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Original Film Soundtrack of A.J. Gribble’s Dollar Baby Cain Rose Up.

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

OMS: My name is Brian Kutzor and I make music under the name OneManStanding. I primarily créate darker electronic music. I have been making music for about 25 years in multiple different styles and médiums.  While I grew up playing guitar and bass, throughout the years I have expanded to multiple different instruments including piano, drums and theremin.  I have been officially releasing music under OneManStanding since 2015, but have worked under that name since approx 2001. I currently have 2 EP’s available, 1 new EP that will reléase in the next few months and the Cain Rose Up Soundtrack Available in all major digital distribution channels. I also have a YouTube channel with videos for a few of my songs that I fully created and also a few  videos of me making cues from the Cain Rose Up Soundtrack.

SKSM: How did you become involved with Cain rose up?

OMS: AJ and I know each other from working together at a local radio station. Over time we found that we have very similar interests and he had showed me some of his previous work. He had mentioned to me that he was planning on remaking  a Stephen King story as his next Project.  As he started to talk to me more about it and increased my interested, I had offered to help in any way he needed and if he needed any music that I would be happy to help. I originally thought he only needed a few short cues, but as we started to talk about it more, he asked if I would do the whole movie. I was still in the mind-set that he wanted shorter cues, and then he began to clarify that he wanted a Wall-to-wall soundtrack for the entire movie. At that point, I became really excited and really nervous because I knew the music had to carry every moment of every scene. I would actually be creating a full length path of emotion to run in tándem with the visuals. It was incredibly exciting and challenging at the same time. So I ended up creating the entire score, except for the End Credits title.

SKSM: How did you get started as a composer and what do you do on production?

OMS: I have always had a love for music, film and production. When I was a teenager I would rent a bunch of horror movies and using 2 VCR’s and my stereo, I would  edit/cut together scenes from my favorite horror movies and insert my favorite heavy metal  songs as the audio track, essentially making my own music videos for them. I was also a big fan of heavy metal/industrial music so the natural progression took me from guitar playing to experimental/industrial electronic drum machines. I loved to make my own 4-track recordings and reléase them as demos in all the bands I was in. I was the primary producer for just about every band I recorded with growing up and I had to learn as I went with the basic gear I had. This offered me the ability to learn lots of different production techniques without any expensive studio gear. Fast-Forward to current day and the production landscape is totally different. While I wish I had the technology of today at my disposal 25 years ago, I am happy I learned the way I did.  As far as becoming a composer, I was always drawn more to instrumental work. While lyrics were always a great and powerful addition to good music, I was always fascinated with soundtracks and how they helped propel a story. I always loved how the music in a film always envoked so much more emotion  than a  song on the radio. Perfect examples include the Halloween Theme. John Carpenter scared the life out of me with that track. Always kept me awake at night. Unreal.  A Clockwork Orange Soundtrack was incredibly futuristic and had great paranoia and fear overtones all while evoking a futuristic feel.  I loved the music as much as the films. It seemed more natural to me as I continued to write and make music to remove the lyrics and focus more on the sounds and pulling as much emotion as I could from them. While I still continue to write lyrics, poetry etc., I find my mind just naturally focuses on the music.

SKSM: How did you get started to wrote the Soundtrack for Cain rose up?

OMS: The first thing that I did was to establish what AJ did Not want.  I wanted to make sure that I didn’t use anything He DID Not want to use. While he gave me some cues as examples of what he want, he also stressed that he trusted me and didn’t micro manage me in the least. I was pretty nervous when I sent him the first scene, but he immediately  thought it was great and was exactly what he was looking for. I liked that even though I was creating the music, I also worked in certain  sound design elements that follow certain characters. Now not only did I créate the music, but now I also added to the characters as well. I was able to créate certain sounds that I buried Deep in the mixes that would creep out subltley so that you would almost pick up on them AFTER the fact and that element was removed. It felt like it tied together certain characters and added to the discomfort level in certain scenes. As I pointed them out To AJ, he told me how much he enjoyed them, so I kept them in. As far as instrumentation goes, I primarily used samples that would be stretched and slowed down. I would reverse clips and then warp them so they would drag out to créate this droning landscape that was just outside the border of reality, but not quite in a nightmare yet.  I also used theremin in certain cues, piano and even the Moog Model D app to créate some great deep bass leads. There is a ton of sampled organ with choirs of people singing Latin phrases like” Apocalyse”. I also wanted to put samples of whispers throught the scores, but I made sure that none of the whispers were audible words- just whispered tones.  As I went along I just analized the scene and would pepper in what sound design elements I thought would fit best for the scene and créate the music as it played.  I would keep the scene on loop and just write as it played over and over again. When the music felt right, I would hit record and then build on it from there.

