Your upcoming film My Reprisal - in a few words, what is it
going to be about?
Itís about being driven to the very edge. Finding yourself in
situations you really donít want to be in and canít seem to get out
of. Itís about putting the viewer right into the front seat of an event
that haunts every mother and father. And its about choosing to overcome
your burdens or letting them eat you alive.
My Reprisal's two-part
structure - in a nutshell, why choose that approach?
donít usually write small concepts. I love simplicity but I like a lot
of it. My real passion is in epic fantasy films. I downsized in terms of
story for this particular concept. It was you could say ďa stepping
stoneĒ to much bigger things to come.
were your inspirations when writing My Reprisal, and how close to your
heart are some of
the topics your film touches?
The film's extremely personal
to me. All the topics are close to the chest for me. You could say most of
it is fact with a decent sprinkling of fiction to make it interesting. I
wonít say what happened to me and what didnít. Iíd rather leave that
up to the viewers to decide what was real and what wasnít. Gotta give
them something to do. Also, my animation/writing mentor insisted that I
write something. He apparently liked something of mine he had read and
said I need to learn to write.
you tell us about your writing partner Russ Welsh [Russ
Welsh interview - click here], and what was your
I was introduced to Russ by my animation/writing mentor. He
insisted that I take an interest in Russ. When I did, I found a person
that had been to hell and back. I also found a person that had a deep
desire for writing fantastic and fun films. We quickly became friends and
I asked him to come on board and help me write my concept.
Script in hand, how did the project fall together in the first
Word of mouth.
What can you tell us about the intended look and
feel of your movie?
I really wanna start with warm colours
and have the film eventually end up in black and white through slow loss
of colour, but I want it to be a subtle change. Nothing drastic to put the
Do talk about your key cast and crew
for a bit, and how did you all come together?
the biggest Island in the world, but it is an island none the less.
Eventually everyone in this line of work hears about everyone. I basically
just did a lot of my own personal networking and did some work here and
there with a few friends. Then I started my own projects, met new talents
and through in-depth conversation, I slowly started adding people to the
mix. Now we have a very successful industry professional that has worked on
many well known films and jack and we are working together to get the film
off the ground. Anything this large and complex CAN take a little while.
As far as
I know, the film is still in pre-production - so what's the schedule, and
any idea when the film might be released yet (and yes, I do know it's
waaay too early to ask)?
Too early to tell.
Any future projects beyond My
As I said earlier, this is merely a taste of
whatís to come.
What got you into filmmaking in the first
place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
an early age I told lots of lies. Dad told me I should become a
politician, but the idea of being hated and forgotten did not appeal to
me. The idea of being able to tell stories and be liked for it
however was extremely appealing. I begged my mother to send me to film
school and she did. I use to skip high school classes to go and film my
own stories. It quickly became clear to me that I was right where I
belong. I actually failed film and television at highschool because
I was off doing my own films. So eventually even training became boring. I
just went my own route and it's been working out pretty good so far.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to My Reprisal?
had 6 months left of animation training and my father became ill with
cancer. I threw in the towel and got stuck back into making films.
He died and I never got to show him my passion and my abilities and say
ďthis is what I do instead of politicsĒ. He made it clear he was very
proud of me for doing what I love and not giving a stuff what anyone else
thinks or says. I've been making short films ever since. I am
currently working on 7 short films so far this year. An anthology
and a couple of others projects I have latched onto.
would you describe yourself as a filmmaker?
Iíve been told at times I can be too flexible and I couldnít agree
more. I do however insist on quality.
who inspire you?
Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Johnny
Depp, Tim Burton, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino.
Your favourite movies?
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Iron Man 1, American Psycho, Lord of the Rings,
Life of Pi, anything made
my my fav filmmakers.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Anything made by
Michael Bay really... not really a fan of the chap that made The Human
Centipede either. WTH to that!
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
Pictures is where you will find me and my work. It's on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quantum-Light-Pictures/188907941167501. Why pay
for advertising when Facebook can do it for you for free?
you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I really wanna get Michael C. Hall on my film. Do you know his
for the interview!