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She played in Hakan Gunnarson’s Dollar Baby Harvey’s Dream as Janet Stevens.

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

Natasha Quirke: My name is Natasha Quirke. I’m from a small town in Ireland called Kilbeggan. I’m currently living in Vancouver, Canada. I’m an Actress and a Social Care Worker.

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

Natasha Quirke: I knew from a very young age. My mom encouraged my dream by getting me into Drama & Theatre studies classes and it continued from there. I loved old black & white movies, after school, I would run home and try to watch them before dinner was ready. I was always singing or dancing and playing with my imaginary friends. (giggle)

SKSM: How did you become involved in Harvey’s Dream Dollar Baby film?

Natasha Quirke: I auditioned for the role via Vancouver Film School nearing the end of 2010. I booked the part from there.

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

Natasha Quirke: It’s been quite a few years since shooting Harvey’s Dream, for me, at the time it was to gain experience and strengthen my acting resume. Anything related to Stephen King would be a no brainer. Anything suspenseful will intrigue people.

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

Natasha Quirke: I auditioned for the role.

SKSM: You worked with Hakan Gunnarson on this film, how was that?

Natasha Quirke: It was a pleasure to work with Hakan, it’s always fun to join a new set and meet new cast & crew. Everyone worked well together.

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

Natasha Quirke: Oh my goodness, It’s been so long. I enjoyed all of the shoots. I remember a scene in the bedroom where my character talks to her husband, she gets emotional as she is about to tell him something she has done. It was an emotional scene, the other cast member added to it and it turned out well.

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

Natasha Quirke: Not really, we all know each other but have moved on to other productions since. I haven’t had an opportunity since then to work with the team.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Natasha Quirke: I’m writing my own short film. Hopefully, we get to shoot that in the next few months. I’m actively auditioning and looking forward to new roles coming my way.

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

Natasha Quirke: Absolutely!!!

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

Natasha Quirke: Mmmmmm I speak fluent Gaelic, actually that’s not a surprise. I’m from Ireland and we speak Gaelic.

I work in social care outside of acting and I’m building my own non-profit org to help individuals find their passions and pursue that in life. It’s called ‘Serve Your Purpose.’

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

Natasha Quirke: Thank you for reading.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Natasha Quirke: Cheers for the interview.

He is the man behind L.T’s Theory Of Pets Dollar Baby Film.

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

Christian Haywood: Hey! I’m a film student in East London. I’d like to write and direct film’s but at the moment I’m focusing on a career as an editor after graduating. We’re currently developing L.T.’s Theory of Pet’s as our graduation film, but we know it can be so much more than that!

SKSM: Could you tell our readers the status of L.T’s Theory of Pets or some updates?

Christian Haywood: So, we’re currently in pre-production, we’ve cast the film and have our location, and are just looking into getting the pets themselves. It’s kind of the make or break part of production, but it relies on how much we’re able to raise on our crowdfunding page; we don’t need much (we’re a team of penny pinchers), but what we do need is ESSENTIAL!

SKSM: How come you picked L.T’s Theory of Pets to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Christian Haywood: There’s honestly so much in the story that I love. It’s got this goofy sense of comedy that I don’t think King taps into enough, and yet it’s wildly evocative as a genre piece. I think my connection to the film is really in the relationships between the pets and the owners. I come from a broken home and it’s not hard to see the story as a tackling of parents leaving, which seems to be one of these themes King unconsciously writes about.

SKSM: It is L.T’s Theory of Pets your debut as a director?

Christian Haywood: It’s not, I’ve been directing since I left High School, I’ve produced, written and directed a few pieces for university work, but in my spare time over the last 3 years I’ve made two shorts; one was a John Hughes-style high school spoof about cheating your exams and the other was a film about golf, shot in the style of the Leonne Spaghetti Westerns.

SKSM: Who will be involved into this project?

Christian Haywood: We’re a team of four students; we have a producer, Joe, a cinematographer, Ivee, and a sound designer, Jesse. They’re the best team I could ask for and are pulling out all the stops. We’re also lucky enough to have a handful of other amazing volunteers giving us a hand.

