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Yes, I am working on a "Spy-Fi" script that I hope to start lensing next year.

 

Directors who inspire you?

 

There are so many. John Woo and Michael Bay for their use of angles and composition in action. Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese for their use of reveals, framing and color in visual storytelling. Robert Rodriguez for making things work. Quentin Tarantino for listening to people talk. I could go on and on.

 

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My favorite movies are Science Fiction and Action movies, but I will watch just about anything. No matter what I watch I find myself learning something about lighting, staging and/or editing. Sometimes it's how to do it and sometimes it's how not to do it.

 

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

 

Movie's website: http://www.nastystrangers.com/TimeAgain.html 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TimeAgainTheMovie 

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1388369 /

I'd like to give a shout out to the people at Alphadogs, the postproduction facility I used. Their color correction and sound mix took the movie to the next level. There website: http://www.4alphadogs.com 

 

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

 

Yes, I would like to thank my wife Carla for putting up with me through all this and to thank everyone for watching Time Again. Stay tuned this is only the beginning!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you for your support!

 

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