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He played in Paul Mortsolf‘s Dollar Baby Rest Stop as Extra.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Luis Delgado: Of course! My name is Luis Delgado and I have regular warehouse job like most. But I’m also a musician and a frontman for Southern California’s Premiere Pantera tribute Trendkill Revolution.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Luis Delgado: I’ve been in performing arts for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a child I was in school plays or playing in a band. I was also in advanced drama classes all the way from middle school to high school. Just never “grew out” of it I guess.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Rest Stop Dollar Baby film?

Luis Delgado: I’ve been friends with Joe, Clay and Chris for well over a decade at this point. Joe and I used to work retail together and always talked about making horror movies or playing metal music together. We never lost touch and fat forward to now and were finally making it happen.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Luis Delgado: I think people relate to things that are possible. Where is easy to put yourself in the shoes of the characters and almost live vicariously through them. Plus, we all like a good scare

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Luis Delgado: Since all I did acting wise for the film was be an extra, they just asked and I came down. No lines or rehearsing was needed. As for helping with the music, Joe asked me if I wanted to lend an idea or something to the film. Having my own band and also being best friends with Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves, I asked him and my guitar player Jason Chavez to help with some ideas. They ended up suing some of those for the film and the trailer.

SKSM: You worked with Paul Mortsolf on this film, how was that?

Luis Delgado: This was my first time meeting Paul. He’s a very nice guy. Alot of the same interests as Joe and Clay, so we got along great.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Luis Delgado: Meeting Amanda Wyss was a pretty big deal for me. I’ve been a fan of her since I was a kid. We all remember the first time we saw A Nightmare On Elm Street and her death scene is beyond iconic. She was so nice and letting my wife and I geek out for a bit talking horror was alot of fun.

Plus, all the old inside jokes Joe, Clay, Chris, my wife and I had just came flooding back. So lots of laughing and goofing off in between takes and stuff.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Luis Delgado: As I said before. Joe, Clay and Chris will always be in my life. They’re stuck with me. Ha! Paul and I have kept in contact through Facebook as well as their social media manager, Brooke.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Luis Delgado: Nothing really out of the ordinary. Just the basic day to day job and also playing shows with my band. We just completed a special show for the 25th Anniversary of Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven album. We played it in its entirety.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Luis Delgado: Oh yeah! I feel everyone really should be, but horror fans in general. Hes got some of my favorite stories growing up.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Luis Delgado: There isn’t much at all really. I’m pretty blunt, so what you see is what you get.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Luis Delgado: Nothing other than keep giving indie horror a chance. Some of the best stuff we got going on right now aren’t from the big studios.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Luis Delgado: If you’re a fan of Pantera please check out my tribute band on FB at https://facebook.com/thetrendisdead and also Doc Coyle and the rest of Bad Wolves new album N.A.T.I.O.N. which came out a couple of weeks ago. And of course anything from Seven Faces Films, I’m sure Paul and guys are going to come up and surprise people with some great stuff in the future.

 

He is the man behind One For The Road Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Noah Bunyan: My name is Noah Bunyan and I am a film major at the New York School of Visual Arts studying to become a movie director. I’m a longtime fan of Stephen King and Dollar Babies was a perfect chance to merge two of my interests.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?

Noah Bunyan: For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker and create art for people to view and enjoy.

SKSM: When did you make One for the Road? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Noah Bunyan: I worked on One for the Road from last November to last May. The production was only about five hundred dollars and I filmed it all in two days on a set. A majority of the time I worked went into writing, casting, and editing the film.

SKSM: How come you picked One for the Road to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Noah Bunyan: I love Salem’s Lot, I love vampires, I thought I could make a dynamic bottle film with the setting and characters, and I’ve always wanted to film something with a snowstorm setting. One for the Road as a story creates this great sense of desperation and isolation and I wanted to as much as I could capture that in my film.

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1? Was it just a wild guess or did you know it before you sent him the check?