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?

Christian Haywood: I think I heard about a school in Wales doing a similar thing, but I was always vaguely aware that King sold the rights to students.

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

Christian Haywood: It’s something we’re optimistic about, I guess you have to be; we make films so people can watch them! Really though there’s a good chance that more people would be able to see this at a festival than some unknown thing, that’s the power of Mr King!

SKSM: I guess it’s very soon to asking this question but… where the premiere will be? Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?

Christian Haywood: No plans thus far, we have a local cinema in East London which we we’re thinking about approaching for a (free) screening, but we’ve got other deadlines to hit first for the powers that be.

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

Christian Haywood: OBSESSED. I’m actually currently studying his work as representative of American History, he’s an incredibly comprehensive writer of his culture. As for favourites, the obvious three have to be up there; Carrie, Shawshank and Shining. I’ve got a soft spot for Christine (the “show me” scene is awesome), but the favourite has got to be Stand By Me. There’s really nothing bad to say about it.

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

Christian Haywood: I’m not sure, part of it is really finding a story you can personally attach to, rather than just the concept. I’m not sure if I’m smart enough to tackle a lot of the subjects a great mind like King does.

SKSM: Are you working on another project besides this one?

Christian Haywood: I’m currently writing a feature screenplay which I’d love to get off the ground in a year or two, other than that no, just focusing on graduating.

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

Christian Haywood: I hate horror films! Since I was a kid I’ve struggled with gore, and that puts me off a lot of horror movies. But I do like suspense, one of the reasons I love King’s work; it’s far more about being afraid of being killed than actually being killed!

SKSM: What advice would you give to those people who want to be filmmakers?

Christian Haywood: Just gotta do it. Filmmaking’s not about planning, it’s about, well, making. I think most young filmmakers are worried that their ideas aren’t good enough, which is totally fair, and the more thought you put into something the better, but at the end of the day, if you can’t get it on a screen in front of an audience, what’s the point? Grab a camera, make a shit film, then do it again and make a slightly better one, then eventually you’ll be Kubrick (well, maybe not Kubrick).

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

Christian Haywood: Haha, fans! I like that. If anyone does support or watch the film, whether it’s donating, sharing the Kickstarter on Facebook, telling your friends, or sitting through it at a festival, I’d like to say thank you. It humbles me that people can appreciate something I’ve longed to do since I was a kid. Thanks to King for allowing us to adapt this amazing story, and so many thanks to you for sharing our project and giving us a chance! Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

 

She played in A.J. Gribble’s Dollar Baby Cain Rose Up as Kate Garrish.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: Thank you for making time for me today. Well, my name is Natasha Bogutzki. I’m a 24 year old actress/ writer/ director from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. However I probably realised it when I was four. And everything I’ve done since has been to further that love of the art.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Cain Rose Up Dollar Baby film?

Natasha Bogutzki: I was reached out to by A.J. Gribble after his father recommending me for the role. I had heard a mention of the film, but it wasn’t until A.J. pitched it to me, and I did some background into the original short story by Mr. King that I became interested.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: There are times in which a story captures the feeling of the moment.  Speaks to an individual, and haunts an audience based on its subject. From Columbine, to Sandy Hook, and recently Parkland. This resonates with people given our society’s state. It’s not pretty.  It’s not kind. But these acts never are. Art reflects, gives awareness, and even brings awareness. I doubt Mr. King never thought when he wrote it of a time where acts like this become a reality. But what if we could tell a head of time. And that speak to people.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: Audition. I remember reading for the role, and was extremely excited to be a part of it. The prep time I did was mentally and emotionally draining before we went into production, but well worth it in the end.

SKSM: You worked with A.J. Gribble on this film, how was that?

