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He played in Jon Mann‘s Dollar Baby Popsy as Sheridan.

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

Robert Ramsay: My name is Rob Ramsay. I’m an actor/writer/producer from New Brunswick currently living in Toronto. I’m also a co-producer and the star of Popsy.

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

Robert Ramsay: I started doing local theatre at a young age and fell in love with acting. I remember being in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar and thinking ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life. I followed that passion to university, where I studied acting and met my writing/producing partner, Jon Mann.

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

Robert Ramsay: Jon and I have worked together for almost a decade, writing and making our own projects. Jon has been a Stephen King-aholic since I met him, and the story of Popsy has been a favourite of his for a long time. When he got the rights to Popsy, I was more than happy to help him produce it and star in it.

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

Robert Ramsay: Firstly, I think the name Stephen King attracts people to it. His style, tone and reputation are second to none, when it comes to horror. Secondly, I think people like to see what someone will do when they’re pinned in a corner – when their animal instincts come out. Popsy is a story about two people being pushed to their limits – who feel like they have no other choice but to do what they’re doing. That tension and drama is always fun to watch.

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

Robert Ramsay: Jon and I talked for a long time about who was the right actor to play this role. Ultimately, I had the privilege of stepping in. I think because Jon and I have worked together for so long, he trusted me to do the part justice.

SKSM: You worked with Jon Mann on this film, how was that?

Robert Ramsay: Fantastic. Jon and I have made several short films, written several pilots and have been close friends for many years. We have a short hand and trust that only comes with time. He is an extremely talented film maker and anytime we get to make something together, it’s a treat.

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

Robert Ramsay: We had a lot of fun on set. When you’re making something as dark and heavy as this, you need to keep things light, so we had a lot of laughs.

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

Robert Ramsay: Ya, Jon and I talk almost every day. I still talk with some of the crew members and I’m keeping an eye on the career of my extremely talented co-star, Avery Winters-Anthony. I think he’s about to take off.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Robert Ramsay: I was fortunate enough to have a small part in IT: Chapter 2, which was another Stephen King project, I’ll be reprising a role I did on the first season Anne of Green Gables and Jon and I are busy writing our next project.

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

Robert Ramsay: Of course. He’s a legend. I love his characters and the out-of-this-world complexity he can write with, while telling a simple and relatable story.

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

Robert Ramsay: I get scared easily, so I really don’t like scary movies. I’ve seen this film and I think it’s fantastic, but once was enough for me.

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 Ramsay: Thanks for watching and taking interest in Jon and I’s careers. We hope to keep making movies you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Robert Ramsay: Nope. Thanks!

 

He is the man behind That Feeling You Can Only Say What It Is In French Dollar Baby Film.

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

Nathan Gathergood: At the time of making That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French, back in July 2010, I was working for ITV Meridian, on their news output. I am still in news, but now working for the BBC.

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

Nathan Gathergood: Working in news can be quite repetitive and also, depending on the news cycle, can be mentally draining. Although I’d love to be a filmmaker, sadly I am still in news. This short was more about escaping the drudgery and doing something creative and fantastical.

SKSM: When did you make That Feeling You Can Only Say What It Is In French? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Nathan Gathergood: If memory serves me well, we shot it in a few days, over the space of a couple of weeks in the summer of 2010. I think we only had four locations, the airfield, the plane interior, the car interior and the house interior. I bought a DSLR (that has been gathering dust ever since), hired a jib, got us all to the Isle of Wight (for the airfield scene) and bribed everyone with lunch. I think it cost less than £1000 to make, with the camera being the bulk of that sum. I think I had to pay a nominal amount to a college to use their mock plane interior. They had a course for cabin crew and the interior suited our needs (although in the wide shots you can sometimes see that there is a back wall!).

SKSM: How come you picked That Feeling You Can Only Say What It Is In French to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Nathan Gathergood: I liked that no-one else had done it at that point. I see from your excellent website that someone else has now attempted it and would be very interested to see where they took it and the choices they made. It felt like a good length on the page, but also manageable -there weren’t many characters. But most importantly, for me at that time, it felt like a challenge. I’m not sure if I rose to that challenge technically, due to the amount of car interior blue screen shots, for example, but I knew I wanted to stretch myself. Finally, the plot is a great one. I love time loop movies. I did my dissertation on 12 Monkeys and like how a subtle change within a loop, a word, a gesture can completely alter your perception of something you thought that the plot had already told you.

