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He is the Cinematographer and Co-editor of Warren Ray‘s Maxwell Edison. The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby film.

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

David Brewer: Depending on the day I am a filmaker, musician and an artist. I started filmaking specifically in 2011 with my feature debut, Nothing in the Flowers. From there I developed several series based projects as well as collaborated on film and music projects with other local talent. On Maxwell Edison I was the cinematographer and co-editor.

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

David Brewer: Just a long standing admiration for the visual arts. Most seriously in 2010-2011.

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

David Brewer: Try to be an astute listener first and foremost.

SKSM: You worked with Warren Ray on this film, what do you think the relationship between a director and a dp should be?

David Brewer: You should speak a unique, almost coded language. You have to allow yourself to open up to different ideas, that are not always your own.

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

David Brewer: It had it’s challenges but the tight shoot schedule over a few days made it quite manageable.

SKSM: When you’re going to shoot, what are your favorite lenses? formats?

David Brewer: I think DSLR has a nice fit in budget filmmaking but sometimes having more tools at your disposal, convenience, etc. takes time away from just creating a satisfying image. In otherwords, its less about equipment and more about using a tool that allows you to create more, tinker less.

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

David Brewer: The final scene on the stairs was shot late, late into the night while an entire family was sleeping in the other room. We were super quiet and everyone was extremely professional and respectful.

SKSM: Who are some of your influences (favorite dps/films)?

David Brewer: Coen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Adam McKay, Tarantino.

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

David Brewer: I do enjoy the films based off his books, I am not a reader. My girlfriend however is a huge fan and has read/owns all of his works. My personal go to would be Cujo. You couldn’t make that film today without pissing off the dog lovers. Regardless of the breed used. It was frightening because it was quite realistic.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

David Brewer: I am pushing my musical endeavors head first now as I have been writing music for most of my life, just now going public with some stuff. I have a few scripts that I feel are quite strong but not sure if I will ever see them into films as they are quite ambitious and films are major work.

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

David Brewer: That I am 49.

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 Brewer: The support for the Dollar Baby projects is amazing and I really never knew how far and wide the netwrok extended.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

David Brewer: Thank you for the interview and thank you for keeping this project alive.

He is the filmmaker behind Gray Matter Dollar Baby film.

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

Red Clark: Thanks for interviewing me, it’s great to be included with such a great group of people. My name is Red Clark, I’m a writer/director/editor, and I live and work out in Michigan and Chicago.

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

Red Clark: I started making movies when I was a little kid. When I was in High School in the 90s, I was one of the only kids at our school who had a camera, so I would put everyone in my films. It was a lot bigger of a deal at the time. This was before all the school violence that would follow at the close of the Millenium, so I was actually able to film projects at school and get away with a lot of goofy stuff. I put teachers in films, and they would hang out with me outside of class. There was a bully who didn’t like me, so I asked him to come and get eaten by monsters in a movie I was making. Jocks acted with nerds and goth kids. I got my first real date with a projectionist at my first film festival and won a 100 movie prize the same night (I took everyone out for milk-shakes). So movies were a way for me to tell stories and break down walls that most had a hard time facing during High School. I remember playing my movie trailer in the school lunchroom. Stop motion monsters run around, and the school explodes Rock and Roll High School style at the end. Everyone went nuts. I decided to skip class for the rest of the day (which I never did before) and play the trailer for every lunch period. So I’d say at a very early age I fell in love with film and storytelling and knew I’d do it for the rest of my life.

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

Red Clark: The idea for Gray Matter was to do a straight forward monster movie with all practical effects. I did a Kickstarter, and I raised about 8k after fees, one of the pledgers had to back out, so that dented the total amount. It probably all cost around 9500 to make, which all went into gear rental and practical effects budget. I started the film back in 2013. Even though I can actually work extremely fast, we allowed the shoots to spread out quite a bit due to actor availability and fabrication of the makeup effects. In the beginning, it was just myself and my good friend Ross, along with Mike Bove on camera, just filming when people whenever they were free. I had someone come in toward the end of production to assist me and organizing people for the shoots named Katherin Mraz. Like anyone helping, she ended up doing lots of random stuff like being a stand-in or throwing slime. Waiting for snow was also a big obstacle. For some reason, the timeframe I chose was the winter with the least amount of snow. I ended up faking most of it with white foam, baby powder and lots of soft focus. After Gray Matter, I vowed to never spread out a shoot like that again and compress things down shooting wise. Much better.

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

Red Clark: It was always a favorite short story of mine. The part with the spider particularly creeped me out as a kid. I also just thought it was a weird, very straightforward monster story.

SKSM: I’ve seen how the spider was built. It’s really awesome. Could you tell me about it?

Red Clark: The spider was animatronic. All the effects for the movie are practical, down to the tiniest details that no one but myself would care about, haha. I contacted someone in Colorado, Kevon Ward to help build the mechanics of the spider. He eventually flew out to assist during the scenes. He is a massive talent. Kevon and Dina Cimarusti were vital to getting all the practical effects done, and Rebekah Lieto came in to help finish things during the home stretch. All the makeup people that helped on the project went on to win effects reality TV shows or work on television productions. We had a small but really talented bunch all across the board. Thomas Hodge, who did the poster, has done many of the John Carpenter Blu Ray releases. He recently did The Colour Out of Space poster for the H.P. Lovecraft film by Richard Stanley. His work continues to be insane.

