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He is the man behind A Very Tight Place Dollar Baby Film.

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

Kyle Thompson: Hi, I’m Kyle, I’m predominantly a screenwriter although I’ve made a few short films myself in the past, but at the moment I’m taking a bit of a break as I have a son now, so I’m staying at home looking after him for now. A few years ago I got together with my brother and a few friends to create A Very Tight Place.

SKSM: When did you make A very tight place? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Kyle Thompson: It was actually a project for University, because I studied screenwriting combined with Film Production, one of the classes was called Adaptations. Before the project started some of the graduates came in and told us about their own project, which was The Boogeyman. That’s how we found out about the Dollar Baby Scheme. We didn’t have to use the project (we could adapt anything we wanted) but we thought it was an interesting opportunity to actually purchase the rights to something and it be legitimate. We read the story, contacted Stephen’s offices and sent off the dollar.

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?

Kyle Thompson: Coincidentally, that was really our main deciding factor in choosing AVTP… getting to cover out actor in fake poo!

Kyle Thompson: We set up a kickstarter page (because we were students) just to cover the cost of renting a portaloo and enough chocolate cake mix to pass for the “unmentionable.”

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)?

Kyle Thompson: We didn’t have any direct contact form the man himself, but maybe now he’ll get to see the film.

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

Kyle Thompson: We haven’t really had any reviews on our film yet, because it’s been set to private for a few reasons (work getting marked, the copyright etc) but it’s up for the public to see now, so you can all et me know what you think. It’s not everything we had hoped it to be, but it’s still our dollar baby.

SKSM: What are you working nowadays?

Kyle Thompson: These days are spent changing nappies, feeding and making sure my 18 month old doesn’t destroy my house! I do have a couple of scripts I wrote that one day I wish to turn into short films.

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

Kyle Thompson: If I was to do another King adaptation, I’d love to do Cujo. I think there is something terrifying about something as loyal as a dog, man’s best friend, going feral and mauling people.

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

Kyle Thompson: Thanks for taking an interest in my film and for taking the time to get to know a bit about me and a look what went on behind the making of the film.

SKSM: Would you like to add something?

Kyle Thompson: If you want to follow me on Twitter, you can find me and Instagram is just Strangerer.

 

Title: Rest stop (2018) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
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He is the man behind Ayana Dollar Baby Film.

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

Calvin Jung: I’m an actor, you can look me up on IMDB.  I’ve appeared in some of the most iconic films ever made. ROBOCOP, LETHAL WEAPON 4, THE FORMULA.  MANY TV CREDITS AND THE LONGEST RUNNING COMMERCIAL ON TV “ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET.  I was born and raised in New York City.  At College the head of the Drama department got me interested in acting . I left college before my final year went home to New York pursued a career as an Actor.

SKSM: When did you make Ayana?

Calvin Jung: We shot the footage of AYANA in the Summer of 2013.

SKSM: Can you tell me a little about the production?

Calvin Jung: From the time of securing AYANA till the actual shoot took over a year.  The original plan was to shoot a feature.  The Producers Fabricio Cerioni, Chris Steinke and Richard Bradford had another investor which totaled 50k to work with.  Unfortunately, he had to pull out and we went with the short.

SKSM: How much did it cost?

Calvin Jung: The cost was approximately $10,000, because we shot under SAG Union contracts.  All talent and crew were paid under Low Modified Budget contracts.  Post Production House and Music Composer were all paid.

SKSM: How long did it take to film it?

Calvin Jung: We shot AYANA in 4 days and one day of pickups for principal photography.  Post production and Music was outsourced. that was at least two weeks of work.  The camera work left a lot to be desired!  We made a huge mistake and trusted the cinematographer because we didn’t have time to secure a monitor.  The footage was horrible.  We were going to scrap the film and reshoot.

I decided to take all the footage and edit a story with what we had.  Fabricio did the actual physical cuts on Adobe Premier as I created a story with the footage we had.

