Monday, 13 August 2012

Moviebar August 2012 Postscript - Q & A


Jonathan Chance, Nic Sanchez and Ronnie Mackintosh provided films for our August MovieBar but unfortunately coudln't make it along on the nigh.t However they agreed to answer some questions via email and the resutl I've posted below for your pleasure.


Jonathan Chance - Timeslip - Q&A

1. What was the inspiration for the film?
We wanted to make an entertaining short but also with our films underneath there should be something to make you think. One may think today we are moving further in the world with technology and in many ways we are - but in someways as creatures of the earth we couldn't be further away. We wanted to touch on today's approach to the decline that essentially put us on top of the food chain - human survival. Basic skills replaced by the immediacy of consumerism. We take things for granted too often. So here you have today's modern man - and let's see how he copes in the land of men from yesteryear. All wrapped up in a sci-fi / fantasy based around the time slip phenomena.

2. How did you cast the film (friends or Shooting People etc...)?
When we write shorts for us to produce we know what we can do ourselves and build a unique story. On a grander scale involving a bigger production, budget people - we have plenty in mind we'd love to get involved and pitch had the opportunity from an investor etc arose.

3. Did you secure any funding or was it very low-budget?
Very low budget. We all love to do many roles in front and behind the camera. We want to make original film first and foremost - with budget or without. To prove you can make a quality film with next to nothing and spring people to imagine; what can they do with a indie budget or more behind them - if they can produce this with nothing!

4. I occasionally write with my brother so wondered how you found working with your brother? And sibling rivalry?
Haha! Richard and I get on well. I'm sure it maybe similar with you guys. If we quibble it's normally just creative differences. Only that type of thing. We like the same things and films etc so that helps. We are very meticulous about things, but it normally comes together nicely in the end!

5. How long did it take to complete? (writing/shooting/post-production?)
Eventually we were completed in April 2011 and we started in 2010. The shoot we filmed most over a few weeks then i got to work on post and we finished up fillers and other scenes when i was next over in England some months later. This was a bit unorthodox for us. But being that i live in the U.S and Richard is based in Essex, we work around to make it happen with the seasons. When I'm not over to shoot we're both working on writing, ideas, other projects - always working though! Right now between the distance we are working on The Last War where anyone get get involved with our next film details I'll say at the end!

6. Have you screened the film elsewhere or are you planning to?
It has played at about twelve festivals a lot in the U.S won an award and showed with a screening with a feature film with people behind Frighten Brighten. There will be more to follow in England and Europe and there's a couple in the states playing this month. We always update screenings on our website and IMDb so do check in those places to catch the film will play next.

7. Anything you can tell us about your next projects?
We have some things coming out first; a new version and cut of our debut feature which will be titled The Veil : Unmasked Edition with a different distribution, and a new treatment, will be available for instant streaming - the version always intended to be seen. We don't endorse the one that is out now - for many reasons. This new version will be better for everyone, it's better quality and the filmmakers will benefit from it unlike before. Check in at the website and like our facebook / twitter pages to support true independent film. It truly helps to get the word out about our films. We appreciate that. Also for updates when that will be available and eventually with a DVD later on in the year!

The Last War is an interactive project we are making and we need your help! We are looking for people to portray characters in a sci-fi feature based around a great story by Richard. We have a wonderful narrator, music, and making this interesting animated, film together where peoples images will portray characters in the epic story. Also looking for a guy that can do CGI characters, places too - So whether it be acting or modelling or a creative arts - you can be part of the next Chance Encounters film! Stop by there or get in contact with us at the Chance Encounters website.

Lastly, on a grander scale Richard I both have scripts we'd love to get in front of the right people to pitch things that we know can only be made with a budget, an indie budget even. Anyone of course please get in contact with out website!

Thank you everyone for showing up to watch our short and supporting independent film further. In a film world of repetition and mediocrity thank you for supporting independent and original film. For innovation not imitation! Thanks!

Nic Sanchez - It's Okay To Be Ginger - Q&A

1. What was the inspiration for the film?
My girlfriend is ginger. The film essentially wrote itself. I'm an American, and there's a children's show titled, "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood." If you know it, that should harken some idea of where the inspiration came from. Add in some late night binging of Christopher Guest's Best In Show and you have my reasoning.

2. How did you cast the film (friends or Shooting People etc...)?
Most of my casting was through a web site called StarNow. I essentially just contacted people who fit the description in the script and had an online portfolio to back them up. For Mr. Loddy, I scouted him in another short film called the "Quizmaster." I thought, "He's ginger, he's a good actor, he fits the bill." I contacted his agent and thankfully he was very happy to be a part of the project.

3. Did you secure any funding or was it very low-budget?
The film was made all out of my own pocket. I did get some extra funding from my girlfriend, so I have to give huge props to her for helping out with studio costs. Most of the set locations and props, and all of the crew and cast were all done as favours to the film. I am quite fortunate with my luck in making the film. From using the Prince Charles Cinema to having actors willing to do a 3-day 8 hour day shoot schedule.