Noah Bunyan: I discovered Dollar Babies through a friend, and was very excited to learn that for just $1 I could direct my own film taking from Stephen King’s stories and ideas.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Noah Bunyan: There was this hilarious moment when the whole set kind of broke down for about ten minutes. I had attempted to construct a machine that would shoot fake blood through a hose out of one of the actors by their neck for an effects scene and… it didn’t work. So, there’s about ten minutes of behind the scenes footage of me trying to use my own mouth to blow the fake blood out of the hose(also didn’t work). It was a lot thicker than I thought it would be and we ended up having to water it down and rework the scene on the spot. So, that’s just one of the surprises that can happen when you don’t test the effects beforehand.

SKSM: How does it feel that all the King fans out there can’t see your movie? Do you think that will change in the future? Maybe a internet/dvd release would be possible?

Noah Bunyan: I’m saddened that I can’t show the film I worked on to a larger audience, and hope this will change in the future. An internet/ dvd release would honestly be awesome to see, with a variety of short films from lesser known creators who are still starting out.

SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?

Noah Bunyan: I’ve received mostly positive feedback, but there have been some bad reviews. We had some problems filming, mostly on account of the low budget. It was about 500 dollars to shoot so we had to find creative ways to cut corners with making the script feasible to shoot.

SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?

Noah Bunyan: Not currently, but I’ve been looking at options.

SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?

Noah Bunyan: I’m a longtime Stephen King fan, I have been since my first year of high school. My favorite books of his are The Shining, It, Cycle of The Werewolf, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Salem’s Lot. The original tv miniseries version of Salem’s Lot is where I got my inspiration for what spun into some pretty unique designs for the vampires in the film, and I do love the movie Silver Bullet, which is an adaption of Cycle of The Werewolf. It’s a movie where Gary Buddy builds a rocket powered wheelchair and fights a werewolf which is exactly what I want out of my cinema. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon hasn’t yet gotten a film adaptation, but it has a pop up book which is pretty cool.

SKSM: Did you have any personal contact with King during the making of the movie? Has he seen it (and if so, what did he think about it)?

Noah Bunyan: I did not have much contact with King during the production of the film, but I read his original short story multiple times in preparation. I also read Salem’s Lot. I just sent it in to him to watch, and I’m waiting patiently and excitedly to hear what he has to say. Hopefully good things!

SKSM: Do you have any plans for making more movies based on Stephen King’s stories? If you could pick -at least- one story to shoot, which one would it be and why?

Noah Bunyan: I’m thinking about it, maybe one of the Dollar babies again? It was an amazing amount of fun doing my first dollar baby. I’ve got pitches for some of his larger or more well known stories if I ever get big in the movie industry. I have pitches for days. Salem’s Lot remake, a dark, Midsommer inspired Children of The Corn movie, a six to eight episode tv show interpretation of The Shining that could really do the book justice. Maybe I’d cut the hedge animals, but everything else from The Shining book is gold. I’d try to keep some of Kubrick’s set design and cinematography, but the book has a lot of untapped potential. There was a lot that didn’t make it into the movie.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Noah Bunyan: I’m working on another short film. It’s a dark comedy based around the seedy underbelly of Times Square Street Performers. I’ll probably put it up on YouTube when it’s done so you can look forward to that. I’ve also got a silent short film in the early stages. Bigfoot is in it.

SKSM: What one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Noah Bunyan: I’m a screenwriter and a director, I’m a big movie and book guy, but I have other interests. I love to draw, for example.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Noah Bunyan: Stephen King’s Dollar Babies are great, and it allows anyone to make a Stephen King movie. I 100% recommend anyone with an interest in Stephen King and filmmaking take the opportunity and hopefully someday we can get more of a release of these great films made by creators who haven’t yet made a name for themselves.

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Noah Bunyan: I would like to thank the amazing cast and crew that helped me along the way making my film. I would have crashed and burned without these amazing people helping me every step of the way: Bill Kozy, Jose Sanchez, Adam Files, Chelsea Logan, Sophie Larin, Matt Yturralde, Jacob Gardner, Sharon Bar Lev, Isabella Granada, Brendan Letitzia, Ethan Hoffman, and Christopher Elzy.