SKSM: The film has references to Stephen King work. Fans we love those things.

Red Clark: I tried to put as many little references as I could. I did so for myself just as much as anyone watching. There’s an adaptation of the cookie commercial mentioned in Cujo and a Pennywise appearance (this was before the It remake was in motion). Stephen King stories all cross over like crazy, which everyone adapting his recent work has figured out and is now incorporating. King was and continues to be ahead of his time. He’d already created a marvel universe of horror before it was “cool.” See if you can spot books by the various talented King family in the movie.

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?

Red Clark: I’d been aware for a long time as I picked up The Woman in the Room on VHS as a kid, I still have my old copy. I also did a book trailer for King’s publisher for Just After Sunset. It was a contest King was judging that I won and I was in touch with his secretary around that time, Marsha, who was an amazing and generous person. So I asked about doing Gray Matter.

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

Red Clark: At a certain point, it was just about getting the movie done, so I just started filming myself as stand-ins for different characters. I think me and my friend Ross played every role at some point. One night, I was stuck alone puppeteering a decayed kitten hand puppet. I threw together the cocoon last minute with coffee grounds, cotton swabs, and Elmer’s glue. So I was puppeteering with one hand covered in glop, and waving a flashlight in the other hand for lighting. I had to use my foot to run the fog machine and press record on the camera with my tooth. Another time I just hit record sat down, dumped slime and fake blood on myself, and writhed around thinking, “I deserve this.” There was another semi-creepy moment when I was editing and composing scary music in an empty studio where I pulled multiple one-nighters to finish. I had to use a body cast of myself as a dead body in the movie, and it was sitting in a body bag in a room in the dimly lit studio. Whenever I went to use the bathroom or get a snack at 3am, I would have to sneak past this body bag, which I know had my “corpse” in it, and that dead-looking version of my face. It started to really creep me out, and I was getting those “Shining” woman in the bathtub vibes… I’d be counting down to when I’d have to walk past my body. Also, it was cold out, so when the heat would pump back on, the bag would breathe a little like something out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Gave me the willies.

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?

Red Clark: Anybody that contacted me, I would probably send a copy free of charge. I don’t think a DVD release would ever be possible, and I wouldn’t want it. This was purely a passion project. King letting filmmakers do this sort of thing is already extraordinarily generous and awesome.

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

Red Clark: I’m probably the movie’s harshest critic, haha. A lot of people have told me they liked it. I haven’t had a ton of reviews, but the response was very positive at film festivals. It won some awards. To me, it’s a straight forward old fashioned monster movie. I think it turned out alright.

SKSM: Grey matter had the festival circuit in the past around the world but… where was the premiere?

Red Clark: The technical premiere was in Chicago. It also played in at a Dollar Baby festival in Argentina, in Ireland, and one of my favorite places of all…at a Drive-In. The final showing was at The Catlow Theater, a historic single-screen movie theater next to my childhood High School. I filmed a werewolf attack in the attached alleyway as a kid. I always wanted one of my movies played there, so it was a fantastic finish.

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

Red Clark: I’m a lifelong King reader. Though I read a ton of film-making books at a young age, Stephen King and Ray Bradbury were the people that got me into reading short stories and novels. I enjoy reading everything King writes because the journey and characters are always well worth the time. If I had to pick a favorite, I would have to say these had the most significant impact on me: The Long Walk, Pet Semetary, and 11/22/63. As far as movies go, I’m a big fan of Mick Garris because of what he’s accomplished King wise and what he has done for the horror community in general. Not sure I can pick a favorite King adaptation, there are just too many fun ones. A guilty pleasure of mine is Maximum Overdrive. There’s just something hilarious about seeing Stephen King get called an asshole by an ATM, and that steamroller scene with the ACDC music cue gets me every time.

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)?

Red Clark: No personal contact, and none expected, of course! I did receive a signed and dedicated book from him for the Just After Sunset book trailer, but that’s about all directly from Stephen King. I’m not sure if he’s seen my Gray Matter, but I assume not since he has a very busy life, and there are so many Dollar Babies. Already grateful he saw my book trailer and I was told got a kick out of that at least.

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?

Red Clark: I’m not sure I would ever do another King story, but I can dream, right? So much of the ones I like are already adapted or are currently being made. If I could pick one thing to shoot, I would say something like The Long Walk would be a dream. Maybe a proper adaptation of The Running Man. I would love to make an episode of the Creepshow series because I think I’d kill it, but that’s a “Reach” (pun intended).

SKSM: Have you seen the episode of Creepshow TV series? if so, what do you think about it?

Red Clark: One of the artists featured in my Gray Matter did much of the wraparound comic art for the Gray Matter Creepshow TV episode. That was kind of surreal to see. I think the episode did many things better character-wise than my adaptation. I really wish they wouldn’t have used any CGI since I personally don’t believe Greg Nicoteri needs it at all (his work is so good and stands on its own), but I’m picky that way. I love practical effects so much that I even put some stop motion in mine even though I know it looks hokey…I just wanted to do some. They also made their version super fast as I understand it. I definitely got a kick out of it. Adrienne Barbeau is so cool, and I’m a huge fan so what can I even say, that alone is worth the price of admission. Ironically, I had someone impersonating her radio voice for the WZON radio announcement in my adaptation. She is an icon.