Natasha Bogutzki: He was wonderful!  Such an eye for lighting and symbolism. He explained to me beforehand that he wanted to change the role of Curt Garrish into a woman, and after doing some research into the percentage of shooters by gender, I became fascinated with that alteration. A.J.’s vision was crystal clear. He knew what he wanted. Was willing to take suggestion, but at the same time say no. He made the cast feel like a small family for the duration of the filming and it was just an honour to work with him.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: When shooting a film this dark, you need to be able to laugh in between takes. Filming can be grueling. It can take its toll on your energy. So, whenever we all had a chance to laugh, we maximized that to the fullest extent. While filming a bit where Kate is heading into the communal showers in the dormitory, I pulled the curtain and couldn’t help myself. Because of the back lighting I decided to do the Psycho noise and slashing arm movement. (Laughs) With all the laughs we had, there’s a probably a blooper reel out there somewhere. But when the camera was rolling, we got serious. And I extremely proud of the work we all did.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: I wish I could say that I do. A.J. is probably the one I’ve been the closest to since the filming.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Natasha Bogutzki: I have been dipping my own feet into directing. I recently bagged my debut and it’s in post. It’s called The Injured Digit. I just started principal photography on my second, with my big one in pre-production for the fall.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: I certainly am! The man is a titan. I grew up watching his films, and reading his stories. He has had an influence on my life. Shockingly I would have to say my favourite book of his is Hearts in Atlantis. It’s so monumentally different from the rest of his canon that it stayed with me.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: Probably that I have this bubbly, outgoing character. But I’ve always been drawn to playing these complex, dark personas. As an actor, they give so much meat to work with. I’ve done many years of comedy and musicals. But this, is what I aim to do.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: No. Thank you. It’s been an absolute pleasure. A.J. is proud of the film and I’m looking forward to seeing it soon.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Natasha Bogutzki: Keep your eyes peeled for Cain Rose Up by A.J. Gribble!

 

He played in Hakan Gunnarson’s Dollar Baby Harvey’s Dream as Frank Freidmans.

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

Mike Richards: I’m an actor and I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. My professional name is Michael Karl Richards, but you’re welcome to call me Mike.

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

Mike Richards: I remember being young, I guess around 7 or 8 and my mom had a party. All the children were hanging out upstairs. I decided to perform my version of a comedy tape I’d been listening to. I felt at home. I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Harveys Dream Dollar Baby film?

Mike Richards: It’s been a long time, but I seem to remember auditioning.

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

Mike Richards: There’s darkness and light inside all of us and Stephen King has a magical way of helping us get in touch with that.

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

Mike Richards: It defiantly wasn’t written for me, so I’m pretty sure I auditioned.

SKSM: You worked with Hakan Gunnarson on this film, how was that?

Mike Richards: It’s been a few years since we did it, but I remember enjoying it a great deal. I remember calling him Hawk.

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

Mike Richards: There’s a moment where I get stabbed near the end and on one of the takes the actor playing Harvey got a little too excited and actually jabbed the letter opener in my shoulder. I was fine, but I remember Mark, the actor playing Harvey, being mortified and feeling terrible for the rest of the shoot. I thought it was funny.

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

Mike Richards: I do not.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Mike Richards: I work on a television show on the Hallmark Network called Chesapeake Shores and I recently shot a movie called Gates Of Paradise that should be on Lifetime soon.

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

Mike Richards: Of course. Of his work and of him as an artist. I recently listened to his audiobook version of On Writing. A master class on the artistic mind. I also particularly enjoyed Duma Key.

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

Mike Richards: My mom is a novelist (Linda L. Richards). So I have a deep love of reading.

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

Mike Richards: Thanks to all of you for being fans. You are the reason anything gets made. Keep going to the cinema. There’s magic there.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Mike Richards: Just to thank you. So, thanks.

He played in Stephen Baxter‘s Dollar Baby Rest Stop as Ben.

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

Renato Vettore: Hello everyone. My name is Renato Vettore. I am an ACTRA union actor as well as a vocalist of many styles of music. Occasionally, when not working in front of the camera, I sometimes work behind the scenes, working in the Sound Department, and recently the Transportation department. I am Canadian/Italian of heritage and speak Italian fluently as well. I love my dark coffee and going to the cinema, theatre, & museums.