She played in Will Patrick Roberts‘ Dollar Baby Morning Deliveries as Mrs. Driscoll.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Lorna Hughes: My name’s Lorna Hughes. I live on an old sheep farm in the North Wales countryside with my husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs and a cat. There’s never a quiet moment in our house!! We’re directors in a few businesses including a brewery, pizza restaurant and wine bar so are never stuck for somewhere nice to eat and drink!

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Lorna Hughes: Acting has been a big part of my life since I was at school and discovered the drama group. I was a shy child but acting really brought me out of myself and enabled me to become different people who did things I never would, which did wonders for my self confidence. That’s the thing I love most about acting.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Morning Deliveries Dollar Baby film?

Lorna Hughes: I was told by my friend and fellow actor, Landon Sweeney, that the director of the film was looking for someone to play a small role and that he’d suggested me as he knew I was a massive Stephen King fan. Naturally I jumped at the chance!

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Lorna Hughes: Everyone loves a psychopath! You certainly wouldn’t expect it to be your seemingly innocent, local neighbourhood milkman who delivers your milk on a daily basis but that’s what makes it so unexpected and terrifying!!

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Lorna Hughes: As I said above, I was suggested for the part by Landon who plays Spike the Milkman in the film and then was contacted by Will, the director.

SKSM: You worked with Will Patrick Roberts on this film, how was that?

Lorna Hughes: Will’s great, very friendly and helpful. He gave good direction and had very clear ideas of how he wanted the film to look and feel.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Lorna Hughes: Will had the idea that he wanted the film to look like it was shot in the Eighties so we had to run around the kitchen where my scene was filmed making sure there were no ítems such as Apple watches or laptops or any other anachronisms in view!

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Lorna Hughes: Absolutely – I work with Landon Sweeney (Spike) and Lara Crawford (Mother) quite often on stage.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Lorna Hughes: I’m currently rehearsing the role of Laura Lyons in the Hound of the Baskervilles which will be on at Theatr Colwyn in Colwyn Bay at the end of January 2020.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Lorna Hughes: I’m a massive fan!!! I’ve read nearly all of his novels, excluding the Dark Tower series, and consider him my favourite author of all time. I’m really looking forward to seeing the film adaptation of Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, which comes out this week.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Lorna Hughes: A few years ago, I appeared on the BBC One quiz show, Pointless, with my then boss. We got through to the final but didn’t know anything about Iris Murdoch’s novels so didn’t win the money but I do have a coveted Pointless trophy!!!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Lorna Hughes: Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the film!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Lorna Hughes: I loved every minute of being in this film and would like to thank you for asking to speak with me.

He played in Ali Cocks’ Dollar Baby Vinton’s Lot as Tim Grunwald.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Sam Christie: I work as a documentary filmmaker, generally making socially engaged films. I’ve recently returned from Kosovo where I was making a doc and spent time in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2016 making a couple of films over there. Prior to that I worked for the environmental organisation the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth. Basically my world is generally non fiction and the last thing I thought I’d do is act in a film. My website is here if you want to know more: https://www.drsamchristie.com/

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Sam Christie: I have acting in the family, but as far as I was concerned I wanted to play music and make films. I was attracted to non-fiction. So in answer to this, I never thought I’d act really

SKSM: How did you become involved in Vinton’s Lot Dollar Baby film?

Sam Christie: Jamie Dearden, a friend of mine, secured the Dollar Baby shortly after I moved back to Wales. He thought I would make a good Tim. I wasn’t so sure, but I admire people who get things done, especially against the odds, so I agreed to be a part of it.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Sam Christie: This story is no easy story to tell filmically. Even as a fiction film virgin I could see this one would be hard to make. The story, however, like much of Stephen King’s stuff is multi-layered. He’s got some serious stuff going on in this. One of the things that I think attracted Jamie was the fact that he could show off the wonderful landscape we have here in Wales in the film. I also think that he was attracted to the intelligence of the dialogue. I mean, to adapt a script, you need something to get your teeth into.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Sam Christie: I have a horrible feeling that Jamie had me in mind all along. I still don’t know why, haha. I didn’t have to audition though as he seemed clear he could see me as an evil property shyster.