SKSM: What are you working nowadays?

Red Clark: I recently wrote and co-directed some interactive shows that aired on the front page of Twitch. I have some other feature horror projects and series I am pulling together. My dream is to do a film or series for Shudder, home of the new Creepshow series. I absolutely love what they are doing for the horror community and want to be part of it.

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

Red Clark: I got locked in a cave in the middle of the night with a crazy forest Ranger, it’s a long story. I swam with alligators once. My life cast used for Gray Matter (the one that was creeping me out at night) appeared as an autopsied corpse on NBC’s Chicago Med. Fun facts!

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

Red Clark: Stay weird, everybody.

SKSM: Would you like to add something?

Red Clark: I would like to pull focus and thank Stephen King for being so generous to artists and complete strangers he’s helped over the years. In these dark days, it is incredible to have people in the world who stand out like a lighthouse in the storm. I would argue that even though King has entertained and scared the shit out of generations of constant-readers, he’s mainly brought more hope and love into this world. So I’d like to say thanks “Uncle Steve” from myself and all the Dollar Baby kids.

 

 

He wrote the script of Gray Matter Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: Hi Mark. This is your second interview for the site. Thank you very much! Remind to our readers, who you are and what do you do?

Mark McFarlane: Thank you very much for having me back, it’s always a pleasure to speak to you! My name is Mark McFarlane, and I am a filmmaker, writer, designer and artist based in Ayrshire, Scotland.

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

Mark McFarlane: I never actually considered pursuing writing, or even believed I had any talent for it actually, until I began attending college to study filmmaking. I come from a commercial art/graphic design background and initially I was focused purely on the visual aspect of filmmaking. However, creative writing was a significant part of my first college session and I was encouraged to pursue it by two amazingly supportive lecturers. Being a long-time Stephen King fan, his short stories were always my favourite part of his literary output, so naturally I gravitated to writing short stories myself, with King as a huge influence. Once I attended university to study film it was natural for me to begin writing my own scripts, and it was then that I really fell in love with the process of screenwriting. Being able to see my own words put to the screen was, and still is, incredibly exhilarating.

SKSM: You wrote the script for Gray matter Dollar Baby Film. I recently read it and I loved it. I think it’s very faithful to the original short story. Would you finally have made any changes before shooting the movie?

Mark McFarlane: Thank you for your kind words about the script, I’m extremely glad you enjoyed it! I don’t believe I would’ve made any significant changes to the script before shooting. Whenever I make films I understand that it is a hugely collaborative process. In the past, I’ve had whole scenes play completely differently on screen than it appeared on the page purely through the input of the incredibly talented actors I’m working with. In that case I was working from my own material and I was absolutely willing to make those changes. I think though, when you’re working from material based on the work of people like Stephen King, you must remain absolutely true to the spirit of the characters he has written, and the situations he puts them in. I spent a lot of time throughout the multiple drafts to really retain that structure he had in place, so I don’t feel any changes would have been necessary.

SKSM: You worked in a script based on a Stephen King short story. It was your most challenging script for now?

Mark McFarlane: I think every script has its own unique challenges, and while I wouldn’t say ‘Gray Matter’ was the most challenging I’ve ever written, there were very particular issues which I needed to work around. These were mainly issues brought about by me transplanting the original Maine setting to my home country of Scotland. I could’ve retained the original setting but I think having a bunch of Scottish actors putting on their best New England accents would’ve been deepl detrimental to the film! That said, I think everyone is aware that us Scots have our own distinct way of talking that doesn’t always translate well! Fortuately one of the things I love about King’s work is that I find it universally relatable. I’ve known many older men in my life who I could draw easy parallels with the characters from ‘Grey Matter’, despite being separated by nearly 3000 miles of ocean, so it was simply a case of tweaking their voices to sound natural and unforced in my native accent. It also helped that I find ‘Grey Matter’ to be an incredibly cinematic short story anyway, so I suppose the real challenge was not screwing it up!

SKSM: Fans we can’t see your adaptation anymore. The rights to the story have already been sold. If you had filmed Gray matter, how long would the running time have been?

Mark McFarlane: We would have been looking to make it around 20-25 minutes.

SKSM: As I said before, you are unable to proceed with your Dollar Baby due to Gray matter was made as an episode of Creepshow TV series. Did you watch it? If so, what’s your opinion?

Mark McFarlane: I did watch it, yes. I’m fully aware that my opinion of it is heavily coloured by my disappointment at not getting to shoot my own version, but I was very unimpressed by it. I felt it compromised the original story too much, and reduced it to a bland ‘man turns into monster’ story. I love the characters and the relationships of the short story so much, and to not see those people, in that very distinct setting, left me feeling really low about it. Credit where it’s due though, it was well directed, the final effects of Richie’s transformation were excellent, and I have a lot of love for each member of the cast, especially Adrienne Barbeau. Perhaps some day I’ll be able to look at it with a bit more objectivity!

SKSM: Gray matter was adapted as a Dollar Baby film several times. Have you seen some of these adaptations?

