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An Interview with Frank Martinez, Director of Dreaming Hollywood

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2022

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Your new movie Dreaming Hollywood - in a few words, what is it about?


A dark satire about a lonely ex-con driven to violence when he discovers that his precious movie idea has been stolen.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Dreaming Hollywood - and is any of it based on personal experience?


I thought it would be interesting to explore an untalented character's drive to be accepted as an industry luminary, only to have his dreams crushed in the most ironic way possible - his material being stolen. I have never been stolen from, I don't think, but I can be protective of my material.


To what extent could you actually identify with your film's lead character Ray?


I am like Ray in the same way that most of us are like Ray. We crave love, power, and acceptance.


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


My directorial approach ... I basically try not to think of my cinema heroes too much and prefer to let their influence come out instinctively as I write, direct, or compose shots.


You also appear in front of the camera in Dreaming Hollywood - so what can you tell us about your character, and did you write himself with yourself in mind from the get-go?


I needed a likable character to function as the cautionary tale. One who does his best to guide Ray during his ordeal. There was no one else to play him so I just jumped in.


Do talk about the rest of your movie's key cast, and why exactly these people?


We were blessed to just chance upon these wonderful actors. They were intrigued by the material so they would recommend their own set of friends to come up and audition. We got lucky, they were so talented.


Dreaming Hollywood features some wonderful and wonderfully fitting run-down locations - so how did you find them all, and what was it like filming there?


I've always been fascinated by desolate images, who knows why. I was in Palmdale, CA, and I would look upon the vast barren land and thought, "I'll do my exteriors here." Shooting there was fine except for some very cold days.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


The on-set atmosphere was loose. We all encouraged each other and we would do minimal takes. Very little tension.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Dreaming Hollywood?


There have been some very good reviews. Typically when something negative was said in a review they would counter with something that impressed them. That's fair. 

At our premiere screening, the audience laughed at most of the right spots and gasped at most of the right spots. After it was over, most everyone stayed in the lobby to celebrate each other's contributions.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


We are developing a more conventional project, less quirk, more straight-ahead horror. Don't know if we'll produce it but we hope to at least pitch the script around.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?


I would daydream a lot as a kid, not realizing that I wanted to make movies all along. Then, in my 30s, I went to a year of film school and then decided to leave to and into the ring, ignorant and green.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Dreaming Hollywood?


My film work prior to Dreaming Hollywood was just some silly YouTube videos, and I did write and produce an irreverent family comedy short called Heirloom.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Me as a director? Hmmm... .I love people being themselves. I require minimal takes. Actors can improvise sometimes, not always. I don't yell, but I do regret a few times when I behaved a little too precious. I'm growing. I want people to be happy and feel inspired when working with me.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


The Coens, David Lynch, Lumet, Lean, Kubrick, Tarantino, Alan Parker, Almodovar, Scorcese, DePalma, Friedkin, Curtiz... goes on and on...


Your favourite movies?


Falcon and the Snowman, Network, Exorcist, The Omen, Rosemary's Baby, Caine Mutiny, Mildred Pierce, Carrie... goes on and on...


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


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Do I deplore any? Hmmmm... the ones that preach to us or that treat us like we're not intelligent.


Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?


You can find us at @dreaminghollywoodfilm on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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


Something I am dying to mention?? Yessss... watched a French movie called Titane. Mind-blowing Enjoy!


Thanks for the interview!


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