SKSM: You worked with Ali Cocks on this film, how was that?

Sam Christie: Ali is great. Now I’m not just being sycophantic here. She organised so much, made something happen with next to no money and then, when I couldn’t imagine we’d reach the finish line, collated and edited the footage. What she managed to do was find a film in what we had shot. For much of the production phase I wasn’t sure we even had a film. I’m seriously grateful to her and will work with her again in a shot.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Sam Christie: Well when we were shooting the nasty scene where I’m yelling and pointing a gun at her after every take I’d be apologising and then straight back into character to do it again. It’s weird playing a part like this. I’d say I wasn’t a psychopath but you can never know for sure. I’m pretty sure Jamie was convinced I was – after filming he might have changed his mind J

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Sam Christie: Yes. I see Ali and Jamie a lot and as for the rest of them, yes they’re a great bunch of people and I’d like to do something with them again. To be honest I’d like to see what this crew could do with a budget.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Sam Christie: I’m working on a film about Coleg Harlech, a second chance higher education college in Wales that is being sold off cheaply. It’s a complex documentary that’s been really tough to make, but I’m trying to point out that we need, more than ever, to have education and culture at the core of our societies across the world. If you want to know more, have a look at an article I wrote about the film here   https://www.planetmagazine.org.uk/planet-extra/requiem-coleg-harlech

And more importantly, if you want to make the world a better place (and you’re rich), buy the place and turn it back to what it once was

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Sam Christie: Big time. He’s a legend. What I like about Stephen King is the subtext. He’s a genius at telling an engaging story that lightly conceals a wider meaning. My love of The Shining endures and the book is so different from the film. In SK’s book the difference from the film comes out most noticably in the crazy boiler scene in my opinion. Reading his words I was in the boiler room.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Sam Christie: I wear my heart on my sleeve. I think that people know more or less all there is to know and what they don’t will stay there thanks very much.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Sam Christie: It a great idea to do this. So basically anyone, from the expereinced to the poor enthusiast can have a go at adapting this iconic writer’s work.

 

 

She is the woman behind Vinton’s Lot Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Ali Cocks: I run my own Aerial fitness company in Aberystwyth and guest lecture on a theatre module in Aberystwyth University. I have a long history in theatre making and performance mainly one woman shows. But have appeared in a few feature films and TV productions… this is because I’m very old ha ha!

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?

Ali Cocks: I have made a couple of documentries and one other fiction film in the last 10 years. I have always been involved in film theatre TV and performance, one way or another!

SKSM: When did you make Vinton’s Lot? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Ali Cocks: We made Vinton’s Lot over the Summer of 2019 and I have just finished the edit. We had no budget at all. My X boyfriend who is a very sucessful actor provided the money to buy the so needed Porto loo and fortunately I have friends in very beautiful locations who allowed us to film in and around their homes. There’s a scene involving me being soaked in human excrement within the toilet. We made this pooh mixture from porrige, cocoa, soup and earth. It was cold and unpleasent on my skin! But I survived!

SKSM: How come you picked A very tight place to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Ali Cocks: J D Dearden choose the story and I think he made a great choise as it is deliciously dark and quite funny.

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1? Was it just a wild guess or did you know it before you sent him the check?

Ali Cocks: J D Dearden can answer this better than I.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Ali Cocks: Many! But one that comes to mind is that in one scene myself and the other leading actor Sam Christie  had to act out him jabbing me with his rifle. We are both very polite people and after the nastiness of that scene he was very concerned and polite he may have hurt me. My reaction was equally polite and he hadn’t… Such a lovely out take as we go from being fictionally horrible people to actually delightful in 1 second. I think this shows how British we are!