Mark McFarlane: Unfortunately I’ve only been able to see the trailers for these adaptations. I’m a big fan of the Dollar Baby program and love that all these other filmmakers have been able to give their own unique take on such wonderful source material. Sadly I think my time has now passed for making my own Dollar Baby. I would’ve loved to bring my version of ‘Grey Matter’ to the screen, but so much time, effort and love was put into it, only to then see it be snatched away, that I feel it’s time to move on and work on some original projects. That said, I wouldn’t trade the experience of trying to get ‘Grey Matter’ made for anything. I learned a lot, and met some great new people, and I would recommend it to any filmmaker out there.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Mark McFarlane: Right now I’m working on a low budget horror feature with my friend and long-time collaborator Jimmi Johnson, who was the editor on Clive Barker’s Night Breed: The Cabal Cut, and is an incredibly talented writer and filmmaker in his own right. It’s a horror/black-comedy with heavy influences from films such as Evil Dead 2 and Eraserhead, about a woman who becomes trapped in a house being terrorised by otherworldly forces. Plus, I always like to sprinkle a few King and Dark Tower references into whatever I’m working on, so look out for those when the film eventually rolls out. That’s really about as much as I can say for now, but it’s been incredibly fun to write and I’m extremely excited to start shooting. We were actually ready to move into the casting stage, with the shoot itself pencilled in for around June/July, however the current Covid-19 situation has halted the production for now. As it stands I’m working on the storyboards for now, and as soon as it’s safe to do so, the production will be back up and running!

SKSM: Thanks again for your incredible support! Something you’d like to tell our readers?

Mark McFarlane: I think I’d just like to say thank you again to those people who reached out to me with their comiserations when the Creepshow adaptation was announced, particularly Jackie Perez who wrote and directed ‘Beachworld‘, and Shudder themselves who were gracious enough to compliment the teaser trailer I put out. If anyone is interested in seeing that trailer you can find it, and a selection of my other films at https://www.youtube.com/user/markgmcfarlanefilms. You can also follow my misadventures on Instagram @hotfudz, and find a whole bunch of my silly merchandise at www.redbubble.com/people/octoberfifteen/ all proceeds from which are funneled into our upcoming feature film, so any likes, subscribes, comments, and general support is greatly appreciated! Thank you once again for allowing me the opportunity to talk to you, it’s always a great experience, and an absolute pleasure to talk to the Dollar Baby community!

 

He is the filmmaker behind All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby Film.

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

Seth Friedman: My name is Seth Friedman, I am a filmmaker and a sophomore in college.

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

Seth Friedman: For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved stories and movies in particular. I remember seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, and (SPOILER ALERT) when the Nazi’s faces melted off, I was fascinated with how they did that. I did research and went deep into the behind the scenes footage to learn about how it was done without killing the actor. From that, my passion for cinema was born.

SKSM: When did you make All that you love will be carried away? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Seth Friedman: The process of making All That You Love Will Be Carried Away was very interesting. I applied for the story through Stephen King’s website and got access much faster than I had expected. From the time I got the rights to the end of post-production was about a year and a half.

SKSM: How come you picked All that you love will be carried away to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Seth Friedman: Originally, I had permission to make Here There Be Tygers, but the story wasn’t resonating with me as much as King’s other stories. I decided to look over the list of stories once again and found All That You Love Will Be Carried Away. It was perfect. I like to create a new challenge for myself with each new film I make and filming a single character in a single location with little dialogue seemed like the perfect way to push myself. Beyond that, I saw an opportunity to inject my own personality and experiences into the character. I struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, so I decided to give Alfie the same struggle. Making Alfie into a man who is afraid of germs yet spends his life in ratty motels and gas station bathrooms became a fascinatingly cathartic paradox for me.

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?

Seth Friedman: My friend, George Long, who you previously interviewed, brought this program to my attention and I was certain that he was kidding. I did some more research and found out that this wasn’t a joke at all. I went on to the website and applied through their forum, and to my surprise, they granted me the rights!

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

Seth Friedman: I can talk for hours about production, but I would be doing a huge disservice to the film if I didn’t mention Sam Smith, the cinematographer, who made the film look and feel like it does. Also, Charles Richard “Chuck” Landers really brought a lot of ideas and stories to the role of Alfie Zimmer. Chuck had never acted before but had always enthralled me with every story he has told me. We met up for what was supposed to be an hour to discuss the script but ended up turning into four and a half hours of sharing stories back and forth.

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?

Seth Friedman: Honestly, I find it very frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Dollar Baby program is incredible, but that is its only flaw. I can’t quantify how many times someone has asked to see the film and I had to explain to them the legal issues (and I am by no means a lawyer).

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

Seth Friedman: The film is very particular. I designed the script to be paced so that we, the audience, feel the emotions alongside Alfie. When he is sad or bored, so are we (but hopefully not too bored). Life on the road for Alfie is slow and full of little moments. I tried to maintain King’s brilliance as much as possible, while making it my own. The performance of Chuck Landers really has resonated with audiences. When I recorded his screen test, I knew that he was going to elevate the script far beyond anything I could’ve hoped.

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

Seth Friedman: So far, the film premiered at The AMC Empire in Times Square, as well as Cincinnati, Rochester, and Amsterdam.