The time frame is: We completed the Principal photography 4days in Autumn 2013.  Scraped the idea of a complete reshoot.  Finally in March or April took the footage and cut the film.  We had to do a day of Pickups to make the story work.  The completed film was May 2014.

SKSM: How come you picked Ayana to develop into a movie?

Calvin Jung: Actually AYANA picked us!  Chris Steinke, and Fabricio Cerioni were aware of Dollar Baby and secured the rights to AYANA.  The original idea with the 50K was to produce one of their original scripts. I was brought into the Project by Fabricio because of my experience and background in the business.

After the major money pulled out, I told them to do AYANA.  Any Project that has Stephen King’s name on it will gather more interest then the best script any unknown person writes.  That’s the way the business works, unfortunately.  The Producers wanted to be part of the Hollywood world, write and produce movies.  I was already established in the business, but AYANA allowed me an opportunity to Direct, Write and Produce a film, thanks to Fabricio.

SKSM: What is it in the story that you like so much?

We were trying to make a story that showed a person (AYANA) with the power to heal becoming a threat to the Pharmaceutcial Corporations.  This is obvious in America if one is aware of the Pharmaceutial lobbyist in Washington DC.  It’s almost a guarantee if there is a Holistic or Cultural healing technique that works and goes against Doctors and Pharmaceutical companies…They’re going to try and kill it!!

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

Calvin Jung: I personally am not a SK fan, the only movies I’ve seen are THE SHINING, SHAWSHANK (I think it’s great!) and GREEN MILE.  I’ve tried to read  11/22/63 couldn’t get through it.  But looking forward to see DARK TOWER.  THE LONG WALK sounds interesting and may read it in the future.

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

Calvin Jung: As previously mentioned it was Chris and Fab who were aware of Dollar Baby and got the rights to AYANA.  I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the Dollar Baby story you choose is not yours alone.  There were other people who were given the OK to make an AYANA Dollar Baby, if the King people want to give it to more then one they do.

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

Calvin Jung: The filming was so chaotic for 4 straight days!  I was getting 3-4 hours a night sleep.  There’s not one moment to single out!  We had no dailies to watch, we did SO many things one shouldn’t do!

It comes down to ‘…no matter how well you prepare and think you’ve got it covered, shit happens!!

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?

Calvin Jung: We have DVD’s of AYANA and by contract to King’s people cannot sell or show (internet or otherwise) to the public.  Ironically it’s the deal with The Devil…hahahaha.

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

Calvin Jung: No reviews.

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

Calvin Jung: We submitted to 3 or 4 of the bigger festivals and were turned down.  (Goes back to my mentioning the over the top effect).  AYANA was screened at THE MONROVIA FILM FESTIVAL in the Los Angeles área in 2014.

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)?

Calvin Jung: No contact with King and don’t know if he’s ever watched our film.  Here’s a funny moment;  we sent the DVD to the King people and never heard back.  Shortly after I read in the trade papers that he’s sold AYANA to Universal Studios to be developed as a TV series.  Our film left the idea to be continued!  I’d like to believe that he saw our film and it triggered the sale!

SKSM: What are you working nowadays?

Calvin Jung: I personally am working on a couple scripts.  I take an acting job when they come.  The year after AYANA, I Directed a made for YouTube series.  It was four episodes each approximately 4 minutes.  It’s no longer on, didn’t get enough hits.

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

Calvin Jung: I would’ve liked to be part of MR.MERCEDES, but that’s being made by heavyweights in Hollywood.

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

Calvin Jung: I wish they all could see the film if they haven’t and get their feedback about avoiding over the top effects and trying to be more cerebral!

SKSM: Would you like to add something?

Which brings me here from previous question.  Last year I met a guy who has done lighting on a couple of the King films here in Hollywood.  I told him about AYANA and how I didn’t go for the effects and King would be disappointed!  He told me “NO”, because King wasn’t a fan of the effects Hollywood put in some of his movies!   That made me feel GOOD!

He is the man behind Susannah’s lesson Dollar Baby Film.

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

Shahab Zargari: I’m a filmmaker based in the United States. I love the Dark Tower series. I have two DT related tattoos.