SKSM: How does it feel that all the King fans out there can’t see your movie? Do you think that will change in the future? Maybe a internet/dvd release would be possible?

Ali Cocks: Yes that is indeed a shame. Hopefully it will change, afterall theres a great deal of time and commitment involved in film and it would be good to get public reaction.

SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?

Ali Cocks: We are not at that stage yet.

SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?

Ali Cocks: We should do that!

SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?

Ali Cocks: I am actually. As a young person I read a lot of his books. Misery is amazing.

SKSM: Did you have any personal contact with King during the making of the movie? Has he seen it (and if so, what did he think about it)?

Ali Cocks: Not yet it only got posted yesterday!

SKSM: Do you have any plans for making more movies based on Stephen King’s stories? If you could pick -at least- one story to shoot, which one would it be and why?

Ali Cocks: I haven’t thought about it really but I certainly wouldnt refuse…

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Ali Cocks: Having only just finished this film I am catching up with the rest of my life! When I have the time I will think of a new project… I would like to work with Sam Christie again he is a great actor.

SKSM: What one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Ali Cocks: I had my car blown up by Scotland yard on the Strand in London in 2001 they thought there was a bomb in it but it was just my stereo speaker!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Ali Cocks: Vinton’s Lot is worth a watch! Believe me.

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Ali Cocks: Anything is possible in this life and lack of money doesnt have to be an issue. Imagination is everything! And possibly better equiptment than what we had ! 😀😀

 

He played in Will Patrick Roberts‘ Dollar Baby Morning Deliveries as Spike Milligan.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Landon Sweeney: I’m Landon, 38 named after the actor Michael Landon, my day today job is that of a town ranger assisting the police. I also act as much as possible in the free time I have, along with the film work I appear in many plays and musicals in the local area.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Landon Sweeney: I took part in a school musical many years ago (half a sixpence) and had the bug ever since, acting is so much fun and each new part is something different.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Morning Deliveries Dollar Baby film?

Landon Sweeney: I saw a message online asking for actors, as a big Stephen King fan I knew I had to be in it so offered my services, had no idea I’d end up on the poster and the lead part that was a happy bonus.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Landon Sweeney: Everyone of a certain age remembers the local milkman, we all had one back in the day. To think that this innocent person maybe killing locals off has a very dark twist and is a fabulous story.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Landon Sweeney: I sent a video in of me saying some of the words and was offered the part.

SKSM: You worked with Will Patrick Roberts on this film, how was that?

Landon Sweeney: He is very keen, very open to listening to ideas and has his own focus and vision of how he wants the film to be. And a very kind and friendly person to boot.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Landon Sweeney: When out filming in the early hours of the morning Will was stopped by the police and questioned as to what he was up to sneaking around ally ways at that time of the morning, had to explain he was filming a killer milkman

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Landon Sweeney: Yes a lot of the actors in the film were people I recommended so work regularly with them

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Landon Sweeney: Currently in the final stages of rehearsing the stage play of the TV classic Allo Allo, I’ll be playing the part of Rene at theatr Colwyn starting on November 14th. Tickets available at theatrcolwyn.co.uk

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Landon Sweeney: Yes love all his stuff and the film Stand By Me based on The Body is my all time favourite film.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Landon Sweeney: I’ve never watched the sound of music.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Landon Sweeney: If you enjoyed it feel free to send me a message to say hi 🙂

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Landon Sweeney: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, good luck and have a fabulous rest of 2019 and beyond.

 

 

He played in Alexander Jones’ Dollar Baby Stationary Bike as Richard.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Kwesi Davies: Hello, my name is Kwesi Debi Davies, I am a proud and blessed husband, father, son, brother, cousin, teacher, coach, actor and many other things at different times… it never ends!

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Kwesi Davies: When I was younger. I immediately felt at home on stage. As a child in school, I remember feeling really happy and comfortable whenever drama lessons happened. I wanted to perform for my peers, teachers and adults around. I loved it. That’s when I thought acting was for me.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Stationary Bike Dollar Baby film?