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

Seth Friedman: I am a massive King fan. I love seeing the different ways that his works can be interpreted. When we were making the film, we discussed two ways of adapting his material: Kubrickian or Darabont-esque. Frank Darabont has made some of the best King adaptations (from Shawshank to Green Mile, or his own Dollar Baby short film), which Kubrick’s The Shining really only brushes on the original work. The range of adaptation between these two landmark filmmakers is astonishing, and it is very interesting to see where the newest adaptations fall.

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)?

Seth Friedman: I’ve heard stories of King reaching out to some filmmakers, and even having a shelf holding the DVDs of his favorite Dollar Baby films, but I have not personally had contact with him. I included my information in the DVD case I sent him but have not heard back. Who knows? Maybe I’ll hear from him the moment I finish this interview.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Seth Friedman: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many of my project have been put on hold or cancelled. I was getting ready to shoot a short film loosely based on The Body (and inspired by the tone of the film adaptation, Stand By Me), which follows two kids who accidentally discover the body of Jimmy Hoffa. Aside from that, I have a number of very exciting projects I am trying to develop, but at this time nothing is confirmed.

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

Seth Friedman: After watching my films, it is natural for people to think I am a bummer of a person, but I actually write stand-up comedy with a friend who performs regularly in Los Angeles.

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

Seth Friedman: Thank you for reaching out! I am always excited to discuss this project, which holds a special place in my heart. I would encourage anyone who is interested in filmmaking (or even if you’re slightly interested in filmmaking) to apply for the rights to a King story. It will permanently change the way you see movies and literature.

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Seth Friedman: I suppose I will use this as the place to shamelessly plug my first feature length film. I was lucky enough to once again work with Chuck Landers, Sam Smith, and tons of great people. The film follows disgraced screenwriter Thomas Clark (Chuck Landers) as he fights to clear his name and release his masterpiece. (Link: https://youtu.be/MTChAoiZvGo)

 

He is the man behind Maxwell Edison. The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby Film.

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

Warren Ray: My name is Warren Ray. I’m a singer-songwriter musician /recording artist. I was a professional child actor.  In my late twenties I got involved in doing film work and started acting again I have since been in about 15 Independent films.

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

Warren Ray: When I was a boy my father was a stage actor he also was a technical director and set designer for theater. At a young age I knew I wanted to be involved in making movies. initially I wanted to do special effects I was fascinated with miniature models, spaceship design and robotics. My parents were both theater folks and that’s how I got involved in acting.

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

Warren Ray: Maxwell Edison was filmed in 2011 I believe, although I had done some small Parts in film work previously, I had just finished starring in my first feature film called “Nothing in the flowers.” That film was directed by David Brewer in 2010. After that film was completed, I asked David to became the cinematographer on “Maxwell Edison” because we had just completed a feature film together and had developed a sort of shorthand understanding for each other and I knew we worked well together. I had a few months preparation before filming, I believe it took us 4 days of shooting then another few weeks to edit. I think the film ended up costing about $500 to shoot.

SKSM: How come you picked The man who loved flowers to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Warren Ray: When I read The Man Who loved flowers it didn’t contain much dialogue and presented a visual challenge. Because I didn’t want to do a film with a bunch of voice over narration. Someone I respected had said a bunch of narration is the easy way out in filmmaking, So I thought a 60s mod style film might be interesting to try and pull off.

SKSM: Maxwell Edison it’s not only based on Stephen King’s story, but also on the Beatles song ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. Can you tell me how the idea came about?

Warren Ray: When I read The Man Who Loved flowers it reminded me of the Beatles song Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. It made me wonder if mr. King had not been inspired by The Beatles tune when he wrote the short story, so I thought it may be interesting to do a mash-up version of the two. Because The Man Who Loved flowers had already been shot by a few other Dollar Baby film and I wanted mine to be different and unique.

SKSM: Music is a very important part in Maxwell Edison film. I read that you had a good experience in music before making the movie.

Warren Ray: I had been a singer-songwriter recording artist and had enjoyed some very limited success in trying to be a rockstar for several years, so music played a big part in my life and all my favorite films always had the best music in them. My favorite films seem to be the ones that the music had a very intricate part in their success. Films like 2001, Saturday Night Fever, Rocky, Star Wars, anything Quentin Tarantino ever did.

SKSM: Your short film was the first Dollar Baby to be shot in 3D. Can you tell me about it?

Warren Ray: Actually Maxwell Edison was shot in a regular form then it was transferred inside a computer program  that transferred the film into the old school 3D format the kind that you wear the red and blue glasses in order to see it in 3 dimension, Not the modern type of 3D we now enjoy in movie theaters. This appealed to me because of the Retro vibe that I had chosen to give this particular Film Production. And the thought of everyone wearing paper glasses in order to enjoy my film you made me grin. Unfortunately when projected on big screen it doesn’t work as well in 3D as it does on a small screen like a computer or a television. So therefore we have a regular and a 3D version of maxwell Edison.

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?

Warren Ray: I had seen a version of “In the Death Room” that was screening at a film festival in which another one of my films called “Super Rocket V8” was also playing. Of course I was curious how they procured the rights to a Stephen King story, I did some research and the rest is history.