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

Renato Vettore: I think I’ve always been a performer, just didn’t know it.  My first time performing was on stage in a junior grade school presentation, where I played the role of a doctor. My imagination has been vivid as a child and I think it’s still present to this day. I’ve always been a dreamer of sorts, fantasizing playing different characters, different scenarios. Being an actor gives me the permission to play-out these moments & thoughts.

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

Renato Vettore: A dear actor friend Penelope saw the post on Facebook originally. She felt that the role was appropriate for my look and branding.

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

Renato Vettore: Personally, I would say that the story is multifaceted. The characters all have their worlds of realities and fantasies. The John Dykstra character, played by actor Eric Davis, is a character we can all relate to at one of more times in our lives. We work at our jobs, but a lot of us dream of being someone else, doing something dangerous, exciting, maybe even go to dark side. Carrie’s character, played by Kayla Henry, is a fun quirky girl, who believes she can be a writer of these fantasy stories. She adores, Dykstra’s written word, and see’s him as her mentor.

People are attracted to this story, because it paints fantasy with reality, which is what everyone can relate to.

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

Renato Vettore: Yes, I did have to audition for the role. I was sent the dialogue, after which I submitted my audition. After a few weeks I received contact from the Rest Stop film production and was informed I had been selected for the role of Ben. The film was shot and in Montreal Quebec, Canada.

SKSM: You worked with Stephen Baxter on this film, how was that?

Renato Vettore: Stephen was a very focused and professional director. He made me feel comfortable during the whole time he directed my scenes. Stephen allowed me to play my Ben character as I envisioned him, but still fine tuning my performance to what you see in the film.

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

Renato Vettore: The only funny moment that I recall, although it wasn’t funny at the time. I had driven from out of town, and was running a bit late for my onset call time. Fortunately, I located a parking garage not far from the shoot location. There was no lower level parking so I had to go to the top of the parking garage, floor #6. With wardrobe bags in hand I proceeded to the Down Elevator, where I noticed a sign saying ‘Out Of Order’.  I had to slug my way down the hot stairwell finally reaching the bottom, to realize that I had left my car keys on top of the roof of my car. I had to walk back up the steamy stairwell with wardrobe in hand, grab my keys, go back down the burning hot stairwell, and down the street to the shoot location, where I was met with 2 more flights of stairs which lead to the room where my scenes were filmed.

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

Renato Vettore: I keep contact with Eric Davis & Stephen Baxter & Chris MacCabe (Boris)

I hope to work with these wonderful creative artists again in the future.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Renato Vettore: I recently, was acting in a new comedy TV series called “CELLING” which will be pitched to the CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for production. I also do occasional background work on local MOW (Movies Of The Week). It is currently Pilot season and hopefully my agent is will find me the perfect role to audition for.

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

Renato Vettore: I can’t really say that I know a lot of his work, but what I have seen in film certainly makes me a dedicated fan, especially, after working on the Rest Stop story.

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

Renato Vettore: Here’s a good one, when I was a teen, I worked in a carnival. On a serious note, if you look at my IMDB page, you will see that my vocals were used in Abbey Road Studio sound mix for the film Bohemian Rhapsody. Readers, please take the time to visit my page. Just search Renato Vettore. I would appreciate that.

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

Renato Vettore: I hope you enjoyed my few words, and hope to be interviewed again for even bigger films. Thank you for taking the interest & wanting to know more about me and how my brain works. LOL.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Renato Vettore: Since I was unable to attend the premiere of the film I would like to formally congratulate all the actors, crew, and all those involved in the Rest Stop film production. A special thank you to Stephen Baxter, and screenplay writer Amy Holloran.

 

He is the man behind L.T’s Theory Of Pets Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers? Who are you and what do you do?

