2) What was the final price tag for this
The budget of the film was about $8,500, give or take a few dollars.
3) You say that you took the prize money from
a Chapman University film festival to make this film. Where did
you get the money for the rest of this?
The rest of the money came form my college loans. I used the money
that was sanctioned for my living expenses. I wasn't living very
well during the two years it took to make the film, in fact, I had
to move back in with my parents.
4) How did you react to seeing your masterpiece
crammed down to 5 frames a second in Real Video?
5) How has the reaction been, to your movie,
since you’ve had it on the Internet?
The reaction has been very decisive. People either like it or they
hate it. I think some people might be offended by how I use religion
in the film, but I think if they look very closely they'll notice
that it is actually a very moral tale. In the end neither the son
or the mother wins because both of their motives are flawed.
6) You’re working through a lot of heavy psyche
stuff in this movie. Wouldn’t it be easier or cheaper just to go
to a shrink?
In the end a shrink will be more expensive and probably less therapeutic.
7) You sound like you’re really angry at Hollywood. Are you condemning
yourself to a life of maxing out credit cards and eating mac and
cheese, by pissing off Hollywood?
The only problem I have with Hollywood is how they view the audience.
People will go to the movies regardless of whether a film is bad
or good. It's an escape for most people, much like sporting events.
So, I believe if that's the case why not put the best product out
there possible. The audiences are a lot smarter than Hollywood gives
them credit for.
8) You say that you’re trying to make stories
about, "the common man and woman trying to make good in a world
where virtue is a four-letter word." What movie other than
your own do you feel is a good example of this feeling.
Any film by Frank Capra. Most any film by Woody Allen, most
of his characters are heavily flawed, which is fantastic and real.
Any of the films by the Italian neo-realists, The Bicycle Thief
9) What else do you want people to know about
you or your movie?
Making a film is a collaborative effort and I had many talented
people in many departments working with me. Whatever value people
see in this film it is a credit to them.
10) What did I forget to ask you?
Who is your favorite filmmaker or what is your favorite film? I
hate those questions. Thank you for not asking them.
Ready for the Lightning Round?
Favorite Sound? Light rain
Favorite Touch? Anywhere on a women's
Favorite Smell? Spring
boxers or briefs? Boxers
Dinette Set or trip to Europe? Dinette
set, more practical.
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