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?

Nathan Gathergood: I’d seen or read about it somewhere. I wanted to make a short, but getting a decent script is hard and writing one is even harder. Adapting one, on the other hand seemed like a sensible choice, so I think I was just searching for a short story to adapt and stumbled on the Dollar Deal. Luckily I had recently been to the US and had a spare dollar I could send to Margaret Morehouse, Stephen’s Assistant.

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

Nathan Gathergood: When we were filming the plane interiors, we only had a few hours in which to do it, before the next class needed the “set”. It was a Saturday, so goodness knows why they had to be in then -the rest of the college was deserted! So much so, that when a fire alarm test went wrong and the alarm didn’t go off, I was chasing around the site, trying to find one of the security guards for ages. It felt like some kind of very loud nightmare!

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?

Nathan Gathergood: I can totally see the logic behind it and I knew the Deal before I made the film, but it’s very frustrating. It’s a shame that there’s not a resource on Stephen’s website where people could pay a tiny fee to see them (all the time they were not commercially optioned).

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

Nathan Gathergood: I had it online very briefly, so that friends and family around the world could see it and later saw on a forum that someone else had seen it, wanted to see it again, but couldn’t find it -she had very vivid memories of it though! It won a bronze award at the Vegas Independent Film Festival and a silver at the Isle of Wight Film Festival, so I take those as complimentary reviews.

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

Nathan Gathergood: I got it onto the roster of a few festivals after getting it made. It debuted at Cannes, in their Short Film Corner, but other than the VIFF!, the IOWFF and one or two Dollar Babies festivals, I forget where else it showed up.

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

Nathan Gathergood: Yes, I’m a big fan and have tried to watch as many adaptations as I can, from big hitter, like The Shining, to lesser known adaptations such as the Nightmares and Dreamscapes TV mini-series.

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)?

Nathan Gathergood: Only his signature on my copy of the Dollar Deal contract! I’d be surprised if he had seen it -he must be a very busy man…

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?

Nathan Gathergood: I would want to shoot a series of movies based on The Dark Tower books (but then, who wouldn’t?). I must have read the series through at least four times and the most recent couple of read throughs were actually listen throughs (I had the audiobooks on in my car), so I was freer to let my mind drift and I was constantly thinking how I would film each scene and editing the narrative as I listened. Those books were very important to me and I felt that the film was a real let down.  As a standalone movie, it might be great, but I couldn’t get past the disappointment, that it was nothing like the books I had read (or listened to) nor the pictures I had in my head.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Nathan Gathergood: I’ve got a podcast out there, but more importantly, I’m trying to get a musical film off the ground -watch this space…

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

Nathan Gathergood: I haven’t vomited since August 2000. I’ve never been to a barbers (although looking at my hair, that probably won’t be a surprise!).

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

Nathan Gathergood: If they’re reading this, they must have an interest in Stephen King and Dollar Babies, so I would say -if you haven’t made a Dollar Baby, get out there and do it! Things are so much easier now -you can film and edit something to a very high standard on a mobile phone, so get out there and get involved. You can do it!!

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Nathan Gathergood: Thank you very much for having me Oscar and thank you for your website -it is a fantastic resource.

 

He is the man behind Rainy Season Dollar Baby Film.

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

Patrick Haischberger: Hello, my name is Patrick Haischberger, I am a director from Austria and make the short film Rainy Season. This is a short story by Stephen King.

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

Patrick Haischberger: I knew that very early, to be honest. My mother ran a video store when I was a kid. That’s when my love for the movie started.

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

Patrick Haischberger: I shot Rainy Season in May this year. We wanted to produce a movie with Hollywood style. All of this with low budget. The shooting took 5 days.

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

Patrick Haischberger: I love the story because it is also possible to be played in Austria. A small village where there is a secret kept. Rituals, only the inhabitants understand. That’s what I focused on writing the script the most. And the characters from Kings story feel very well in Austria.