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

Warren Ray: I don’t know if it would considered funny or not but in the opening sequence where Maxwell is walking under the Skyway along the River Bank. That is kind of a sketchy area for crime also with homeless folks living in tent Camps… so me walking around in a suit and tie carrying a flower box with a big red bow on it and David with his expensive camera gear made for an interesting spectacle for sure. It was just the two of us down there under the Skyway shooting that footage so we had to watch our backs in fear of losing the camera gear or someone assuming I had money because I was wearing a suit. A few fellows did come out of the bushes and watch us from a distance, I think they thought we were doing some type of wedding photography or something, then the scenes that I’m walking around downtown in the city some people were congratulating me, I think they thought it was my wedding day, that was kind of funny it was easier not to explain what we were really doing.

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?

Warren Ray: Today at Maxwell Edison has screened in 14 different countries including Russia two times at various Dollar Baby film festivals. Of course I would love to see it released on DVD with other dollar babies as an anthology. At the time of this interview we are in the midst of the Corona virus pandemic and there is talk of trying to organize and online Dollar Baby Film Festival. I hope to be involved in that Festival but as I understand they are still trying to get permission from mr. King’s office to do so.

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

Warren Ray: For the most part reviews have been favorable. My favorite review however was one that said that the film looked beautiful and was stylish and had a great music score but it contained a gratuitous Gore scene at the end that went on for too long. That review struck me is pretty hilarious. Considering we had already edited out at least a minute of bloody Gore the film had contained before the Final Cut.

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

Warren Ray: As I have mentioned before Maxwell Edison has screened several Dollar Baby festivals All Over America, in Spain, the Netherlands, Canada and Russia. At this point I’m hoping that the online film festival becomes a reality and that they are able to obtain permission from mr. King’s office in order to do so.

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

Warren Ray: I like The Shining although Stanley Kubrick took some liberties with the original story. I have no right to complain about that because I have done the same thing myself with The Man Who Loved flowers. The Cycle of the werewolf novella I believe it’s my favorite text, I don’t care for the adaptation called “Silver Bullet” I thought it gave away the Whodunnit Style plot much too early in the story line. How many times written text doesn’t transfer to film very well and it poses a challenge for the filmmaker. I would like to have a crack at filming cycle of the werewolf and staying more true to the original text. When I first started reviewing the various short stories available for the Dollar Baby program I had hopes that Cycle of the werewolf was among them sadly it was not, but actually deserves a feature film presentation anyway.

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)?

Warren Ray: No, I have only communicated with mr. King’s office staff but I hope someday he will see Maxwell Edison of course.

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?

Warren Ray: As I said before Cycle of the werewolf would be my choice if I had the opportunity to film another Stephen King story.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Warren Ray: I had a lead role in a new horror Anthology called “Cryptids” I hope that will be released this year. I am currently working on mastering a music recording project I finnished recently, it is a 6 song EP entitled “Alberta” it was done on Antiquated 70s 2-inch tape gear, so that posed some technical challenges and difficulties but it has a warm sound and I look forward two people hearing it.

I also have a starring role in “Nathan Thomas Milner’s” next feature film called “On a Dark and Bloody ground” but that production is on hold because of the covid-19 pandemic for now.

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

Warren Ray: One interesting thing that most people don’t know about me was I lived in a haunted house when I was a child. We only stayed there for 4 months at one point my parents came into my room and the bed was levitating off of the floor and vibrating violently, I was screaming and crying at the top of my lungs. It stopped when my parents came into the room but they witnessed it, I was maybe 7 years old. When I asked them what had happened? they covered up the truth and told me they had just been playing a joke on me, I told them” it wasn’t very funny”. After we moved away my parents told me the truth about the house and all the haunting that they had experienced  because they had hidden it from me but I was afraid of the dark for those four months i do recall that. This life experience involving my entire family also being witness to it, changed my view of the world and my spiritual belief system forever. True story.

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

Warren Ray: Hey Oscar, thanks for the continued help and support. Keep you beautiful family safe and healthy my friend.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Warren Ray: My full music catalog is available on spotify, Amazon, and YouTube.

 

He played in Mark Hensley’s The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby Film as Young Man.

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

Sam Meader: I play ‘The Man’, an emotionally-intense character to define… To me, he was perfectly sane; but to you, he most-definitely wasn’t. I’m originally from the UK, but now work in Los Angeles. If I can create everyday, I’m happy…

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

Sam Meader: I grew up performing in a rock band and always loved the freedom of expression it gave me. Eventually, enough bottles were thrown at me, and around the age of eighteen I started to explore acting – that’s when I found my true passion.

SKSM: How did you become involved in The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby film?

Sam Meader: I had worked with Mark Hensley and Peggy Lewis in the past, developing their brilliant play ‘London Calling: The Musical’ – the first musical to officially involve the iconic music of The Clash. I loved working with them so much that we’ve always stayed in touch, so when they reached out with ‘The Man Who Loved Flowers’ I naturally said yes.

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

Sam Meader: I think we all have a yearning for fear, provided that we’re one-step removed from it. Peggy Lewis did a fantastic job of penning a suspenseful script, and Stephen King’s characters always remind us that we’re one personal disaster away from releasing our inner-psychopath.