SKSM: Is this your most challenging audio so far?

OMS: I would say it was definetely was one of the most challenging projects I have worked on to date.  I would say the hardest part was probably the actual creation of the music and following along to someone elses creation. When I créate my own music in the studio, I have a totally different process for creation. While I had a lot of creative freedom on this Project, I had to keep in mind what AJ’s visión for the movie was and try not to cross the line of what he wanted me to adhere to. Even though it was  a totally different process than I was familiar with, I found it incredibly interesting to be taken out of my safe zone and made to function under someone elses creative guidelines. It was a great challenge, but I found it to be helpful because it took me into a different realm of creation and thinking. I also had to build in safeguards and use certain production techniques so it would be easy to remove or enhance certain things in the mix just in case AJ didn’t like certain parts of what I made. So while it was challenging at times, it taught me a ton of things to be aware of for future projects and only made me a better artist and composer for next time.

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

OMS: There were quite a few moments I can remember during the creation of the soundtrack. After all it took over 6 months! (Laughs)  The nice thing is that when I would get a good feeling about a track, I would take a video of what I was doing in the studio and send it to AJ just to show him what I was working on. He would always respond with excitement or something along the lines of how much he loved it. It was encouraging, because the last thing I wanted to do was waste a month on a cue, give it to him and have him hate it and delay his Project while I created a different versión. Luckily most of the tracks didn’t have to be changed too much. We then finished, I took those videos and threw some filters on them and released them as a behind the scenes type thing and I like them because I know exactly where I was in the process  of making that track and I can relive the excitement of how it felt as the track was coming together.

SKSM: After Cain rose up did you write more music? If so what?

OMS: Immediately after Cain Rose Up,  I took a week off. No music, No Studio, Nothing. I loved doing it, but it was very stressful. I put my heart and soul into it and felt a ton of pressure that if something didn’t go right with the audio it would be my fault for the hold up or rework. I knew AJ was under a tight deadline toward the end and I literally finished at the last minute. So even though I was done, I was still biting my nails wondering if all was ok. Luckily he got it together in time w/ minimal issues and it was all good. My downtime only lasted about a week before I was back at making music and planning for 2019.

SKSM: What are you working nowadays?

OMS: I will have a new EP out within 2 months. It’s already done, I just need to master it and put a few finishing touches on it. I also wrote and recorded 2 new songs for another EP that will be released later this year. I am excited about that, but I have also decided it’s time to translate the songs so they can be played live. I have played live once before and it was exciting and worked out well, but I have not had time to devote to it. Since Cain Rose Up, I constantly like to challenge myself, so I will often write down something I am scared to do musically or artistically and make that one of the next things I will tackle. Currently I am trying to créate a live set that spans different points of my work while incorporating visual elements to enhance the audio experience. I have it all written down in detail, now I just have to make it work. Its coming together nicely, but takes time. The good news is that once it is programmed up for live, I can just dial it up and change it around from there. I am looking forward to taking the show live and excited to do the next thing on my list. I have my hands in so many different projects, I wish I could add hours to the day so I could tackle them all. For now, I just have to add it to the list and stay excited about it. Nice thing about that list is that I know that if it makes my list, it’s exciting so it always propels me forward and gives me something to look forward to.

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

OMS: Oh, Heck Yeah! Some of my favorites were “Stand By Me” and” Christine”, But I remember how excited I was when I was a teenager and found out how different “The Shining” book was from the Kubrick movie. I was also really excited  when they did the remake back in the 90’s and went according to the book. I really love all versions of that movie and love how every versión feels so different, but all of them are incredible in their own way. Pet Sematary scared the hell out me when I was a kid. Poor Zelda. That one holds a special place for me too. They made Gage so creepy in that movie. It was done so well. Its incredible how so many memories are tied to one incredible author and it seems like his work was all over my childhood.