Kwesi Davies: Well it was quite nice in its simplicity. The director Alexander Haydn Jones -who was absolutely fantastic to work with and is a really top man- contacted me and said he wanted me to be part of the project and it went from there.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Kwesi Davies: For me there is a lot, the idea of love, real connection to someone that you want to be with, with all your heart and means the world to you. Loss and then final a new beginning, with optimism and possibilities.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Kwesi Davies: Well it wasn’t written for me I had to audition but I didn’t have the same negative feelings associated with other auditions. I think that’s because of Alexander and his team.

SKSM: You worked with Alexander Jones on this film, how was that?

Kwesi Davies: Amazing as I said earlier, working with him, his team and my costar Lily Streames was great. Alexander really encourages you and is positive with you. As an actor that is so important and refreshing.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Kwesi Davies: Well, I remember having to take lots of care in the house that we were filming in…

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Kwesi Davies: I still follow Alexander and Katie Ward on social media. I’m interested in what they do.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Kwesi Davies: For now, I’ve given acting a rest. Getting married and becoming a father has made me think about things differently and I wanted more stability for myself and my family so I’ve been teaching and coaching. But I’ll always love acting.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Kwesi Davies: Yes… it’s scary, I try not to watch too much scary stuff, but sometimes I can’t help it.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Kwesi Davies: I’ve had to recover from major illness in my twenties to establish myself as I am now and it wasn’t easy.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Kwesi Davies: Thank you and I hope you enjoy it. Amongst all the work, my favourite bit was taking the bike down the road for the final shot and all the positivity associated with that.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Kwesi Davies: Yes, it wasn’t my bike! 🤣 😃

 

She played in Alexander Jones’ Dollar Baby Stationary Bike as Richard’s wife.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Lily Streames: I am a London based Actress. I do a range of different kinds of work which always keeps things interesting, in the past year I have worked on various screen projects as well as theatre and I am currently in Spain rehearsing for four plays which will tour Europe for the next 8 months. Recently I have turned my hand to other areas of the industry having directed a show in the summer. I also own a theatre company and am currently writing and producing a couple of shows too. It is always fun to expand skills sets.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Lily Streames: I knew I wanted to become an actress from a very early age. I always felt at home in the theatre and being dramatic was definitely one of my natural talents!

SKSM: How did you become involved in Stationary Bike Dollar Baby film?

Lily Streames: I saw a post online by the film’s producer Katie with the casting breakdown and so I wrote to them asking for an audition. I sent off a tape and the rest is history.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Lily Streames: Stephen King’s work has enticed film makers for decades. There is something about his work that is totally relatable. It taps into our deepest fears and realises them in a way that feels as if it could actually happen. With Stationary Bike for instance we see a man who is ridden with loss and guilt. As an audience we can totally relate to his character. There are no monsters or gauls only pure psychological drama and for me that is scary!

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Lily Streames: I did have to audition. I didn’t know anyone related to the project until then. However I have since worked with Alex again playing a part he wrote for me so sometimes it is who you know!

SKSM: You worked with Alexander Jones on this film, how was that?

Lily Streames: Alexander is a total joy to work with: he is a generous, creative and thoughtful director who makes his actors feel completely relaxed on set. I feel blessed to have worked with such a talented director and he has become a great friend of mine.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Lily Streames: My scenes in the film are all memories and we filmed those parts on a super 8 film camera which was exciting. My favourite moment was when Alex let Kwesi and I take the camera and play around making ‘home movies’. We were being so silly, I was doing a welcome to my crib style tour of the house whilst wearing a sieve on my head, we couldn’t stop laughing.