4. How long did it take to complete? (writing/shooting/post-production?)
I went through about 7 drafts of the script, which spanned from about November of 2011 and finished about a month before shooting in March. The actual shoot was done over 3 days. We used 3 different cameras, and had loads of footage. I am quite keen on post-production so I spent many late nights stitching the film together. In total it was about 3 weeks to finish completely. There were 3 different versions made, and the final version being what is seen now.
5. Have you screened the film elsewhere or are you planning to?
The film was screened in London with Shortcutz and I have been selected to screen at the White Sands International Film Festival. I have applied to a wide gamut of festivals locally and abroad; hopefully there will be more screenings to come, but I really am fortunate to have anyone willing to show my work.   
6. Is there anything else you'd like to add about the making of the film?
Mainly, it's that this short film would not have been possible without the hours and hours of pre-production spent and the help I received along the away. This was truly a collaborative project, and a huge thanks to every person in the credits; this film would not have been possible without them. And finally, a huge thanks to events like your own who give my film the chance to be seen by others. I tip my drink in your honour.
7. Anything you can tell us about your next projects?
I am currently writing my next short - another mockumentary focusing on a different minority. Very excited for this one. It should be ready next year, and I'll make sure to send a copy!

Ronnie Mackintosh - Plagium - Q&A

1. What was the inspiration for the film?
The absolute basic kernel of the idea came about when I took my own daughter (who was about five at the time) to the cinema one afternoon. I had to go to the toilet (the price you pay for those large coke and popcorn combos). I asked her to come with me but she was really into the film and wouldn't budge. I made her promise not to move. And I was mid-pee when I had a panic attack - God Almighty! How could I leave her alone in that dark cinema! When i got back, she was, of course, absolutely fine, but as she watched the rest of the film, I was thinking of a new short script.

This was my second collaboration with the very talented director, Brady Hood. When I sent a rough draft of the script to Brady, he was out in Germany working with director Joe Wright on the brilliant feature, Hanna. For those who haven't seen Hanna, it has a strong Grimm's Fairytale thread that runs through it, so when Brady read the script, about a missing child, it connected strongly with him. Brady's previous films had also dealt with loss and he wanted to come at that theme from a different angle; how far one might be willing to go to keep a hold of their loved ones.

2. Do you know how the film was cast such as securing Jason Flemyng? Did you have any say in the decisions?
Again, all down to Brady. Jason had a role in Hanna and in addition to being a superbly talented actor, Brady found him to be a delightful man. On set he asked him if he would play the part and Jason was very happy to do so. It's actually Jason's real wife, Elly Fairman, who plays his wife in the short, and so from Brady's director's point of view, they already had that strong connection which allowed him to concentrate on breaking that bond down. Mention must be made of Eva Burke who plays the child, Katie. She wasn't a trained actress but after auditions, Brady felt that her innocence and lack of learned bad habits would allow her to bring so much more to the role, and how right he was. Eva does an amazing job.

3. Did the production secure any funding or was it very low-budget? (you don't need to give specific numbers)
There was no funding from the official avenues and so Brady put some money in, as did a friend of his, Andrew Butler, but they were still struggling when Seth Lochhead, the writer of Hanna stepped up and provided the majority of the finance. Brady says, "I love that man!". Well I've never met Seth, but let me tell you, so do I! As is the case for the majority of short films, the crew worked very hard for nothing and each and every one of them did a magnificent job.
4. How long did it take to complete? (writing/shooting/post-production?)
From start to finish, (terrifying cinema pee to 'that's a wrap') about six months. Brady and I developed the script while he was out in Berlin and then when he returned it was full steam ahead. The shoot took place over six days on three weekends. Not the best circumstances for Brady as it breaks the momentum of cast and crew, but it was just the only way.

5. Has the film been screened elsewhere or are their any plans to?
We've only recently started to look at putting the film out and it's shown so far at the Landed Festival in Wales, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival and the Write, Shoot, Cut film night in Edinburgh.
6. Anything you can tell us about your next projects?
At the end of last year I was very fortunate to get a place on the Network development programme and during that process, had the privilege of having producer, Ivana Mackinnon (Slumdog Millionaire, Eden Lake, The Descent Pt II, Centurion) as my mentor. With Ivana’s help I worked on a crime feature and that’s now one or two drafts away from a treatment that I’ll be satisfied with.
I’m also about to begin work on a new feature project with Brady and two other feature projects: one with Edinburgh filmmaker, David Lumsden, and another with Fife based actor/director John Yule (who directed a play I had on at the Edinburgh Fringe last year). They are all very different and each is at its own stage in initial development. I’ve also just finished a short that I’ve written for Estonian producer, Eero Talvistu. I'm actually off to Tallin to see Eero tonight which I why I can't make the Movie Bar night.
Thanks again to John, Nic and Ronnie for taking the time completing these Q&As for the MovieBar Blog and for agreeing to show their films on the night.
See you all next month!

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