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

OMS: I am incredibly patient, laser focused and persistent when it comes to goals. My friends will all tell you how I am, once I get my teeth sunk into something. My friends will often laugh about the lengths I went to for my first guitar in high school and purchasing a DeLorean when I was 18 years old. Its crazy because once I get an idea in my head, I become obsessed with it and don’t let up until I have reached my goal.

SKSM: What advice would you give to those people who want to be musicians?

OMS: I always preface this before I say it because it sounds cheesy, but I have it written in multiple places to remind me. You miss 100% of the shots your don’t take. The risk you take will never, ever kill you. Don’t ever sell yourself short. Never play it safe. If you grow 25% by doing something uncomfortable, its 25% more growth or experience than the 0% you would have gained by playing it safe. There are so many genres and styles of music out there today, but the only one that matters is the one that you create by being honest. Pop radio will always be around. Famous artists will always be around. But the most powerful music and art comes from someone being honest. Thats the most beautiful thing out there. And today it is easier than ever to get your art out there. The beauty of it is that when you realise that competition kills creativity, you want to share everything you create. And right now anyone can create and share their art with the world and they absolutely should. We live in a fantastic age when you can create and produce something one day and have it reach the other side of the world in minutes for people to appreciate it. There will always be somone out there who appreciates your work and there will always be trolls who love to cut others, but you have an obligation to share whatever you create as an artist. Don’t ever stifle your creativity. Your gifts to the universe are what make others glad to be alive. Even if you don’t think they are important, I can assure you  that they are.

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

OMS: It was an honor and a pleasure. I am humbled by anyone who takes time out of their day to actually read about or experience my work. I continue to praise AJ for creating this interpretation of Cain Rose Up and I appreciated the opportunity to contribute to it. I welcome any and all feedback or questions anyone would have and thank everyone for their interest in it. I also appreciate you taking the time to continue to contribute all you do and dedicate your time to this endeavor. It’s incredible that you dedicate the amount of time in your life to expose people to King’s works and connect people from around the world who share the same excitement about his work, so THANK YOU!

SKSM: Do you like something to add?

OMS: I am pretty easy to contact if anyone is interested in reaching out. I will have a new EP coming out in a few months and I am trying to get out to play some of this stuff live (Including tracks from the Cain Rose Up soundtrack!) so you may see me around. There is always something I am working on so keep checking my website onemanstanding.net and feel free to drop me a line on twitter @OMSARTIST. I certainly hope we get to do this again soon and anyone interested in some sounds for their projects can hit me up. Thanks again! Cheers!

 

He played in Stephen Baxter‘s Dollar Baby Rest Stop as Gangster.

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

Alex Gravenstein: I usually introduce myself as a “filmmaker, actor, editor”, but I find “filmmaker” properly encompasses it.  I love being on either end of the camera and have been fascinated at a young age by the dynamic storytelling to which film has rather unique access.  My daily/weekly/monthly work is to be a better storyteller and to encourage anyone else I can along the way.

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

Alex Gravenstein: Probably not until about 8 years ago.  I had always been acting for fun as a kid and did plays throughout my life, but it wasn’t until the last decade where I realized how important storytelling was to my life.  Before then, I was on the track of mechanical engineering with the prospect of medicine.

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

Alex Gravenstein: I’ve known Stephen for a few years, and we’ve always chatted about collaborating on something.  He messaged me a few weeks before the shoot saying he’d like to have me for a part in the project, and I happily accepted.

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

Alex Gravenstein: It portrays a great twist on the struggle of self identity when the world of fiction butts heads with real-world morality. And who doesn’t love some action scenes?!

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

Alex Gravenstein: When I saw some auditions posted on Facebook I applied, and he later offered me the role. Stephen has seen me audition for past projects and I believe he felt comfortable giving me the role without the audition, especially since it’s not particularly demanding.

SKSM: You worked with Stephen Baxter on this film, how was that?

Alex Gravenstein: I’ve always appreciated his sense of vision for his projects, so it was wonderful seeing it come to life with this full production. He stayed focused on the task at hand and yet remained open to pursuing alternate choices.  I’d be happy to work with him again.

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

Alex Gravenstein: I’d say a special moment was every time Kevin transformed seamlessly between the friendly guy behind the scenes to the deadly gunslinger.