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

Sam Meader: Mark Hensley knew my work, and what I could potentially bring to the role. Or maybe he just thought I needed to release that inner-psychopath for a minute. Either way, it was a match.

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

Sam Meader: This was my first time working with Mark as a director, having previously worked with him as a producer. I think the many areas of the industry Mark has worked in really bled into him being a great director. He articulately knew what he wanted, and consistently considered every aspect of the production – but his focus was always on the overall storytelling, rather than the minutia, which I greatly admired.

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

Sam Meader: I had previously acted with Amy Scribner as a disgruntled mother and son, so hitting her over the head with a hammer was an amusing turn of retribution. Now it’s her turn for vengeance…

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

Sam Meader: I still keep in touch with Mark Hensley and Peggy Lewis; they throw good pool parties…

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Sam Meader: I’ve just had a feature film premiere called INTO THE ARMS OF DANGER, in which I play the killer son of crazy ‘Momma’ Cathy Moriarty. Catch it on Lifetime TV, LMN, and streaming networks. You can also see me in the upcoming season of BOSCH (Amazon) and THE ORVILLE (Fox).

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

Sam Meader: The Dark Tower was one of the first adult series I read as a kid. Which is perhaps why I have such an active imagination…

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

Sam Meader: I can fly a plane… kinda…

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

Sam Meader: Thanks for reading — now go make something!!

And for my buddy, Jon Degnan – shoutout to The Escape Fall and the Darling Sweethearts…

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Sam Meader:

Instagram – @skmeader

IMdB – https://www.imdb.me/sammeader/

Web – https://www.samuelmeader.com

 

He played in Mark Hensley’s The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby Film as Detective Sal Deangelo.

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

Phil Idrissi: I am principally an actor, but have been doing a bit of writing as well. I’m a late-bloomer to the arts having spent the first 25 years of my career in Sales, Marketing and Business Development, mostly in the Insurance, Software and Packaging industries.

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

Phil Idrissi: I was almost 40.  I had been working on my first film in Seattle called “The Scratch” and we had just wrapped a gruling 9 hour shoot in the cold, pouring rain of February. I was exhausted, driving home from that shoot and just caught a glimmer of the sunrise over the horizen. I just knew, at that moment, this was what I was supposed to do with my life.

SKSM: How did you become involved in The man who loved flowers Dollar Baby film? 

Phil Idrissi: I knew Mark Hensley and Peggy Lewis from a previous Project they wrote and directed. He reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in playing the role.

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

Phil Idrissi: Well, unfortunately it’s a pretty timeless portrayal of mental illness and the pain, both endured and inflicted by someone dealing with a devistating loss.

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

Phil Idrissi: I’m sure there were many people that Mark could have asked to do this, but I just got lucky.

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

Phil Idrissi: Mark’s an amazing director.  It was a very organized and efficient shoot, despite the normal challanges of shooting in a dense urban setting.  It really couldn’t have gone any smoother.

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

Phil Idrissi: There was a debate about the amount of blood they should use to cover the corpse (played by Peggy). That was a humerous moment.

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

Phil Idrissi: I occasionally see Guy Picot in my Cold Reading Group, LA TUESDAYS @ 9. Also, Mark and Peggy are my neighbors so we see each other occasionally. Mostly though I keep up with folks on Social Media

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Phil Idrissi: Up until the COVID19 Pandemic, I was enjoying a busy Network TV Pilot Season here in Los Angeles.  Hopefully, it will resume after this condition passes through.

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

Phil Idrissi: I’ve read parts of several of his books and, sure you could say I’m a fan. Horror, in general is not a genre I seek out in particular, however.

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

Phil Idrissi: I’m terrified of needles which has saved me from both experimenting with IV drug use and getting tattoos.

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

Phil Idrissi: Thank you for watching our Little film. I hope you enjoyed it.

 

She played in Matthew Maio Mackay‘s Dollar Baby A Tale of the Laundry Game as Bobby’s Wife.

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

Stefanie Rossi: I am a professional actor/singer living in Adelaide, South Australia. I have an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) and have been working in the industry for the last 8 years both locally, nationally and internationally. I currently run my own theatre company (STARC Productions – check us out on Facebook!) as well as teach singing and acting and work with a number of the Universities around Adelaide helping conduct simulated patient-doctor scenarios for their training doctors. I am constantly involved in stage shows as well as film projects of varying sizes and work both in front of and behind the camera as a producer and 1st AD.

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

Stefanie Rossi: I loved performing/all things creative from a young age and naturally fell into Drama, Singing and Dance lessons, which I continued to do throughout my primary school and high school education. When I left high school I tried going to university but found that I wasn’t enjoying the work I was doing or really getting inspired. That’s when I decided to audition for the various acting institutions around Australia and make Acting my career. So I think I always inherently knew acting was my passion and what I wanted to do. It’s just a part of me. It’s in my blood. There really isn’t a choice for me.

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

Stefanie Rossi: I had played a minor role in director Matthew Maio Mackey’s film smothered and he approached me about whether I would like to play a role in A Tale Of The Laundry Game, an invitation I of course accepted.

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

Stefanie Rossi: I think that all of the characters in A Tale Of The Laundry Game are very real people – raw, flawed and relatable in one way or another – and I think that is something that audience members crave and are drawn to, no matter how disturbing their actions or thought processes might be.

