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He is the man behind Here There Be Tygers Dollar Baby Film.

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

Bryan Higby: My name is Bryan Higby. I’m a novelist and film director, podcast producer.

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

Bryan Higby: I wanted to be a filmmaker at the age of fifteen when some friends and I got our hands on a camcorder. This would be around 1990. One of the large shoulder models that took a VHS tape. At eighteen I co-wrote my first screenplay. I’ve been producing short movies ever since.

SKSM: When did you make Here there be tygers? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Bryan Higby: Here There Be Tygers was produced last March 2019 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy NY. We raised a budghet of $777.00. I did the camera and sound, editing and direction. We shot the film in about four hours and it took me three weeks to edit the film. The movie is only eleven minutes long. The short story is only two and a half pages but its one of my favorite Stephen King stories.

SKSM: How come you picked Here there be tygers to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Bryan Higby: Here There Be Tygers was a story I read in high school just after finishing the unabridged version of the Stand. I bought a paperback of Skeleton Crew. There was something so direct about the story, and knowing King a story like this could have multiple meanings, but I read it as an actual tiger in the stall and that’s sort of how we approached our production. There are a couple of sequences in our film that elude to the idea that Charlie creates the tiger from her mind. I also liked the idea of working with my daughter Harper who was seven at the time. We changed the characters sexes. My actor friend Davild Wilder played Mr. Bird.

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?

Bryan Higby: I’d heard the legend about King selling film rights for stories for something like twenty years but never assumed I’d get one. I’ve been a Stephen King constant reader since I was fifteen and now I’m forty-five. I’ve become a writer myself with thirty novels to my name but still haven’t broken out with regular bestsellers. In the summer 2018 I started reaching out to bestselling authors like JA Konrath, Hugh Howey, Blake Crouch, Joe Lansdale and others who I’d met via agents. They were all very supportive. None of them had the statis of King. I reached out to King’s people via his website and conneceted with Marsha Defillipo, King’s personal assistant. Wonderful woman. She allowed me to send King three of my genre novels: Pizza Man, Taco Bandits, and Chuck A Chik (all written in the old EC comics style). A year later I read the article about the students in Whales who got permission to do Stationary Bike. I reached out to Marsha and she directed me to the website. I filled out the form with my request and Margaret Morehouse, King’s secraty emailed me with the form. I paid the $1.00 fee and a few days later Margaret emailed me that I was good to go.

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

Bryan Higby: Funny story; In the industry the joke is don’t worek with kids or animals. I worked kind of with both. The entire cast (13 kids) were excellent. Professional as you’d ever hope for. I on the other hand screwed up royally. I guess maybe that I was wearing too many hats, director, producer, writer, camera man etc… but at some point I forgot to turn on the shotgun mic. I didn’t notice this until we wrapped. The cast was gone and I did the playback only to realize the audio was missing. So I had to go back and loop room tone and all the foley work including calling back my three main actors to redo their dialogue. Not fun.

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?

Bryan Higby: Going into the Dollar Deal you know the rules. I wasn’t blind to that but it does still suck that there isn’t a wider range of exposure. My film has played at the Lowville NY Dollar Baby festival, Hudson Valley Community College, Watertown NY Snowtown Film festival, the George Eastman Kodiak Museum last October Halloween. Of course the film can be shown at any festival as long as there is no cash prize and of course King watches it. So that’s cool.

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

Bryan Higby: Nothing but good reviews from the people who’ve seen it. Marsha confirmed that King rec’d the film but not sure whether he has watched it yet. Curious story about King and my film. When I pitched the story to Marsha to produce Here There Be Tygers in my home town of Lowville NY, I asked for permission to do a Dollar Baby film festival at the historic Town Hall Theater. She and King gave me permission and Marsha told me that Stephen was both very interested in my production as well as Lowville NY because he had realtives who lived there for a time. King also wrote about Lowville in Firestarter and The Stand. Marsha said that Stephen might come to our festival but at the last moment AT&T decided to greenlight Lisey’s Story and since King wrote all the episodes he needed to be on location for the filming. Major disapoinment.

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

Bryan Higby: I’m still planning to show the film at any festival that will accept it. Anthony Northrup is also publishing a Dollar Baby book of interviews and will be using my interview and his review of Here There Be Tygers. He really enjoyed the film.