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

Alex Gravenstein: I always keep an eye out for what anyone posts on social media, but not much close contact since the shoot.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Alex Gravenstein: Apart from weekly acting training, I’m working on developing workshops to help actors with the audition experience.  Otherwise, I’m doing corporate editing, VFX, and event videography/photography.

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

Alex Gravenstein: Yes! I’ve only read a shameful amount of his work, but he is doubtlessly an incredible storyteller, who brings extraordinary depth to his tales.

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

Alex Gravenstein: Most people are surprised to learn I grew up with random pet, such as geese, iguanas, hedgehogs, and others.

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

Alex Gravenstein: You’re welcome!  Stories come to life only when they’re shared.  If you like what you see, tell others!

 

He played in A.J. Gribble’s Dollar Baby Cain Rose Up as Danny Torrance.

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

Tony C. Thomas: My name is Tony C. Thomas. I work in digital marketing and I am currently running for City Council in my hometown.

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

Tony C. Thomas: I actually started acting in the past year or so. I always wanted to give it a try, but I was intimidated by the stage. I auditioned for a show and I’ve been involved in performance ever since.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Cain Rose Up Dollar Baby film?

Tony C. Thomas: I was approached by Natasha about playing a part and I reached out to AJ and he accepted me into the film.

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

Tony C. Thomas: This is a story that is all too common now. I think that people are fascinated by violence and evil and this story gives you a window into that.

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

Tony C. Thomas: I more or less auditioned for the role.

SKSM: You worked with A.J Gribble on this film, how was that?

Tony C. Thomas: Fantastic. I admit that I didn’t know what to expect, but I found that he was incredibly profesional and knew exactly what he wanted out of his cast and crew. I can appreciate a director who takes charge.

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

Tony C. Thomas: Trying to plan my death scene as amusing. Everyone was worried that I was going to hurt myself falling onto concrete, but I managed to fall and not get injured.

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

Tony C. Thomas: I speak to AJ every now and again. I have been rather busy lately and haven’t had an opportunity to speak to the other cast members.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Tony C. Thomas: Primarily, my campaign for City Council. Additionally, I continue to write and I hope to get back into theater soon.

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

Tony C. Thomas: I am. The Shining was the first book I’ve read of his and it was also the film Stephen King film that I ever saw. I have practically read everything he has done.

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

Tony C. Thomas: Thank you for seeing and supporting this film. Supporting true indepedent film is the way that these artists are going to get the exposure that they deserve.

 


She played in Jackie Perez’s Dollar Baby Beachworld as Shapiro.

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

Samantha Cutaran: I’m a Filipino-American actress born and raised in California. I studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a BFA in theatre before returning to Californina to pursue film and television.

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

Samantha Cutaran: My first introduction to the stage was actually through dance. My high school boyfriend was in a local production in the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and they wanted a dancer for one of the roles. They offered me the role and from there, that theater began giving me speaking roles and I’ve been acting since.

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

Samantha Cutaran: A mutual friend of mine and the director’s, Tom McCafferty (who plays Rand in the film) emailed me the casting notice for Beachworld. I read the logline and was immediately interested. I put my audition on tape, sent it to Jackie and the rest is history.

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

Samantha Cutaran: I think many people fantasize about what the future will be like and this is one scenario that may resemble one of their hypothetical versions.

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

Samantha Cutaran: Yes, I had to audition for the film.

SKSM: You worked with Jackie Perez on this film, how was that?

Samantha Cutaran: Jackie was fantastic to work with. She really had a vision and was constantly communicating with the DP, cast and crew. She created a wonderfully supportive and focused environment.

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

Samantha Cutaran: There was a point when they told me to just keep walking all by myself through the sand dunes for about 20-30 minutes and the drone would follow me. There was no around me and it was so peaceful.

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

Samantha Cutaran: I actually worked with the DP, Sarah Phillips again on another film a few months after wrapping Beachworld. Tom is good friends with my boyfriend, so I still stay in contact with him.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Samantha Cutaran: I just finished filming an episode of SEAL Team on CBS. I am also collaborating with some friends to create a short film.

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

Samantha Cutaran: Honestly, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to scary/horror films/books. I enjoy filming them but I definitely have nightmares when I read or watch them. Nonetheless, what I have read of his work, I’ve enjoyed becasue he’s a great storyteller.

