Your new movie Hang Up!
- in a few words,
what is it about?
Think of the film as a butt dial gone
wrong. Your cell phone accidently calls someone while youíre unbeknownst
of this, and the person on the other end who you accidently called, can
now hear what you are currently saying.
How did the project come into being in
the first place, and who gave the initial spark?
came about when unfortunately, a prior film we were going to produce fell
through. And of course, we still wanted to shoot something, so we quickly
began to figure out what we could shoot with the resources we had. And Hang Up!
was born shortly after.
Itís a very simple but
brilliant premise (no pun intended) for what limited resources we had at
the time. A cell phone butt dial gone wrong, so much can be done with that
premise, and anyone who sees the film will understand what I mean. Hang Up!
is compiled of so much talent and dedicated individuals to the craft,
and it shows! We are all very proud of how the final film turned out.
were the challenges of getting Hang Up!
made from a producer's
point of view?
From a producer stand point, Iím most of
the time going to say first is the budget. With enough money, you can
usually acquire what you need and/or want. But thankfully with this great
little script, with the premise it had, it didnít really come down to
the money. I would say it really came down to the right cast. Our location
thankfully wasnít too much of an issue and we only needed one, which
definitely makes production overall cheaper! The trickiest part I would
say was probably trying to align everybodyís schedules.
You've worked with
director Richard Powell [Richard
Powell interview - click here] before on numerous occasions - so
what was your collaboration like on this particular shoot, and how has
your producer/director relationship evolved over the years?
I would say our collaboration on this shoot was essentially the same as all
of our shoots, plus I might have worn a couple more hats but to be honest,
thatís nothing new. My relationship with Richard over the years has
evolved in ways that I feel only makes us stronger, to kno one another
better and have a better understanding of one another. Only making all
areas of production that much smoother.
can you tell us about Hang Up!'s key cast, and to what extent were
you involved in the film's casting process?
The key cast for Hang Up!
was comprised of a few actors I have had the
pleasure of working with on previous film(s). So, I knew they were all
capable of portraying these characters Richard has created. And working
with Robert Nolan [Robert
Nolan interview - click here], who is the only face on camera the entire film, it was
very imperative we cast someone who can express a lot and emote a lot of
emotion without speaking. And with Robert Nolan, we had absolutely no
doubt at all, that he was the perfect candidate for this role. I donít
want to leave out the always amazing Astrida Auza and Jane Pokou for their tremendous efforts
in making this film what it is today!
The extent of myself being a part of the casting process was basically
Richard and I having a conversation about casting Hang Up!
out these characters and exactly what we needed from them.
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
on-set atmosphere was great! Being such a small and intimate production,
where principle photography only partook at one location made the shoot
very smooth and fun. Iíd like to thank again our fabulous AD Greg
Machula, for letting us use his apartment to film this movie, which was
basically exactly how Richard envisioned the location in the film.
at what stage of post-production is Hang Up!
now, and any idea when
and where it might be released onto the general public?
film is currently completed post production, and is being submitted to the
festival circuit as we speak, the film will be premiering this fall! Stay
tuned to all of our social media platforms for the official announcements!
future projects you'd like to talk about?
There are many
future and upcoming projects we are currently working on. I donít want
to mention any particular names of any projects because names always
change. But what I can say is there is a short film anthology we are
working on, and Hang Up!
is part one. The feature film version of Familiar is also
in the works as well as a couple other feature films we are trying to get
off the ground.
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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to
I could not end this interview without my extreme graciousness of
working with some of the wonderful peers who made this film possible.
Producer Marc Roussel [Marc
Roussel interview - click here], who without him all of our
terrific post production could not have been facilitated. DP extraordinary
Michael Jari Davidson, who has shot and lit another gorgeous and sexy Fatal
Pictures film. And the absolute brilliant score from Christopher
Guglick. And finally, I just want to personally thank you for taking the
time to talk to me about my upcoming film and future projects and always
supporting us at Fatal
Pictures. It means a lot to Richard and myself.
for the interview!