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?

Patrick Haischberger: A friend of mine is a film composer in Hollywood and he got in touch with Stephen King’s office. He knows that I am a big Stephen King fan and I should just cheeky if he would be willing to produce a short film in Austria. I wrote to the office and that’s how we got together.

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

Patrick Haischberger: Yes, there was a moment when my heart stopped for a second. The main actor Thomas Stipsits should stop in a scene barefoot just before a pile of broken glass. But he didn’t stop early enough and stepped directly into the glass shrads. Thank God nothing happened to him. But it was worth it, the recording is really great.

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?

Patrick Haischberger: It’s of course a bad feeling that fans of Stephen King can not see the movie, but hopefully they can see the movie on film festivales.

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

Patrick Haischberger: Those who saw the movie were totally excited. There were only positive reviews so far. Thank God.

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

Patrick Haischberger: Of course, the movie will run as many film festivals worldwide as possible.

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

Patrick Haischberger: I’m a giant Stephen King fan. I own all his books. My favorite work is “The Stand”. I made this movie as a fan for the fans.

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)?

Patrick Haischberger: Yes, I had personal contact with Stephen King. But he will not see the movie until we have finished with the English subtitles. This will happen in a view days.

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?

Patrick Haischberger: Of course I would like to shoot a Stephen King movie. Salem’s Lot would be my favorite.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Patrick Haischberger: I am currently working on an Austrian drama. This will also be a short film. And I’m writing my first novel. Of course a horror novel.

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

Patrick Haischberger: I’m afraid of spiders. I do not like them and I think they do not like me either. Laughs.

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

Patrick Haischberger: Read more scary books.

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Patrick Haischberger: I would be happy if you watch the Rainy Season Trailer on YouTube and tell me on Facebook or Instagram your feedback. I would be glad to answer your questions. Thank you and maybe we will meet at a festival somedays.

 

She played in Hendrik Harms’ Dollar Baby All That You Love Will Be Carried Away as Zoe.

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

Gabriella Leonardi: Helloooo. I’m Gabriella Leonardi and I play ‘Zoe’ in Harms Way Production‘s ‘All That You Love Will Be Carried Away’! I live in a small town called Hastings and I am the eldest of four siblings. I am a method actress and mental health advocate. When I am not acting I am working in the worlds cutest coffee shop in Hastings.

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

Gabriella Leonardi: Ever since I was 5 and played a snowflake in my school nativity. I kept running across the stage when it wasn’t my turn. My mum loves to tell that story! No, I can’t remember to be honest, I just know I’ve always wanted too. I’ve always had this desire to play characters that people connect too. I have always wanted to be in psychological thrillers or social realism films because they show the harsh reality of humanity.

SKSM: How did you become involved in All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby film?

Gabriella Leonardi: I found the casting via instagram as had followed Harms Way Productions for a while. As soon as I saw the character castings and I saw it was based on a Stephen King book, I sent in a selftape straight away! I am very grateful to Hendrik for casting me and trusting me to take on the amazing role of ‘Zoe’.

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

Gabriella Leonardi: It is heavily based around mental health, which everyone can relate to in some way. It definitely plays on the audiences mind, especially Hendrik’s adaption as the very carefully thought out and clever characters he has added.

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

Gabriella Leonardi: I did have to audition for the part but it was bizarre because when I was doing my character development once I got role, I was really shocked because I realised it was one of my dream roles. She is so raw and misunderstood and so many people can connect to her and I absolutely loved playing her. Proper gritty!

SKSM: You worked with Hendrik Harms on this film, how was that?

Gabriella Leonardi: It was incredible. Hendrik is not only a good director but a very good writer and the adaptation he created is extremely smart. He made everyone feel so welcome and the whole team as a whole were incredible.

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

Gabriella Leonardi: The table read when we all read the script and ate pizza! It was the most welcoming group of people ever. Then add the part I nearly passed out.

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

Gabriella Lonardi: I am in contact with all of them, crew and cast. We have all met up recently in London and are always planning other meet ups. They are absolutely wonderful and all from such different backgrounds. We’ve become a little film family and I would love the opportunity to work with them all again! Here’s hoping….