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

Bryan Higby: I’m a huge King fan since age fifteen. He was the reason I became a writer. My favorite adaptations are – The Dead Zone, Christine, The Dark Half, I also like Doctor Sleep. Of course The Shining by Kubrick is my favorite King film but as well all know not a great interpretation of King’s source material. Now I’ve written  thirty opf my own novels because of King, most are in the Horror/Dark Fantasy/Thriller genres. My Amazon Author link is here: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CWEFNVS

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)?

Bryan Higby: Like I mentioned not sure if King watched my version of Here There Be Tygers. I know of only one other version done and then the story was removed as an option on-line. That makes our version special. Marsha and margaret were my go betweens. But I’m hoping some day that I can meet Mr. King and his family. I know that Owen just lives in New Paltz NY about an hour away from me in East Greenbush NY.

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?

Bryan Higby: I have considered doing another King story. Also I’m working with a professional DP now named Steve Ciferelli. I met him when Hudson Valley invited me to the North Country Film Exchange Lab last November. I was invited because of Here There Be Tygers. That lab is also where I met my Entertainment Lawyer, Paul Rapp. Since meeting Paul I now am submitting my book IP (Intellectual Properties) to major producers. I’m not sure which King story I’d like to do next. Ultimately I’d like to solve the dilema everyone seems tro have with adapting the Dark Tower series.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Bryan Higby: I’m finishing a new novel, Old Men. Its an upmarket noevl with one big toe dipped in Alchemy. It’s a novel different than anything else I’ve done, and much longer at 110,000 words. I’m also in preproduction with Steve Ciferelli for a feature science fiction horror film this summer titled: Public Access to the Cosmos. Its a story of a blue collar worker who stumbles across an old residence that is filled with notebooks that change his DNA from normal man to something else.

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

Bryan Higby: I think most people I’ve met over the years are surrpised that not only am I a writer but that I‘m so prolific and am married with three kids.

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

Bryan Higby: I’d like to say to the fans of Stephen King keep loving the work. Keep pushing writers to turn out compeling believable characters and check out my stuff. Like I said I’ve been a King constant reader for thirty years. The proof is in my novels: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CWEFNVS

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Bryan Higby: I’d like to thank you Oscar for having me on this site. I’d also like to thank all the readers who dig my material! Keep chugging along folks!

Title: Rainy Season (?) Bandera de Estados Unidos
Runtime: ?′
Director: Jerry Smith
Script: Jerry Smith
Cast: ?
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We’re in the pre-production phase, not much aside from the script being worked on right now. Casting will happen in the next couple months. April 04; 2020

 

He is the man behind Graduation Afternoon Dollar Baby Film.

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

Robert Anthony Padilla: My name’s Rob Padilla, Jr. I’m an independent film director from San Diego, CA. I began working creatively in the music industry as a sound mixer and engineer, but then decided to pursue film. After graduating from film school in 2011, I was hired by Legend 3D a post-production visual effects house. I had the opportunity to work on some big budget Hollywood films as a 3D stereo compositor. I met some really cool people in the same field along the way.

Away from work some of my colleagues were also shooting films of their own so I caught itch to somehow get involved. I bought a camera and pretty much haven’t put one down since. I started off mainly doing cinematography and then moved on to directing around 2013. Since then, I’ve DP’d or assist directed at least a dozen short films; several which are original works of my own. I’ve also worked on two micro budget features and outside of that I’ve done some industrial and videography work as well.

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

Robert Anthony Padilla: I would say I’ve known since I was a teen that I aspired to do something in the creative field but I thought that was just a dream for someone else so I did not really pursue film until my late 20’s but I’ve always been a film fanatic. My first job was working in a movie theatre when I was 17 so I’ve always been attracted to cinema.

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

Robert Anthony Padilla: We made Graduation Afternoon in the late spring, early summer, of 2019. Producer Luke Pensabene a long-time friend, I’ve worked with on other projects, introduced me to our writer Marie D. Jones. I brought on another friend Producer Romeo Nunez and we got to work on selecting a story and adapting a script. Everything after that seem to move forward like clockwork. It was a great team! For a 17-minute film we were able to shoot it for a fairly low budget; somewhere around 5K. It took 2 days to shoot with 2 half days of pick-ups.