Brian McGleenon: My name is Brian McGleenon, I am a film maker hailing originally from the ancient city of Armagh, but now I reside in strange lodgings in London, if you’ve ever read Lovecraft’s Dreams in the Witch House, then the protagonists room is not far off my current abode. The walls meet the roof at maddening angles, and the dreams have the hint of the cyclopean…

But mostly I am a constant reader as am sure most of those who read this will be. It was the script writer of L.T.’s Theory of Pets that first introduced me to Stephen King’s short story of the same name, and I loved it from the opening line, “My friend L.T…” It’s a deeply humourous observant novel about relationship strife.

SKSM: How would you decide that shoot movies was your mission?

Brian McGleenon: I watched Taxi Driver when I was 16 and the rest is history.

SKSM: You had a teaser trailer for LT’s theory of pets and a fundraiser in Kickstarter, however the project was canceled. It’s possible all the Dollar Baby community can see this project in a future?

Brian McGleenon: Yes! We currently have the rights again and we are in pre-production, so please look out for updates on L.T.’s Theory of Pets on www.picturewell.co.uk

SKSM: Who would be involved into this project?

Brian McGleenon: We have comedian Patrick Monaghan and actor Michael McClure involved.

SKSM: How come you picked LT’s theory of pets to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Brian McGleenon: There is much to be learned about relationships from the wise advice from L.T. And it is one of King’s most hilarious tales.

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

Brian McGleenon: I am a constant reader, and I still love The Stand the best. Youdont just read ‘The Stand’, you live it. His best adaptation could be ‘It’ the old one, from the 90’s. Or ‘Christine’ with John Carpenter.

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1?

Brian McGleenon: The multi-talented writer Neville Steenson told me about it. He is co-producer on this project.

SKSM: What are you working nowadays?

Brian McGleenon: Apart from the film adaptation of L.T.’s Theory of Pets, I’m working on a feature project with American writer Mark SaFranko.

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

Brian McGleenon: Check out my horror concept art on www.picturewell.co.uk it speaks volumes.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to our readers?

Brian McGleenon: Keep reading the master’s words, for words are his power…

 

He is the Producer of Walter Perez‘s Into The Night Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers?

Jesus Santillan: My name Is Jesus Santillan and I go by Chuy. An Oxnard Calif. Native. A professional filmmaker since 2005. I’m a chicano story teller with a chicano lens in the independent industry.

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

Jesus Santillan: I became a producer, writer first, when I knew we needed more chicano story tellers. I decided to create content about chicanos. Personal, social, etc. I was eager to show my angle.

SKSM: How did you become involved in ‘Into the Night‘ Dollar Baby film?

Jesus Santillan: I met Walter Perez at an event. We both discussed film and what we had done. It was a good conversation.  Then, he asked me for help. Once I saw “Into the Night” I didn’t hesitate to support his vision and the films potential.

SKSM: Can you tell us about your work in the film?

Jesus Santillan: Once we agreed on titles, I asked to bring a great well rounded friend in audio, mixing, and composing. He agreed. I knew my friend would have the right touch for the film. I just wanted Walter to agree, respectfully.

SKSM: What was it like to work with Walter Perez on this film?

Jesus Santillan: So far, we’ve been right on. When there’s communication, and we are on the same boat. It ain’t work.

SKSM: Was there any funny things that happened while filming (Bloopers, etc)?

Jesus Santillan: If there’s no bloopers… then you’re not having fun.

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

Jesus Santillan: My late wife was. Tanya Chavez Santillan, she was a huge fan then introduced Stephen King’s work to me. It’s because of my wife and Walter’s relation to the piece that I became interested.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Something you’d like to tell our readers?

Jesus Santillan: I hope you like and support more of these films. It’s with lots of love and passion that we create and tell these stories for all diverse audience, thank you and love you all.

 

She is the Creative Consultant/ Makeup artist in Walter Perez‘s Into The Night Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers?

Tia Phan: Hello, my name is Tia Phan. I am a traveling makeup artist and creative director. Ive had other jobs before such as sales for a multi billion dollar company, home health care, etc, but never found the love for it as I do for the beauty industry and behind the scene action. Being well rounded, I also am a licensed manicurist, esthetician, and certified spray tanner. I love working on projects that bring out the creativity and passion for my work, not only for myself, but for everyone around me.

