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She played in Bryan Higby‘s Dollar Baby Here There Be Tygers as Charlie.

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

Harper Higby: My name is Harper Higby. I’m eight but I was seven when I was in Here There Be Tygers. I’m in third grade.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Here there be tygers?

Harper Higby: My dad decided to direct and produce the film and he wanted to cast me as Charlie. I think Charlie was a boy in the Stephen King story, but dad wanted to make it a girl. My cousin Sophia played the bully Jenny and dad’s friend David played my teacher, Mr. Byrd.

SKSM: Your father is the filmmaker on this film, how was work with him?

Harper Higby: I loved how we acted and how there were a lot of other kids in the film. My favorite scene was in the bathroom when David grabbed me shouted at me. I also liked how dad let me actually wash my hands in the bathroom when we filmed that bit. Dad was a really nice director. He let me take my time to remember my lines.

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

Harper Higby: I liked the other kids reactions to us in the classroom. Rhiannon gave a really good nasty look and Sophia was really believable with being a bully.

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

Harper Higby: Well the director was my dad and we live together so I see him everyday. My cousin Sophia lives close by and I see her all the time. I see David sometimes we go to Lowville and visit my grandmother.

SKSM: What did you do after Here there be tygers?

Harper Higby: I haven’t been in another movie yet, but I am in the new movie Public Access to the Cosmos that my dad is directing this summer with David Wilder. I play another kid named Charlie LOL! It’s a scary movie.

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

Harper Higby: I have been a dancer for six year. I go to World of Dance in Colonie NY. I compete professionally.

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

Harper Higby: I really like a lot of Stephen King’s movies. I want to thank Stephen King for allowing us to do this film, because we had a lot of fun. Stephen King inspired my dad to become a writer.

 

She played in Mark Zimmerman’s Dollar Baby Rest Stop as Ellen.

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

Sontaan Hopson: My name is Sontaan. I’m an Australian actress based in Sydney.

Who am I? Very complex question (laughs) … at my core I’m a ball of energy filled with love ?

I also work at children’s hospitals entertaining the kids & families to help ease their difficult time in hospital, & I write kids meditations and guided stories for my site Little Zen Monsters.

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

Sontaan Hopson: I was always fascinated with movies & theatre when I was younger, particularly old movies. I remember watching Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream at Sydney Theatre Company when I was in high school & I was blown away seeing these actors bring this story to life. The ability to help me understand a language that seemed so foreign & sweep me away into another realm was mind boggling… I was hooked.

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

Sontaan Hopson: I’ve worked with Director Mark Zimmerman before. We have a lovely working relationship so when we approached me to do this, it was a no brainer.

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

Sontaan Hopson: I think everyone can relate. We all have a dark and a light side. People are fascinated by human behaviour.

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

Sontaan Hopson: It definitely wasn’t written for me since Stephen King wrote it and Mark adapted it, but that would be great!

SKSM: You worked with Mark Zimmerman on this film, how was that?

Sontaan Hopson: I’ve worked with him a few times now & it’s always nice to work with someone who you have a great working relationship with. It flows easily and it’s fun. We seem to have great respect for each other & our work.

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

Sontaan Hopson: Well there were a few times when we were filming on location and the lights kept getting shut down, not by any of the cast or crew… it ended up being a running joke.

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

Sontaan Hopson: Yes for sure! Actually most of them. We all send random messages now and then. It was a beautiful cast and crew I’m very fortunate to work with such great people.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Sontaan Hopson: I’m actually going to be touring Henry V in a few months around various parts of Australia, then I’ll be filming Equivocal Resolve straight after that, which is the sequel to Equivocal Redemption we shot at the end of last year.

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

Sontaan Hopson: Absolutely, I love how I will always be surprised with Stephen King. You think you know where the story is headed and then bam you’re totally somewhere else.

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

Sontaan Hopson: I’m also a stilt walker ?

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

Sontaan Hopson: Just make sure you do something you love in life… then you know you’re on the right track.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Sontaan Hopson: Thanks for the interview! ?

He played in Bryan Higby‘s Dollar Baby Here There Be Tygers as Mr. Bird.

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

David Wilder: Well my name is David Wilder. I’m a 47 year old father of a 19 year old son. Currently I work as a cleaner and caretaker in a retirement home type of place. Of course that’s just my 9 to 5 job as they say. My real passion is acting!

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

David Wilder: Well I’ve kinda been “acting” since I was a kid. When most kids were playing “cowboys and Indians” or whatever me and my close friends were acting out our favorite movies. But, then in the early to mid 90’s I became close friends with Bryan Higby and Rick Snyder. They opened my mind up to the idea of acting as a real career one day!

SKSM: How did you become involved in Here there be tygers Dollar Baby film?

David Wilder: Well as I said after becoming friends with Bryan him and I started working on projects together. We have wrote together and worked on a few short films. He really likes my style of acting. So when he got the chance to do a Dollar Baby project he wrote the Mr. Bird character with me in mind!

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

David Wilder: Well it boils down to be about bullying! Which has always been a issue with many people for years. And it’s a story of a kid getting revenge against their bullies. Which i think appeals to just about anyone with a history of being a victim of a bully!

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

David Wilder: Kinda answered this already. But yes Bryan wrote the part with me in mind!

SKSM: You worked with Bryan Higby on this film, how was that?

David Wilder: Working with Bryan is always a joy! We are more like brothers at this point. We get each other! And we know how to communicate to get a job done! I always take his direction well. And if I have any ideas he is always open to them. And if he agrees it will make it better we go for it. And if not we won’t. With zero resentment!

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

David Wilder: Well the kids really got a big kick out of my teeth. I used this make-up stuff that made my teeth looked like I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day… lol. And I have to say the kids were awesome to work with! Especially the two main ones. His daughter Harper and her cousin Sophia. What they did on the day of the shoot was just great stuff!

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

David Wilder: Well of course Bryan and I always keep in touch. We are currently working on another project. And sometimes I see Harper if the whole family comes up to visit. Or I go down there. We live quite a few miles from one another!

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

David Wilder: Like I said we are currently working on another project set up for this summer that’s gonna be connected to older projects. It’s gonna tie a bunch of smaller things together into one big piece!

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

David Wilder: Ohhh yess! I’ve been reading King since the mid 80’s!! My first was Pet Sematary. And am a huge fan of his Dark Tower books!

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

David Wilder: That I am a fan of all kinds of movies. I have a lot of Star Wars stuff in my house and King books on my shelves. But, I’m also a fan of comedies and action even some romantic comedies! I try to keep my mind open!

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

David Wilder: Just that if you get a chance to see our movie or any of these Dollar Baby movies go for it! We had a festival of a bunch of them in our hometown.  And a lot of them were very entertaining!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

David Wilder: Only that to be honest at first I wasn’t sure this was all legit. Lol. But, Bryan assured me it was all cool and to go for it… so here I am going for it! I hope that I have given you all you need. Bryan is the better writer and seller of himself. Lol. I just like to try and help him bring his visions to life! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

 

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.

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