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

Robert Anthony Padilla: All of the short stories from Stephen King’s Just After Sunset are great but I personally gravitated towards adapting a story that wouldn’t require to many practical effects or locations that would put us outside of our budget. So, I guess the choice was more of an economical one. Graduation Afternoon is a great story but it’s not your typical King piece. There’s no monsters, blood, or gore. It’s just unique.

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?

Robert Anthony Padilla: I never heard about dollar babies before this past year. It was brought to my attention by fellow producers Marie D. Jones (Writer) and Luke Pensabene but I’ve always been a fan of King’s work. I think it’s a very generous thing for Stephen to do considering he’s giving any filmmaker whose interested free license to recreate one of his works.

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

Robert Anthony Padilla: Two words. Wind blower. I don’t know think it was as entertaining for the cast as it was for me or the rest of the crew but we had to use an industrial strength wind blower to simulate extreme weather conditions. I have a feeling it won’t be the last time I’ll be use it either. So, props to all you brave souls out there that have to endure Luke’s wind machine in the future.

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?

Robert Anthony Padilla: I hope so. A lot of effort went into making this film. At the end of the day more than 25 people participated, which is like a small village. It would be great to see a showcase on some streaming platform… or for some to find inclusion into a Dollar Baby anthology. I think when King started the dollar baby idea it was a very different time. The internet didn’t even exist. So as long as we’re giving away the content for free I could see it benefiting both King fans and filmmakers alike.

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

Robert Anthony Padilla: Well so far only Producers have seen it and they seem to be happy with it so that makes me happy. Much of the cast and crew has seen the trailer and the response on that was great so I’m looking forward to future screenings.

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

Robert Anthony Padilla: We recently submitted to San Diego Film Week, have plans to enter a couple more here in town, and Los Angeles later this year.

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

Robert Anthony Padilla: I’m a big fan of The Shawshank Redemption and The Shining. Books wise I really enjoyed Misery and Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

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)?

Robert Anthony Padilla: We’re about to send it off to King right now, so who knows, but we’re hoping he likes it.

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?

Robert Anthony Padilla: I would like to do a modernized version of Christine or Firestarter. With Christine you can take it further now since cars are more high tech.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Robert Anthony Padilla: I’m working on a fan film series for Nightmare on Elm Street. The pilot script is already written so look for a teaser on that later this year. And I’m collaborating with my amazing writer from Graduation Afternoon, Marie D. Jones, on a grounded Sci-Fi film we hope shoot sometime in the near future.

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

Robert Anthony Padilla: I don’t speak Spanish. Everyone thinks I 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?

Robert Anthony Padilla: Dollar babies are a great way to challenge yourself as a filmmaker with some great material. Give it a shot.

 

He played in Matthew Maio Mackay‘s Dollar Baby A Tale of the Laundry Game as Young Rocky.

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

Sharifin Shef Salah: My name is Sharifin Salah & I’m 28 years old. I act, write scripts & lyrics, practice martial arts & play guitar.

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

Sharifin Shef Salah: Around 5.

SKSM: How did you become involved in A tale of the laundry game Dollar Baby film?

Sharifin Shef Salah: I inboxed Matthew an expression of interest that if he had any projects going on to let me know. Matthew asked for a head shot to which I then sent. He then mentioned he needed another bully for a film called ‘Smothered’ in which Matthew added that I had the look for a young Rocky for A tale of the Laundry game. I was grateful & surprised at the same time, not expecting to be asked to be a part of not just one, but two projects without auditioning.

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

Sharifin Shef Salah: Two friends reminiscing on the past until a dark part arises. Not to mention the back & forth between Rocky & Leo.

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

Sharifin Shef Salah: As I mentioned in one of the previous questions, no audition was required.

SKSM: You worked with Matthew Maio Mackay on this film, how was that?

Sharifin Shef Salah: Good. Had a lot of creative freedom & easy to work with. I think he’s well on his way to becoming a great film maker. If he continues to find the right people to learn from, he’ll go along way. Fortunate for him starting at 13 & now being 15, Matthew has much time to not only get the mistakes out of the way, but learn from them quickly. Be humble but realistic.

I strongly believe by the time he hits 21, he have that solid foundation, alternative style, becoming a high profile film maker. He’s already becoming well known in the Adelaide film industry. It’s only a matter of time before he’s known nation wide then world wide which by the looks of it, is already happening.

Happy to work with him again, provided that the story line is good & that whichever character Matthew has in mind for me will reflect well for future acting opportunities.