SKSM: How did you become involved in ‘Into the Night’ Dollar Baby Film?

Tia Phan: My involvement in the film was thanks to a friend, Kat, who is the special fx artist and needed assistance. I then contacted Walter, the director, and showed him my portfolio and resume. After that, is all in the film.

SKSM: In this production, you worked as a creative consultant and a makeup artist. What was that like? Is this something you want to venture further into the industry?

Tia Phan: In a certain aspect, it can be challenging but everything worth working for isn’t easy. Thats why it’s such an accomplishment when its finished. I believe that every obstacle you overcome, there will be another waiting for you at the finish line but the whole point in bettering yourself and your work is to do things that aren’t in your comfort zone because then, you can see what your capable of and what you need to work on. It’s definitely the industry path I’d like to stay on.

SKSM: Can you tell us more about your work on the film?

Tia Phan: Besides doing makeup on the actors and actresses, I help Walter with giving input on scenes to see what we can do to make it better.

SKSM: What was it like to work with Walter Perez on this film?

Tia Phan: He’s an amazing person on and off the clock. He analyzes every detail for each scene and takes advice from the crew members. I find it very important to be in charge with an open ear. It makes creating something more fun.

SKSM: Was there any funny things that happened while filming (Blooperes, etc)?

Tia Phan: Oh definitely! When you work with people for a while, they become friends and/or family. There was a lot of goofing around on set, a good laugh always made the long days go by easier.

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

Tia Phan: I absolutely adore him and his work. His stories are always so intellectually twisted and it makes you wanting more. Your always on the edge wondering whats going to happen next!

SKSM: Thanks for taking your time to answer my questions. Is there something you’d like to tell our readers?

Tia Phan: Have fun. Its always good to be professional and prompt but a happy person gives happy work. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, own it!

 

He is the man behind Gray Matter Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers? Who are you and what do you do?

Mark McFarlane: My name is Mark McFarlane, and I am a filmmaker, designer and artist based in Ayrshire, Scotland.

SKSM: How would you decide that shoot movies was your mission?

Mark McFarlane: I always loved films growing up, and I have an especially vivid memory of watching ‘The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly‘ with my grandfather. Bizarrely, considering the types of films I love and make now, I was a very timid child and couldn’t watch horror films! Later, I worked in a variety of jobs, from security guard right up to being a graphic designer for a major UK retailer, but I was never satisfied with any of them. So at a crucial point I decided to pursue my long-standing dream of making films, and from the very first moment of sitting down for a production meeting I knew that making films was what I needed to do.

SKSM: Why Gray Matter was cancelled? Is it possible for Stephen King fans to see it in a future?

Mark McFarlane: Gray Matter was cancelled for a variety of reasons, cast and crew availability, location and equipment issues, but I think the main reason is the same for aspiring filmmakers everywhere – a lack of money! At that time crowdfunding platforms were still quite a new thing, so I although sites such as Kickstarter could have been a fantastic source of production budget for us, our relative inexperience with that type of funding led to us halting production. Fortunately we were able to move on with other projects such as my short film ‘Mara‘, which was created for the BBC3 series ‘The Fear‘ here in the UK, and also performed well at Dragon Con in Atlanta.

However, I am still passionate about telling the story of ‘Gray Matter‘, and  I’m happy to announce that we are once again moving forward with the project. We are working on some exciting things right now, and we hope to make a bigger announcement in the very near future.

SKSM: Who would be involved into this project?

Mark McFarlane: As well as myself, my long-term writing collaborator and editor Jimmi Johnson, who edited the ‘Cabal Cut’ of ‘Clive Barker’s Night Breed‘, will be editing the film. It is being produced by two incredibly talented and enthusiastic people – Holly Madew and Danny Sullivan. Thay have been instrumental in resurrecting the project and ushering it to the stage we re currently at. We are currently looking at casting and filling other key roles, but we are firmly at the discussion stage regarding those.