We stayed in the house we were filming in for the shoot days and I loved the moments after we wrapped for the day, eating chinese takeaways and getting to know one another.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Lily Streames: I still have contact with most people on the shoot. We don’t see each other often but like I mentioned before I worked on Alex’s most recent film this year The Night We Met and most of the crew were the same so it was really nice to see everyone again.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Lily Streames: I am currently in Spain rehearsing for four new plays which go on tour for 8 months from November so that is my foreseeable future. It has been lovely being here so far. I’ve just come back from shooting in DisneyLand which was an absolute dream of a job. Also I am co-writing and producing a Christmas show for a theatre in Winchester with my Theatre company Wind Song Theatre which I own with my amazing friend Beccy -she is an absolute superstar and is holding the fort whilst I’m away!

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Lily Streames: I first read The Shining when I was 14 years old. I read it before bed and could only read about 3 pages before I got too scared and had to stop for the night. It scared me so much but I couldn’t leave it until it was finished. Something about it had me utterly hooked. Since then I have been a massive fan of Stephen King’s work and was so excited when I got cast in Stationary Bike. It is a strange thought and a massive privilege to think he has seen my work on screen… gulp.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Lily Streames: When people ask for an interesting fact or something suprising I think how boring I must be because I can never think of anything of interest. Umm… I am a travel addict and spend all my spare money and time seeing the world. -I’m not sure how suprising that is though!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Lily Streames: I hope you like the film and feel like we do the story justice. Alot of love has been put into the project and it has been a real pleasure to have worked on it. Thank you for your interest and for reading this interview.

 

She played in Polly Schattel’s Dollar Baby Here There Be Tygers as Ms. Trask.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Marisa Blake: My name is Marisa Blake. I am an actor and voiceover artist. I spend most of my days working in my booth working on audiobooks, commercials, e-learning videos and more! When I get lucky, I get to work on set for films, TV series and commercials. I love my job!

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Marisa Blake: I always liked being part of school and church plays when I was younger. When I was a teenager my brothers and I got “Scouted” by an agency where we did some commercial work and I first started doing voiceover. After years of rejection (As goes in this industry) I decided it was not for me. About 6 years ago I helped one of my employers create some video content and re-found my love for working in front of the camera. I signed up for Acting Classes, then found an agent, and here we are!

SKSM: How did you become involved in Here There Be Tygers Dollar Baby film?

Marisa Blake: I am lucky enough to be friends with the insanely talented Jennifer Trudrung! We took classes together and have worked on several projects together. I feel incredibly lucky to get to work with her in any capacity.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Marisa Blake: I think this story leaves something to the imagination. I also think that looking into earlier works by people who have seriously excelled in their careers as Stephen King has, are intriguing.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Marisa Blake: If I recall correctly, she just “saw me” in the role. I use to teach children and I play guitar, so I think it made sense.

SKSM: You worked with Polly Schattel on this film, how was that?

Marisa Blake: Polly is incredible! Just like Jennifer, she has a vision and she knows how to execute it to get the shots that she wants. Also, being able to work with and direct kids is not always an easy task. We did however, have some talented young actors working on this film. She had a great crew she was working with and I think Polly was able to tie in all the elements to create what I consider a beautiful work of art.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Marisa Blake: Well, for me, it was that my youngest son is in the scene with me. Getting to work with him by my side is pretty cool! (He is in the bottom right hand corner blowing bubbles in the scene where I am playing guitar with my students)

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Marisa Blake: Yes! Almost Everyone. Asheville has a beautiful acting community. There are a lot of us here that know each other and often work together on various projects. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it all.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Marisa Blake: Auditions, Auditions, Auditions! 🙂 I am not working on a specific project at this moment, but this past year had some incredible opportunities. I was able to work on set for the DC Comics series Swamp Thing with actors Will Patton and Kevin Durand. That was a big moment for me. I narrated a handful of audiobooks this past year. One series that was a blast was the Lola Cruz Mystery Series! And my voice is in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC with their new Deep Time exhibit that opened in June of 2019. It’s been a great year and I look forward to more!

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Marisa Blake: Stephen King, scares the crap out of me. 🙂 I am a fan in the sense that I appreciate an artist who can bring characters to life, convey emotions and feelings through his writing, and can do so as often a he does! But in general, I am not a fan of “scary”. Yes, I am and adult who is still afraid of the dark….