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

Sharifin Shef Salah: By far was when the young Rocky was stomping on Kenny’s  face. We used a water melon for the splatter effect which ended up being cut. The moment I stomped on the water melon, it just went everywhere. Felt bad for getting it on the crew & camera though I swore I saw someone eating it off there face. Afterwards I said to as crew member, “Man, what waste of water melon.”

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

Sharifin Shef Salah: I keep in contact or at least bump into them on sets as Adelaide is a small city. Several of them (Stefani Rossi, Marc Clement, Erynn King, Brodi Galletti) I had worked previously with on a TV series which Will hopefully be released this year, Warpath Chronicles.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Sharifin Shef Salah: Currently rehearsing for an Egyptian themed, Comedy Musical called, ‘Clone a Patra’ with CC Theatre CO.  Also working on stand up material for when I make my return in March/April.

Training wise I’m about to begin; Stunt training, Medieval fighting (German Long Sword), Parkour, Acting workshops & continue with my martial martial arts.

Currently Writing a Dark Comedy but my main goal this year is to do a martial arts film as no one seems to be making them in Adelaide other than the Mortal Kombat film.

Before I forget, I’ve been working on a cartoon for the past 2 years called, ‘ Frank the Fallen’ Created by Kevin Blay, Myself, Daniel & Sam Massaci.

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

Sharifin Shef Salah: Yes I am.

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

Sharifin Shef Salah: Probably how active I am. Most people see me as a pretty laid back guy, assuming I don’t do much. What surprises people most though is my martial art background. Because I come across as calm & collective, they don’t expect it.

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

Sharifin Shef Salah: If this is the industry you want to get into, start now. Start filming or acting classes or better yet, both. It pays to have the actor’s perspective if you want to become a film maker. Vise versa if you want to become an actor.

If you’re becoming an actor, learn your lines, know your actions, & be in the best shape you can be.

Eat healthy, train hard, look after yourself & get a massage, see an accupuncturist, jump in a sauna or isolation tank. Prepare yourself to the best of your ability but most importantly, make sure you get Good sleep. As Ralph Smart says, ‘ Health is wealth’.

Check out my acting page to keep up to date, like & share posts. Check out the Warpath Chronicles Page, CC Theatre CO, I’ll be releasing a fight scene reel by the end of March.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Sharifin Shef Salah: This applies to film makers, actors & stunt people. Be able to adapt. Adapt to the weather changes, script changes, you name it. Last but not least, recharge your batteries. Can take that however you like 😉

Title: All that you love will be carried away (2020) Bandera de Estados Unidos
Runtime: 29′
Director: Thad Lee
Script: Thad Lee
Cast: Ace Atkins, Jessica Brozell, Jane Rule Burdine, Wil Cook, Elise Fyke, Lola Fyke, Micah Ginn, Charlie Hall, Lenore Hobbs, Rebecca Jernigan, Laura Lovelady, Rhes Low, Austin Marshall, Aden McDaniel, Johnny McPhail, Susan McPhail, Jimmy Phillips, Jennifer Pierce Mathus, Kelley Pinion, Callie Grace Schmelzer, Lamar Weldy, Addie Wicker.
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She played in Joseph Horning’s Dollar Baby One For The Road as a Vampire.

SKSM: Hi Lisa! This is your third interview for this site. Thank you very much for that! Could you remind our readers who are you and what you do?

Lisa Hinds: Thank you Oscar! My name is Lisa Hinds I am in the Energy Business and four years ago I discovered acting. So in my spare time I enjoy acting and doing extra work. I grew up in Maine less than an hour from Stephen Kings house. To say I’m a King fan would be an understatement.

SKSM: How did you become involved in One for the Road Dollar Baby film?

Lisa Hinds: I get on Kickstarter every couple days to see if there are any new Dollar Baby films being made. To be a part of an original Stephen King short story is incredible.

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

Lisa Hinds: No I did not have an audition. In this film I was an extra so my role was a vampire and I was so fortunate that it filmed two hours from our home. Also my good friend Michelle Hill flew in for it so we did it together.

SKSM: You worked with Joseph Horning on this film, how was that?

Lisa Hinds: Joseph and his whole team were absolutely fantastic! We felt so bad for them as we filmed overnight and it was below zero. The equipment kept malfunctioning in the cold temps and we were all wearing light shirts covered in blood we were frozen too. We had volunteers holding our coats but by the time they would put them back on us they were frozen haha.