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

Stefanie Rossi: I didn’t have to audition for the part and I believe Matthew had me in mind for the part.

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

Stefanie Rossi: Matthew is a director who really lets the actor play with their character and gives them freedom to experiment with their own ideas within each scene. He will then make little changes but he really lets you do your thing and trusts you, so that is great!

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

Stefanie Rossi: In one of my scenes I was required to look like I was taking some pills, which is harder to fake than it may sound haha! They kept falling out of my hands and then when we had to do retakes, got sticky due to touching the water I was ‘taking’ them with etc So there were definitely a few bloopers there!

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

Stefanie Rossi: Absolutely! I still have contact with everyone from Matthew to Rebecca the DOP and all of the actors.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Stefanie Rossi: These days my focus is spread across a number of projects but the main focus for me at the moment is my theatre company STARC Productions with whom I present 3 plays a year as well as with a medieval/fantasy film series I am involved in producing/acting in called WARPATH –Chronicle– (again, check it out on Facebook), a, 11 episode film series that we finished filming mid last year. We are currently in post-production on that and will be releasing a trailer for it very soon.

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

Stefanie Rossi: I had never really looked much into Stephen King’s work before doing this film but I had always respected him as a writer and a creative in general. I don’t handle watching horror/scary films very well but I’m always ok to act in them…go figure!

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

Stefanie Rossi: I think people would be surprised to know that I am 100% Italian. People often look at me in shock when I tell them that and say “but you’re so fair!” I also think they wouldn’t suspect that I’m a qualified personal trainer and am a strict vegan and have been for 12 years – the reaction I get when I tell people that is “but you look so healthy” haha!

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

Stefanie Rossi: No worries at all! Thanks for the interview. To the fans, I’d just like to say thanks for taking the time to check out the film! Enjoy and keep supporting the independent work of us artists out there!

 

He played in Warren Ray‘s Maxwell Edison. The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby film as Tulip.

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

Demi Demaree: My name is Demi Demaree, and I’m an artist from Louisville, Ky.

I say artist, because I like to be involved in anything that is creative. My main focus has been music for a long time, but I have had the opportunity to do some acting here and there.

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

Demi Demaree: I wouldn’t call myself an actor per say. I’ve been a part of numerous skits from comedy to music videos etc, but have only had actual roles in a few films. This being one of them, and more recently I played a detective in One Must Fall by Antonio Pantoja.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Maxwell Edison. The man who loved flowers Dollar Baby film?

Demi Demaree: Warren actually reached out to me to see if I’d be interested. I think he just figured I’d be a good fit for the part.

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

Demi Demaree: The deeper the love, the deeper the hate they say. The vulnerability of the film draws people in I think.

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

Demi Demaree: No. He asked, and I showed up.

SKSM: You worked with Warren Ray on this film, how was that?

Demi Demaree: Warren is great. He’s a creative guy like myself, so it was an all around good time. Very natural.

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

Demi Demaree: Well, just like the other skits and films I’ve done, it seems like I’m never truly acting. It’s just more of  Demi if I was a flower guy. Or Demi if I was a detective haha!

This is why It’s hard for me to consider myself an actor. Props to the ones who can actually become different personalities and make it believable.

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

Demi Demaree: I was just talking to Warren today actually. I try and keep in touch with most people that I’ve worked with. Social media makes that pretty easy.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Demi Demaree: These days I‘ve been focused on my solo music project called Ipcus Pinecone. It’s  alternative hip hop. Last year I released an album series called Memoirs & Metaphors Part One and Two. I can be found on all social media outlets as well as my website www.ipcuspinecone.com You should check it out!

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

Demi Demaree: Of course! Can’t say I know anyone who isn’t on some level.

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

Demi Demaree: Surprised? That’s hard to say. I’m pretty much an open book, but a lot of people seem to be surprised that I am a cancer survivor. In 2001, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Luckily, I’ve been in remission since 2001 as well.

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

Demi Demaree: First, thank you for reaching out to me! If anyone wants to look into my other projects, just go to my youtube page Demi Demaree or find me on social media! I’m always creating something!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Demi Demaree: Yes. We are in some very strange times right now. I hope that you and everyone else reading this remains safe through all of it. This too shall pass.

-Demi

 

He played in Mark Hensley’s The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby Film as Detective Dave.

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

Guy Picot: I’m Guy Picot, a British actor/writer.

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

Guy Picot: Very late. I was working as a stage manager when I first saw the rehearsal process and thought I could do this.

SKSM: How did you become involved in The man who loved flowers Dollar Baby film?

Guy Picot: Mark Hensley asked me.

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

Guy Picot: Obsession is always compelling.

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

Guy Picot: I didn’t have to audition. It’s a small part so I wouldn’t claim it was written for me.

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

Guy Picot: I like working with Mark, this was my third Project with him and we have worked together again since.

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

Guy Picot: It was, for me, a one-day shoot and was pretty smooth.

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

Guy Picot: I knew Phil Idrissi from a writers group and we are FB Friends.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Guy Picot: A play I wrote is being filmed, but we are currently in a holding pattern.

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

Guy Picot: Yes.

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

Guy Picot: I can’t drive.

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

Guy Picot:

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