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

Mark McFarlane: I picked ‘Gray Matter‘ because I find the characters so compelling, which I think is a universal trait amongst all of King’s stories. When I first read it, everyone was so vivid and clear in my mind. The best thing for me (and my adaptation) was that although the story is set in Maine, I could easily relate the charcters to people I knew growing up in my small hometown in Scotland. I loved the story, but I also fell in love with the idea of setting the story in Scotland yet changing almost nothing about the core story and characters, almost to prove that these characters are so wonderful an real that they work literaly anywhere in the world.

SKSM: Did you know that this story has already been filmed as Dollar Baby? Have you seen any of these adaptations? If so, what do you think about it?

Mark McFarlane: I did know that it had already been filmed. Unfortunately I’ve only been able to see the trailers for these adaptations. I’m a big fan of the Dollar Baby program and love that all these other filmmakers have been able to give their own unique take on such wonderful source material.

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

Mark McFarlane: I am a massive Stephen King fan! I love the ‘Dark Tower‘ series and was obsessed with it for years, but my all-time favourite story of his is ‘The Mist‘, and I absolutely adore Frank Darabont’s adaptation. I think it’s about as perfect an adaptation of a story as you can get. I also love the book ‘From A Buick 8‘, which I know is a bit of a divisive one, but I’d love to take a crack at adapting it for film one day!

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1?

Mark McFarlane: I became aware of the Dollar Baby scheme after watching a documentary about Frank Darabont which briefly mentioned it. I did some research and once I found out how to go about it, I made it my goal to adapt a Stephen King story. It’s taken a lot longer than I’d hoped!

SKSM: What are you working nowadays?

Mark McFarlane: I’ve been suffering some long term health issues which have forced me to ease my workload with regards to filmmaking, which has allowed me to re-embrace my art and design skills. I’ve recently completed several paintings, including one for ‘The Walking Dead UK‘ and a large piece featuring some charactrs from ‘Twin Peaks‘. I also created a map of Mid-World from the ‘Dark Tower‘ series which has been well received on my RedBubble store. I like to stay creative whenever I can, and my partners and I still have a variety of film scripts ready for future development.

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

Mark McFarlane: I don’t know! I think maybe people will be surprised that I’m still around, still trying to make ‘Gray Matter‘, and haven’t given up after all these years!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to our readers?

Mark McFarlane: I’d like to thank your readers for their continued interest and support of all us Dollar Baby filmmmakers. It’s your passion for these stories that makes us want to make the very best adaptations we possibly can.

SKSM: Would you like to add something else to this interview?

Mark McFarlane: I’d like to personally thank you Óscar, for the work you do keeping everyone informed about Dollar Babies, and your kind, gracious attitude towards us. It’s been a pleasure talking to you!

 

He is the Producer in Walter Perez‘s Into The Night Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers?

Marc Mora: Hello, I am Marc Mora and I once gave Freddy Kruger a nightmare.

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

Marc Mora: The movie industry has always been the candle to my moth. Every aspect of it. Writing, directing, acting, producing, etc. I love helping tell visual stories.

SKSM: How did you become involved in ‘Into the Night‘ Dollar Baby film?

Marc Mora: I have worked with Walter in the past and when he told me he was working on a King project I had to get involved. King is one of my favorite authors.

SKSM: Can you tell us about your work in the film?

Marc Mora: I did a little of everything. I helped with lighting, assisted the set designers, procured equipment, and at one point was even the night. (Human tripod a black sheet). I just floated amongst everything and tried to help whenever i could.

SKSM: What was it like to work with Walter Perez on this film?

Marc Mora: It was a great experience. I can honestly say I picked up some tricks of the trade.

SKSM: Was there any funny things that happened while filming (Bloopers, etc)?

Marc Mora: Let’s see… honestly, I cannot think of a thing. I am sure we had some laughs but nothing stands out.

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

Marc Mora: Jumped the gun on this earlier. Yeah, a huge fan. I’m a horror savant.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Something you’d like to tell our readers?

Marc Mora: Watch this film when we release it. Or else… well you never know what might be waiting for you in the night.

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