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

Lisa Hinds: Oh yes! I needed to use the restroom and we did not have one onsite so one of the volunteers was driving me. All of a sudden blue lights start flashing behind us and we got pulled over by the State Police. Meanwhile it’s 11:30 at night I’m covered in blood my clothing and face. The officer walks up to the window asks for her information. While she is getting it out his flashlight pans over to me. The look on his face was well you can imagine. I said quickly we are filming a Stephen King Dollar Baby project down the road I’m a vampire. So he lets us go and I text my friend Michelle at the set and she said the police just pulled in. Guess he just wanted to make sure it was on the up and up. We all laughed for a long time about that one.

SKSM: You had worked in four Dollar Baby films. Maybe a fifth in the future? If so, what Stephen King story would you like to play?

Lisa Hinds: My favorite Stephen King book is Salem’s Lot but when you’re a King fan I’m open to any of his stories.

SKSM: As an expert in playing Dollar Baby films, what are your thoughts about Dollar Baby program?

Lisa Hinds: My feeling is the Dollar Baby Program is absolutely fantastic for writers and filmmakers. The fact that Mr King allows people to rewrite and make movies from his short stories is a testament to who he is. I pray it will continue for years to come.

SKSM: I know you are a huge Stephen King fan but… when did you first discover him?

Lisa Hinds: I can’t pinpoint a time being from Maine we just grew up with the name recognition.

SKSM: What is next for Lisa Hinds?

Lisa Hinds: Well I have supporting lead actress role in Bloodthirst filming in April with Tara Reid. I’m sure more will come up.

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

Lisa Hinds: I would like to thank you for thinking of me for this interview and would also like to thank my husband James for encouraging me to pursue my passion. To you all I would say follow your passion and do not allow others to keep you down.

 

He is the man behind The Passenger Dollar Baby Film.

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

Alexander Bruckner: In 2004 Alexander Bruckner discovered his passion for film while shooting his first movie, a western, in lower Austria.

In 2007 he graduated from a film-directing program at the New York Film AcademyNew York Film Academy. After that he lived and worked in Los Angeles until 2010.  In 2009 the movie “Addicts” which was co-produced and shot by Alexander Bruckner premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival.

Since returning to Austria in 2010 Alexander Bruckner continues his work as producer and started working as camera operator for various Austrian television broadcasters.

In 2010 his short film “Udet – never too late”, a movie about betrayal and loyalty during World War II, won the Kino5 audience award in Vienna and was also selected to be shown at the Cannes short film corner.

That same year Alexander Bruckner became a member of the Austrian Directors Association.

In 2013 his movie “Onatah”, a story about love and death spanning over 500years and two parallel stories, was again selected to screen at the Cannes film festival and shortly after won best drama award at the Hollywood short film festival.

In 2014 he graduated from Danube University Krems in Film & TV production and received the title master of arts and management.

The same year he founded a film production company with the name “Live Free, Live Film Productions”.

In 2015 he published his first book about producing movies with the title “Von der Idee zum Digital Cinema Package: Filmprojektentwicklung anhand der Case Study “Onatah” (ISBN-10: 3639873548).

In 2019 Alexander Bruckner became a member of the Austrian Film Academy.

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

Alexander Bruckner: When I in elementary school I wrote a couple of scripts and even made some short films with friends but it wasn’t until I was in my mid-20s that I decided that I want to pursuit a career in filmmaking. I was shooting an old west short film at that time and then it hit me: that’s exactly want I want to do.

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

Alexander Bruckner: After receiving the filming rights from Stephen King’s office in winter of 2019 I contacted my good friend and Academy award nominee Tab Murphy and asked him if he wanted to write the script. We worked on the script together for a couple of weeks and I then moved to Los Angeles in February of 2020. We started preproduction a couple of weeks later.

Principal photography took place in October of 2020, we had four shooting days in Los Angeles and its surroundings. The production had a budget of roughly $40,000.

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

Alexander Bruckner: I am currently writing a feature film script that also has a main character with an alter ego in it so I was drawn to “Rest Stop” right away. Split personalities have always fascinated me therefor I was really excited to tackle “Rest Stop” and bring the short story onto the big screen.

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?

Alexander Bruckner: A colleague, who is a huge Stephen King fan, told me about it.