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Gabriella Leonardi: I have just wrapped on a campaign video for a charity that supports young homeless people, which was an incredible experience and I was honoured to be chosen to portray a real person and tell her story. She is an incredibly strong young lady and the charity is incredible.

I am also filming for “Roadgirl” a feature film about female gangs in London, in which I play Estelle, the gang leader. – A very important true story thats needed to be told.

I am also in preproduction of feature film “Beautiful Monster” – a biopsy of Mary Shelley that starts filming in 2020. I am currently in the research stage and I’m lucky enough to be cast as Shelley herself so very busy researching and learning to horse ride…

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

Gabriella Leonardi: A massive fan. I think he’s incredible and shows the dark truth about life and this is love. Stephen King and Tim Burton are my ultimate faves…. I love the dark stuff! I am very excited for IT 2 to come out!!

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

Gabriella Leonardi: I am half Italian! People don’t think it because I’m unbelievably pale but I’d like to think my name gives it away a little…

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

Gabriella Leonardi: Thank you for supporting us and all the other film makers and creatives that take on the “Dollar baby”. It is fascinating watching and reading about other people experiences and I hope you watch Harmsway Studios adaptation of “All that you love will be carried away”. I hope you like it!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Gabriella Leonardi: If you are an aspiring creative, don’t give up on your dream. Even when it gets hard and you have no money and think to give it up and get a well paid regular job… keep going because all it takes is one job or opportunity to give you a boost to carry on 🙂

He is the Producer in Paul Mortsolf‘s Rest Stop Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers?

Joe McParland: My name is Joe McParland. I’m the producer of “Rest Stop”, based on a short story by Stephen King and a founding partner of Seven Faces Films, our production company, located in Inland Empire of California.

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

Joe McParland: The role of producer, came about wanting to make sure that I was able, along with my co-producer Christopher Shaw… to bring our director Paul Mortsolf’s vision to life. I believe in Paul’s work and talents.

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

Joe McParland: Paul Mortsolf, myself and few other friends had known each other for quite some time. We would always talk about the love of film and how we’d love to make movies. We’ll quite a few years had passed, and one day Paul came to me and asked if I’d be interested in making “Rest Stop”, he had explained how the rights were purchased via Stephen Kings people. I was blown away and had never had thought it’d be possible, for a couple of guys who worked at GameStop.

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

Joe McParland: Other than my role as producer, I was also Assistant Director. Paul and I had a wonderful time, working with our Director of Photography Anthony Bernard. This was new territory for both Paul and I, we had a great experienced crew and cast to guide us.

SKSM: What was it like to work with Paul Mortsolf on this film?

Joe McParland: Working with Paul, is like being married to a person… who loves film, loves the genre and respects the process. From the time he asked me to be a part of “Rest Stop”, the numerous pre-production meetings to putting the film in the can… it’s been a great collaboration and friendship.

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

Joe McParland: This film had lots of fun moments, the main thought that stands out… was the rehearsal between Lane Wray (Rick Harden) and Justin Phillip (Lee) during the encounter scenes. We were working in 31 degree weather, in the evening, at the “Rest Stop” location.  If humor was firewood, those two kept us warm.

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

Joe McParland: Absolutely! My favorite Stephen King based film as a kid, was “Creepshow” directed by the late great George A. Romero. My favorite novel of Mr. King is “The Stand”. I read the complete uncut version in my 8th grade year of junior high. The book was so epic, I kept a journal of character names and events to reference back to.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Joe McParland: Since “Rest Stop”, Paul Mortsolf, myself and Seven Faces Films shot a music video, a commercial and web based content. Paul is currently writing a original feature length film, that I’m exited to produce. We plan to bring back some of our “Rest Stop” cast on that picture. More news to come, on that project in he near future.

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

Joe McParland: Thanks for letting Seven Faces Films, talk about “Rest Stop”. I hope anyone who reads this and has hopes of making movies, understands that it is possible! Grab your phone, download some editing software, gather your friends, look around your house for props, use your house as a location and shoot something! Just make! Adios!