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Marisa Blake: With social media it is hard to be “surprised” anymore. But I think that people who do know me are surprised that I am Latina and that I speak Spanish. And since you are writing from Spain, I can also share that I grew up dancing Flamenco. My grandparents on my Dad’s side were from Alicante, and my mother’s mother was from Madrid. My mothers father is from Puerto Rico, and so is she. My father was born in Cuba. I am very proud of my Hispanic/Latin Heritage!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Marisa Blake: If you are still reading this, THANKS!  If you want to learn more about me or follow my work, you can check out my website: www.MarisaBlake.com or follow me on Instagram or Twitter @MarisaBlakeActs

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Marisa Blake: Thanks so much for reaching out Oscar!

 

He played in Brian Johnson‘s Dollar Baby Uncle Otto’s Truck as George McCutcheon.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Rick Meyer: My name is Rick Meyer. I was born in Williamsport, Indiana, but spent most of  my life in New York City where I went to school, and worked for decades. I did almost all possible jobs in show business, more in theatre but many in film and TV as well.  For  the last ten years of my working life I was a sound engineer on BroadwayBroadway shows. I was lucky enough to be able to retire early which allowed me to pursue the most rewarding part of my life when I had time to spend with my son as he grew up. I loved coaching his Little League team, keeping time for many of his hockey games, and coaching his golf team in high school.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Rick Meyer: My parents were both actor/directors so I was immersed in the business from early childhood. Mrs. McThing was the first profesional production I performed in when I was three. So rather than wanting to become an actor, it was my reality from day one. In theatrical jargón, I was “born in the trunk.”

SKSM: How did you become involved in Uncle Otto’s Truck Dollar Baby film?

Rick Meyer: Brian Johnson and I have worked together on each others’ films for several years now. Lately I have been doing more acting jobs and Brian was familiar enough with my work to cast me as George McCutcheon.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Rick Meyer: Uncle Otto’s Truck is a terrific ghost story that explores how Otto’s guilt about killing George eats away at him, eventually driving him to madness. Quentin’s entire life has been affected by his knowledge of the murder and George’s ghost haunts him which brings extra Depth to the story.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Rick Meyer: Brian did ask me to audition to verify his opinión that I could give George the energy he was looking for. I have no idea if anyone else read for the part.

SKSM: You worked with Brian Johnson on this film, how was that?

Rick Meyer: It is always a pleasure to work with true profesionals. And Brian is a true filmmaker and a Good friend. He has been a terrific DP/editor on three of my films, and he is a wonderful director to act for.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Rick Meyer: There were many exciting moments as the shoot came together and we found ways to illuminate the story, getting effects that we all knew would be eerie and exciting. The funniest momento actually came away from the set. I was wearing overalls that I could not get out of without help and my fase was covered with blood. There was no way to wash at the location, so I drove back to my room like that. When I got to the hotel my electronic key wouldn’t work so I had to go to the front desk. The girl who was on duty tried not to be freaked by the blood, but when I asked her to help get the overalls off my shoulders she eventually helped, but the look on her fase was priceless.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Rick Meyer: I have contact with Brian on a regular basis, I also am in contact with Joan Reilly, both of whom work on my films too. I have had a conversatin Rose Warshana and will certainly be in contact with Peter Holland and others. Film making is a team sport, and when you meet excellent professionals, you want to work with them again.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Rick Meyer: My writing partner Julianne Wargren and I are always suggesting story ideas to each other and when we find ones we both like we write them. She and I wrote and produced a short which Brian shot and edited, in which Joan and I acted that is being submitted to festivals.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Rick Meyer: I have always enjoyed his work. Some of my favorites are: The Stand, Carrie, Firestarter, It, ‘Salem’s Lot, and Christine.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Rick Meyer: That I was a New York City cabdriver for a couple of years.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Rick Meyer: I hope our film scares and delights you.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Rick Meyer: I want to thank Mr. King for allowing so many filmmakers to utilize his wonderful IP.

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