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

Alexander Bruckner: We were shooting in October in Los Angeles, which officially is fire season. One of these fires was very close to one of our shooting locations and the day before we were planning to film all roads that we needed to get there were closed. Luckily enough the highways were opened again just two hours before we started our travel to location.

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?

Alexander Bruckner: We are submitting to over 100 festivals in more than 80 countries worldwide. This will give many Stephen King fans a chance to watch our movie. We are also in contact with Stephen King’s office to make an internet release possible.

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

Alexander Bruckner: So far, so good: Our film has only be shown at a jury festival in Los Angeles as of now. The review was great as our film won 1st place for best thriller. We are having our first screening on Saturday February 1st: I am looking forward to see our film on the silver screen and to observe the reactions of the audience.

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

Alexander Bruckner: We are starting with all Oscar qualifying festivals first and we will then expand our festival route over the next two years in order to be able to show our film in as many countries as possible.

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

Alexander Bruckner: “The Shining” – both, the book and the movie adaption.

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)?

Alexander Bruckner: We have been in constant contact with Stephen King’s office during production and we have sent them a BlueRay copy of “The Passenger” recently. I will give them a call again soon in order to receive their reviews on our film.

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?

Alexander Bruckner: I would have loved to shoot “Rest Stop” as a feature film but unfortunately Legendary pictures beat me to it as they secured the feature film rights to that story and are currently in development. Of course I am always ready to go if a director for one of Stephen King’s stories is needed.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Alexander Bruckner: I currently work on a feature film as Assistant Director and Associate Producer. Once we wrap I want to focus again on a feature film script that I am currently writing: the script is similar to “Rest Stop” as my main character also has an alter-ego. On top of that I am also working on a feature film about Anton Bruckner which is currently in development.

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

Alexander Bruckner: For all Stephen King fans, make sure to check out the film festivals in your home-town: this might be a great chance for you to watch our film “The Passenger” on the big screen.

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Alexander Bruckner: Thank you very much for the interview.

Live Free, Live Film.

 

She wrote the script of Robert Anthony Padilla‘s Graduation Afternoon Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Marie D. Jones: My name is Marie D. Jones. I’m an author of fiction, non-fiction, and novellas. I have over 24 books in print with several more under contract. I also write screenplays and I have been optioned over the years by a number of production companies, currently working with two in particular. I also wrote and co-produced my first short film in 2018, KINGS BOULEVARD, and then wrote and co-produced GRADUATION AFTERNOON in 2019. I am planning on doing my first feature soon.

I am a widely published writer with hundreds of credits in magazines and publications, and I’ve contributed to over 150 inspirational books working with Publications, International for the last 20 years. I’ve been on over two thousand radio shows worldwide, and appear on the History Channel shows, ANCIENT ALIENS and NOSTRADAMUS EFFECT.

I have been writing and telling stories all my life, and began selling short stories in my teenage years to men’s magazines that published horror and science fiction, and to science fiction magazines. As a teenager, I also wrote reviews and features for several entertainment related publications

I live in Northern San Diego county and have a teenage son, with whom I have written a middle grade novel series, EKHO: EVIL KID HUNTING ORGANIZATION.

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

Marie D. Jones: It was in 1977, the day CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND was released. It’s my favorite movie for personal reasons, and before then I was focused on fiction and non-fiction, but seeing that movie made me realize I could tell stories visually writing screenplays, and I began writing scripts and taking clases and mentorships shortly after that. I still pursued fiction, but really focused on scripts and moved to L.A. eventually, where I got an agent, pitched around, wrote more scripts, signed deals, lost deals, wrote some more scripts, signed more deals, got a new agent, and so on and so on, etc…I realized it was something you had to commit to for the long haul!

SKSM: How do you communicate with a director to design a screenwriter strategy for a film?

Marie D. Jones: I had never met Rob Padilla, the director, before, so it was intimidating. And it was my first time being on set, since I was not able to be on set for my first short film. But Rob and I hit it off from the start and he was the most professional collaborator and director. We had the general short story selection and narrowed it down to a few, then chose GRADUATION AFTERNOON from King’s book, JUST AFTER SUNSET, and we began meeting and discussing the way we wanted to present it. I wrote a first draft and Rob did a rewrite and we went back and forth several times until he was happy with the script. It was a smooth process and one we hope to translate soon into working on a feature together.