 

She played in Hendrik Harms’ Dollar Baby All That You Love Will Be Carried Away as Mary.

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

Leona Clarke: Hello! I’m Leona. I’m half dutch, middle child in a big crazy family (crazy in a good way of course) and I not only love acting for the joy it brings me, I want to also use it to one day pursue my plans of making this world a better place.

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

Leona Clarke: When I was about three years old. I used to put on shows for my family; I’d make special invites on pieces of paper with a date and a time for when they had to attend. The shows would be in our living room, where I’d set out my little china tea cups for “my guests”, pour cold tea out of my little china teapot (I was three – I didn’t know how to make tea) and I’d dance / sing / act out scenes that I’d been practicing for weeks right on our living room table.

SKSM: How did you become involved in All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby film?

Leona Clarke: I saw a post about auditions on Facebook and I got in touch with Hendrik directly through his production company expressing my interest. I booked an audition which led to a second audition and I was then offered the role of Mary.

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

Leona Clarke: I think the fact that it’s based upon a short story by Stephen King is a major draw in for a lot of people. It’s also based on fairly relatable subjects; touching on depression, suicidal thoughts and real life struggles.

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

Leona Clarke: It was definitely written directly for me. Hendrik just didn’t know that yet 😉 Only joking, I had to audition twice.

SKSM: You worked with Hendrik Harms on this film, how was that?

Leona Clarke: It was brilliant. The great thing about working with Hendrik is that he values everyone else’s opinion as much as his own. There is such a sense of it being a team achievement that makes you even more proud of the outcome. Hendrik is a fantastic director as well as being an incredibly talented writer and he is definitely someone I hope to work with on many more productions.

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

Leona Clarke: There was loads! It was honestly one of the best weeks of my life. The memories we made outside of set as well as on set are second to none.

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

Leona Clarke: With pretty much all of them. They’re such a brilliant bunch and it seems we’ve all made friends for life. We’ve all got a group chat too in which we like to send frequent loving abuse as well as funny memes.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Leona Clarke: I start working on two big feature films next year which I’m very excited for – I’ll be playing a heavily pregnant girl going through the wars in a horrific car accident in a film called “Faith”, as well as playing a homeless girl who turns into a world champion boxer in “The Knockout”. Both very demanding roles to say the least – my favourite kind!

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

Leona Clarke: Yes. I absolutely love his work. Shawshank Redemption is one of my favourite films and it was amazing to find out that was also an adaptation through Stephen’s Dollar Baby scheme. It’s so nice to see someone of such stature putting a helping hand out to others. Although I have a little confession… I am terrified of clowns, so I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch “IT” yet…

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

Leona Clarke: I’m a massive softie. I got all emotional at the Nationwide bank advert where the guy loses his scarf that his dad gave him and then it gets found and returned to him… I think that says 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?

Leona Clarke: Thanks for having me. I just hope that they love it as much as we loved creating it – it’s such a good story with a brilliant twist at the end that’ll really get ya. Keep an eye on the scribblings…

 SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Leona Clarke: Keep being awesome. And remember – everything happens for a reason. Trust in that, smile and always focus on the reasons to be happy! Life is too short to be anything else.

Tittle: Graduation afternoon (2019) Bandera de Estados Unidos
Runtime: ?
Director: Robert Anthony Padilla
Script: Marie D. Jones
Cast: George Jac, Jade Kaiser, Brian P. Butler, Noor Razooky, Diane Sargent, C.J. Nowakowski, Rachel Patchett, George Jac, Lou Acosta, Elizabeth Lawson, Chunzi He, Sandy Nissou, Vimal Pradeep, Magdalena Callie, Jordan Peterson, Dylan Nowakowski, Valentino Valdez, Jamie Belin, Kim Blomgren, Rubi Aceituno
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Updates Date
Near completion and then the festival circuit! October 29; 2019

 

He played in Christian Haywood‘s Dollar Baby L.T.’s Theroy of Pets as L.T.

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

Nicholas Pople: I am a professional actor. I studied at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated in 2016. During the past three years, I have found roles in mainly short films but want to continue onto feature films, voice over work and motion capture. When I’m not acting, I work at an axe throwing place called ‘Whistle Punks’ as an axe throwing instructor.