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

Shahab Zargari: We shot it in 2014, and it cost about $2,000.

SKSM: How come you picked a excerpt of The dark tower to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Shahab Zargari: To be quite honest, it was such an amazing scene. The student-teacher dynamic is superb. Also, it was a scene we could get away filming without needing to spend a ton of budget on location or special effects. But more importantly it was a scene we could present where anyone around the world who hasn’t read the series could still watch and enjoy without trying to figure out who is who and what the character backstories are.

SKSM: Are you afraid your Dollar Baby to be compared with The dark tower movie?

Shahab Zargari: Not really. Susannah Dean isn’t even in the new movie. My personal theory, though, is that our short helped solidify the making of this new movie. Why? The big budget Hollywood version was in developmental hell for YEARS, with so many different directors and screenwriters and producers. So many studios passed on it over and over again. Then we do our short and all of a sudden Sony thought they could make a franchise out of it. That’s probably not what happened exactly, but it feels like it. Our buzz gave them the case study they needed to get the film made. The new film comes out on August 4th, my wedding anniversary. Ka is like a wheel, thankee sai.

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?

Shahab Zargari: I knew about Dollar Baby. But truthfully was disappointed that none of them were Dark Tower related. So I looked into Fair Use legalities and chose one scene, from the first chapter of the third book of an 8 book series and made it about the student-teacher dynamic instead of focusing on the Gunslinger’s real story. A story even folks who never read the books could enjoy.

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

Shahab Zargari: We used live ammunition on location, and even when I was 20 meters away from the rocks, a piece of shrapnel hit me in my arm and drew blood. That was the only accident on set. https://www.instagram.com/p/pCtCibqSkv/?tagged=susannahslesson

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 an internet/dvd release would be possible?

Shahab Zargari: I feel pretty sad that nobody even cared I was doing a DT film during Kickstarter funding, or shooting, or screenings or uploading to Youtube UNTIL the moment Sony announced their film. As soon as that happened the lawyers had Youtube take the film down. I appealed to the lawyers, said I had done no wrong when taking Fair Use language into consideration, and they said we must agree to disagree. There will be no DVD release, because this was made as a fan for the fans and not to make money (another thing the lawyers will never understand. What are they going to do, sue me for my KA tattoo?). The only way I’d like to make money off of the Dark Tower is if the producers see my short and bring me on to shoot the TV show. I do have a secret download section on our website that was designated for Kickstarter backers. If anyone wants to see it, I will give them access to this page for free. They can email the request to: shahab@gcrecords.com

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

Shahab Zargari: A lot of mixed reviews came out when we released the teaser, a lot of people claiming our Susannah wasn’t “black enough,” which I thought was pretty racist. Then I felt vindicated when Sony hired Idris to be the Gunslinger. Haha. Thanks Ka!

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)?

Shahab Zargari: No contact. As an uber fan I’d love to know what the director of Maximum Overdrive thought about it. But he didn’t say anything before or after the Youtube takedown, so I’m not holding my breath.

SKSM: What are you working nowadays?

Shahab Zargari: A few cinematic music videos, some short films and putting together scripts for some feature length films!

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?

Shahab Zargari: I started my filming career doing fan films. Unless something compelling comes across my desk, I think I’ll stick to original stories from now on. Fan films are a pain the ass because copyright laws are such a vague grey area.

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

Shahab Zargari: If you talk shit on filmmakers or movies, go ahead and try to film a movie yourself. Prove to us you can do better! And enjoy the ride!

 

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Director: Viktor Hernandez
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Title: Popsy (¿?) Bandera de Estados Unidos
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Title: In the deathroom (2017) Bandera de Estados Unidos
Runtime: 24′
Director: Jon Ferrari
Script: Jon Ferrari
Cast: Marco Scapillato, Rolando Gomez, Michael O’Hear, Lidia Couzo, Victor Morales
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Title: Mute (2018) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Runtime: 45′
Director: Bizhan Tong
Script: Bizhan Tong
Cast: Raffaello Degruttola, Kevin Leslie, Olivia Moyle
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