We communicated mostly via Messenger, but also meeting in person, and emails. Thank God for technology, it’s made everything so much easier!

SKSM: You worked in a Dollar Baby based on a Stephen King short story. It was your most challenging film?

Marie D. Jones: I would say so but mainly because it was the first film I got to be totally involved with and on set for, so I was immediately immersed in the crazy world of filmmaking. It was also challenging because the story in JUST AFTER SUNSET as King wrote it had very little dialog and action, and I had to really créate a scenario around that story with our interpretation layered in. It ended up being a lot of fun to do and I think we nailed it by presenting something that is both an adaptation and an interpretation that keeps the original spirit and tone.

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

Marie D. Jones: It is one of the shorter stories available for Dollar Babies, and yet it is incredibly powerful. It looks at class systems and the rich/poor divide, while also presenting grace and hope under duress and how ultimately, love alone is eternal. So there are many powerful elements just below the visual surface at work in this story. There are no monsters or demons or strange creatures. It is a purely human story, yet also one that shocks and horrifies in its own way.

SKSM: Can you tell us about the filming steps? Funny things that happened so far (Bloopers, etc).

Marie D. Jones: I basically found out about Dollar Babies and asked my friend and colleague, producer Luke Pensabene, if he thought we could do one. He got back to me within a few days with a “yes” and the beginnings of the crew! Rob Padilla was on board to direct, so we connected then about script. From there it happened pretty quickly, with getting the contract, having the team assembled, thanks to Luke, we got the script finalized and did a table read, and then casting and locations. It was literally boom, boom, boom, with everything falling into place because of the great people Luke had assembled and his own ability to supervise all of the chaos.

We shot it over the course of three weekends and everyone really had a great time. It was a good learning experience for me, but also a chance for many of us to bond and see who worked together well for future projects! It succeeded on all fronts, I believe.

I was really amazed at how much work was involved in all áreas of the making of this film, and how willing and capable people were. They all truly rose to the occasion and contributed so much of their energy and effort, espcially Rob and Luke. It was really something to watch. Again, being my first time on a film set, I was just sort of dumbstruck most of the time, trying to make myself available to do whatever was needed, but also stay out of the way. I remain so grateful for every single person involved and how much effort went into this idea of mine to do a Dollar Baby having no clue at the time what was involved. I sure did learn!

The one memory that most stands out for all of us is Luke Pensabene, a former Marine, bellowing QUIET ON THE SET! And literally rendering everyone speechless!!! It worked and we always had dead quiet when we neede it!

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Marie D. Jones: I am always under contract for new non-fiction books, so I have three I have to write through 2021. I also have a contract for a horror novel with another publisher, for reléase in summer of 2021. I am writing two new screenplays with my production partner, Denise A. Agnew, and book three in the middle grade series with my son. I just turned in a script for a new short with the director of KINGS BOULEVARD, Neil Payne, called RED, WHITE, AND YOU. And perhaps doing a feature with the same team from GRADUATION AFTERNOON later this year.

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

Marie D. Jones: Oh, a huge fan, in fact, his book THE STAND remains the main reason I wanted to write novels, and is my all-time favorite novel. I read it the week it came out eons ago, and even own a collector’s edition, which is somewhere in my storage room. I was so enamored of his ability to write the scariest material, yet set it amidst everyday, ordinary people and places, and love his use of Americana elements that suck you into the story from page one and créate a sense of comfort and familiarity before he terrifies you. I also love that he ventured into screenwriting and producing movies and series based on his work. And he has a wonderful writer wife and son, too!

His DARK TOWER SERIES is my all-time favorite book series and something I can honestly say I wish I had written myself! So I am not just a fan from a reader’s perspective, but mainly from a writer’s.

I would KILL to write the script for BLACK HOUSE, INSOMNIA, or REGULATORS… A girl can dream!

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

Marie D. Jones: My first dream was to be a jockey, and I am an avid horse racing fan. As a child, my idol was Man O’ War, a racehorse. It was a love I shared with my father, who was a scientist, yet who also loved the great racehorses. As early as 6 or 7 I could tell you which legendary horses won which races and what their stats were. I now own shares in several racehorses.

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

Marie D. Jones: Stephen King inspired me and so many others to write novels and make films. Find who inspires you and model them and their work, and never give up. Two years ago I had no idea I would be making short films. Life is full of surprises when you stay open to them!