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

Nicholas Pople: I realised that I wanted to pursue an acting career during my second year at university. Originally, I wanted to become a doctor in the British Army. I studied Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University. However, I soon realised that I didn’t have the passion to be a doctor or the discipline to be in the army. I performed in several theatre productions whilst at University and quickly discovered that I loved acting. I then thought why not pursue a career doing what I love? My family and myself agreed that I would finish my original degree and then move on to study acting.

SKSM: How did you become involved in L.T.’s Theory of Pets Dollar Baby film?

Nicholas Pople: I found the advertisement on a casting website called ‘Backstage’. After reading the synopsis, I thought the story sounded both interesting and original. The role also involved acting alongside animals which was something I had never done before. I applied for the role and was lucky enough to be accepted for it.

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

Nicholas Pople: A lot of people have owned pets or consider owning them at some point. L.T’s Theory of Pets provides an original look into how getting a pet can affect both you and your relationship with others. I believe it is a clever mix of comedy and drama. When reading a script for the first time, it isn’t often that I actually laugh out loud. However, this script does an excellent job of telling a powerful, dark story and blending it with good humour. It also involves animals and everyone loves animals!

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

Nicholas Pople: I had to audition. Originally, I sent an email application which included a short video showing some of my previous work. I then went for a face to face audition with Christian and a couple of other members of the team. We had a good chat about the story and character before I performed some bits of the script for them to see.

SKSM: You worked with Christian Haywood on this film, how was that?

Nicholas Pople: It was an absolute pleasure! Christian and his team were the ideal crew. They were calm, organised, friendly and made me feel very at ease. Christian had a very clear vision and planned it all very well. Thanks to their work, they made a very challenging shoot look simple and easy.

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

Nicholas Pople: One of my favourite moments was working with Maddie the dog. She was so adorable and affectionate. Throughout the film, my character in meant to get angrier with the dog but this was made very difficult by the puppy eyes looking back at me. I would often break down into laughter because pretending to be angry at her was so challenging.

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

Nicholas Pople: I keep in contact with Christian about any updates on L.T’s Theory of Pets. It is a very good film and I’m curious to see how the public responds to it.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Nicholas Pople: Since performing in L.T’s Theory of Pets, I have been lucky enough to be involved in a number of short films. As an actor you are constantly looking for the next job. You keep applying for roles and maintain a positive attitude.

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

Nicholas Pople: I love Stephen King’s books. Currently, I am reading Pet Sematary but I have also read It, The Shining and Misery. If you want a book that will keep your interest and genuinely give you the creeps then Stephen King is your man.

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

Nicholas Pople: I am a qualified rescue scuba diver!

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

Nicholas Pople: First of all, thank you for reading my interview and I hope you found it interesting. If you haven’t seen L.T’s Theory of Pets yet than please do because it is very much worth a watch. I am very pleased with how good it is and I hope you like it too.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Nicholas Pople: Thank you for interviewing me. It was a pleasure!

 

He played in Gerard Ender‘s Dollar Baby Flower Man as Vendor.

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

Bus Howard: I am Bus Howard, born and raised in Chicago. I was the baby Jesus in our church’s Christmas pageant…and I joke that my acting career has gone downhill since then. Each year I was given more to say and enact, which led to school plays and community theatre. I was exposed to professional theatre at the Goodman Theatre and other theatres in Chicago.

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

Bus Howard: I was bit at an early age. My parents divorced when I was young and my father located to NYC, and in summer visits I was exposed to the magic of Broadway. I feel wonderfully alive when I am onstage.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Flower Man Dollar Baby film?

Bus Howard: Gerard and I met in Washington DC as extras on films being shot in DC. Over the years we became fast friends. We both had recurring roles on the HBO series The Wire. It seemed we were destined to work together. Gerard called me to ask if I would be interested in working this film project…I jumped at the chance.

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

Bus Howard: “The Flower man” tells the same type of story…it has the viewers wondering what could possibly happen from an ordinary situation.

SKSM: You worked with Gerard Ender on this film, how was that?