 

She played in Ali Cocks’ Dollar Baby Vinton’s Lot as Carrie.

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

Juliette Daum: I was raised in a small town in Northern Wisconsin but moved to Europe at age 16. Originally, I came to study the English Concertina in the Netherlands but ended up studying Art and moving to France to study music again. I was invited to teach Concertina in Germany and ended up staying there a few years until I eventually met my husband and moved to the UK. We have been living in Wales a few years now. I run a business making woven baby wraps and bespoke clothing and sell on the internet all over the world.

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

Juliette Daum: It probably was a development from an earlier ballerina dream but has endured. I love performing and have grabbed every opportunity I could. I won some awards for acting in high school and wanted to study acting, but my Father convinced me to study the Concertina instead. I have done a few acting courses over the years, but I think my life experience has taught me a lot about human behaviour which is very useful.

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

Juliette Daum: Ali told me about the film when I was at one of her Aerial fitness classes last spring. I immediately thought “Ooh, how can I get involved?” Then she said she would have to escape through a toilet and have to swim through loads of poo and I was like… “hmmm maybe not”. A few months later she posted on Facebook that they needed a strong looking woman to play a masseuse and I thought I could pull that off.

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

Juliette Daum: I would say it is a story that people could relate to. Maybe not the specifics but just how some problems can become all consuming and can destroy your life. Even before he locked her in the toilet, the misery she felt from the ongoing conflict was controlling her and making it impossible to live. Her own triumph over the situation, physically and mentally, allows her to move on. She didn’t actually win or get what she wanted. She just took back control of her life. That is what I like about the story anyway.

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

Juliette Daum: I auditioned for Ali and Jamie. I knew Ali already as I said but met Jamie at the audition. A couple other people were supposed to come audition as well but they didn’t show up so I didn’t really have to fight for it. The part of the Masseuse wasn’t particularly emotionally demanding and I have done some massage before so it wasn’t too difficult to make it look believable.

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

Juliette Daum: Ali was very passionate about the project. When I joined in on the first day of filming it was apparent that they had a lot of trouble with the crew that had originally been involved and had essentially been left high and dry. Ali took up the mantle and became the force that drove the project on against all odds. I helped anywhere and everywhere I could. Camera work, art department, even assistant directing on days that Ali needed to focus on acting, reading off notes for the scenes she had planned out. Originally Ali hadn’t planned on editing but after nursing it through so many stages she had such a strong vision on what she wanted for the outcome. I encouraged and supported her taking on the editing role. With anyone any less dedicated it would not have gotten finished.

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

Juliette Daum: One of my lines in the film is “Sounds like you need to get laid” it was funny saying that over and over again. Once I left off “sounds like” and we had a good laugh at just how blunt “You need to get laid” sounded. There were lots of funny times during filming. The hot tub was literally just that. A tub over a fire and it got really hot in the middle. I was on camera at that point and we had to stop filming a few times when Sam’s butt was burning. He was a good sport though. I thought it was funny how many times he apologized for being the “bad guy.” The most fun I had was actually making the poo. Ali made the stuff she needed to rub on her body out of nicer food ingredients like cocoa and carrots but we couldn’t have afforded to fill a whole toilet with that. So I made a vat of mud, sand, clay, porridge oats and flour for the bulk of it. I even sculpted a few turds to be strategically placed. I knew that fine art school education would come in handy.

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

Juliette Daum: Yes, with all of them. I am looking forward to our next project.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Juliette Daum: Since working on Vinton’s Lot I have decided to go back to University to study Film Making. Jamie encouraged me to sign up for the course in Aberystwyth. I am on my second semester now and really enjoying it. It feels like I am finally really following my dream.

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

Juliette Daum: He is definitely a genius, no one could argue with that. However, I am not particularly drawn to the horror genre. I have a lot of nightmares anyway and don’t do well with more visuals to fuel them. I am more of a fantasy person myself.

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

Juliette Daum: Well, something that surprised me about me is that I enjoyed every other role I took on for this film more than the actual acting part. I particularly enjoyed helping in any way I could to get it done. From the camera work to making the poo it is hard to say what was most fun, I just love it all!

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

Juliette Daum: Follow your dreams, do what you love. Cliché I know but if you want to make a film, nowadays you can with little to no money and it is a lot more about the journey than the finished product.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Juliette Daum: I don’t think so. Thank you for reading.

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