Bus Howard: Gerard as a director has a wonderful eye for showing the action, and is a wonderful storyteller in his dialog.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Bus Howard: I am a student of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Zara Neale Hurston and many other writers of color who tell the stories of those who have at one time been “voiceless”.

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

Bus Howard: I have always been a Stephen King fan, from the serial presentation of “chap books” telling the story of the “Green Mile”…the all too believable story of “It”. I enjoy tales of the unexpected, the macabre, and metaphysical intrigue.

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

Bus Howard: I think people would be surprised that I play guitar…mostly the Blues…and I write short stories about dimensional travel, time/space issues, and out of everyday situations…something incredible takes place.

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

Bus Howard: I ask fans of “The Flower Man” to view it, leave comments and give it their support…what a wonderful film.

 

He played in Hendrik Harms’ Dollar Baby All That You Love Will Be Carried Away as The Clerk.

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

James Kay: Hi! I’m James and I’m an all round creative guy. I trained as an actor and find myself doing a lot of podcast work these days. However acting is still a big focus of mine and it’s what gives me the most enjoyment!

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

James Kay: I was lucky enough to be taken to the theatre very often as I was growing up. I was exposed to both contemporary and classical shows from a very early age. I was also taken to the ballet a fair bit! I loved being engaged by what was happening in front of me and knew from very early it was what I wanted to do. When my football team unfortunately broke up, I atended a youth theatre on Saturday mornings and really found my feet on stage!

SKSM: How did you become involved in All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby film?

James Kay: It’s a bit of a funny story actually! I wasn’t the original cast member playing my part. I believe the person who had the role before me got offered an oppurtunity he couldn’t turn down so the film needed somebody quickly. I was on holiday and had just finished a day of paintballing when Jack, who plays Alfie, rang me and asked if I was free in a few days. I had trained with Jack at university. I said yes and that evening I was on the phone to the director, Hendrik and was on set a few days later!

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

James Kay: It’s a story that can be told in many different ways, and therefore each interpretation will bring something different to the table. I think that is true with a lot of Stephen King’s work. The unknown is exciting and people have a hunger to know more! It’s a page turner on paper, and I believe the cast and crew have transferred it to the screen wonderfully.

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

James Kay: Due to how I got the role, the answer is neither really! I sent Hendrik my showreel and he must have seen something he liked in me. That night we had a phonecall discussing the project and my role specifically, he sent over the scripts and within a week I had completely wrapped filming! It’s a fast paced business!

SKSM: You worked with Hendrik Harms on this film, how was that?

James Kay: Great! I came into the fold late and hadn’t established a relationship with any of the cast or crew (except Jack, having known him for 4 years). I was welcomed very warmly, and made to feel at home. Hendrik had a clear vision of what he wanted, but also allowed us as actors to play. Which for me is important! Having a driven director that allows you the freedom to play is biggest thing I look for when working with somebody. The shoot ran smoothly, and even filming the uncomfortable scenes I felt at ease!

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

James Kay: Without giving too much away, I was put through the wars! Geena the make up artist got to work her magic and make me look truly horrendous, and then during the evening I became one with the earth. I can’t really say much more without spoiling it, but it was funny, if not slightly weird to film!

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

James Kay: I’ve had brief chats with Hendrik and Jack. The cast and crew met up for a get together but unfortunately I was on another job so couldn’t attend. However I’ve been told we will all have a few drinks after the first screening so i’m excited for that!

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

James Kay: Right now I’m really into my podcast work. I’m currently working on a show called ‘That’s What People Do’ where we explore awesome and evil people throughout history! I’m also looking at producing some audio work for other people.

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

James Kay: Love it! Shawshank Redemption was one of the first films I ever watched and I can still watch it as intently today. I could list them all and how good they are! I actually worked on the first ever theatrical production of The Shining, where we had a hotel that was closed for the winter, and we took the audience around the hotel slowly unfolding the story of Jack and his family! We even managed to axe down a door twice a night. That was great fun!

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

James Kay: I used to be really good at playing Squash, and have a few medals to show for it! I still have the ability but my fitness can’t match it anymore!

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

James Kay: Get hyped for the film, I know I am!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

James Kay: Redrum

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