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

Samantha Cutaran: I was quite shy when I was younger and was terrified to be in front of large groups of people.

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

Samantha Cutaran: Thank you for reading and check out Beachworld when it comes out later this year.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Samantha Cutaran: Be kind and treat people, animals and nature with respect. Also, just enjoy life!

He played in A.J. Gribble’s Dollar Baby Cain Rose Up as Harris.

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

Cody Thomas: Hello! My name is Cody Thomas. I’m 18 years old, and live in Northeast Pennsylvania. I currently attend a technical school for Audio Visual.

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

Cody Thomas: It sort of was always something that had fascinated me, As a young kid I had dreams of being a famous actor in the back of my mind.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Cain Rose Up Dollar Baby film?

Cody Thomas: I had known A.J. was working on a short film for a little while before hand, as we went to the same A/V class together. In early June he had made a post asking for Male actors. I reached out, asked if he needed any help, and it went from there!

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

Cody Thomas: I believe, that because it’s such a dark topic, most people can’t even begin to imagine something like that. Because of this, they watch a movie, video, or so on, about the topic. I think it sheds a little light on something so unthinkable, but very unfortunately real.

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

Cody Thomas: Neither I suppose, the script had already been finished when I reached out. A.J. sent me the script, and told me which character he thought I’d be best for.

SKSM: You worked with A.J Gribble on this film, how was that?

Cody Thomas: It was honestly incredible. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Everyone was very professional, and A.J. is a wonderful director. Extremely understanding and kind!

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

Cody Thomas: There was quite a bit of funny moments. We all had a few good laughs in between takes. There was times where we tried getting things to time out correctly, only to end up doing the same shot so many times before it actually played out right. We all had our laughs, but when it came down to it, we got to work and got it done.

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

Cody Thomas: The occasional message to A.J. but still seeing him almost every day in class. And the occasional message to fellow actor Jarod Engle.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Cody Thomas: At the moment, nothing unfortunately. I’d be extremely open to doing another film if given the opportunity, however.

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

Cody Thomas: Not as much as I’d like honestly. I know his famous, popular works, as most people do. Stephen King is definitely something I need to learn, read, and watch more about!

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

Cody Thomas: That as much as I had dreamed of being an actor, I really never had the opportunity before Cain Rose Up. This was the first professional short film I had been in.

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

Cody Thomas: No, thank you! Thanks for all the support, and supporting A.J. in his film, and we hope that you’ll enjoy Cain Rose Up!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Cody Thomas: A quick shout out to everyone that worked on the film. It was an amazing experience, and I’d love to work with you all again some day!

 

He is the man behind L.T’s Theory Of Pets Dollar Baby Film.

SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers? Who are you and what do you do?

Brad C. Hodson: I’m Brad Hodson, a novelist, screenwriter, and the Admin for the Horror Writers Association.

SKSM: How would you decide that shoot movies was your mission?

Brad C. Hodson: I’ve loved movies since I was a kid. I had kind of a strange situation growing up and movies were an escape for me.

SKSM: Why L.T’s Theory of Pets was cancelled? Is it possible for Stephen King fans to see it in a future?

Brad C. Hodson: It is definitely possible! At the time I optioned it, we had wanted to shoot on 35mm film and had a very specific cast in mind. Once the final Budget came in, the entire project just became out of reach for us financially. Then in the years since, I’ve had two kids, as well as other film projects take off, novels to work on, etc. So the months stretched into years. The plus side of that is that video has advanced to the point where I could achieve the look I want for the film while keeping it under our original budget.

But I love the story and I think my script and storyboards show a unique and interesting take on it that would really do it justice. The other piece that is a bit of nightmare is the animals themselves. You can’t do away with them – there’s no story without them – so finding that perfect balance of how little we can get away with actually shooting with animals while keeping true to the work has been tough.

SKSM: Who would be involved into this project?

Brad C. Hodson: I’m going to keep this under wraps for now. If this project does get going in the future, the potential cast and crew I’ve spoken – if they’re still available – would make a fantastic film.

SKSM: How come you picked LT’s Theory of Pets to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Brad C. Hodson: King’s story is such a great piece of humor that turns on a dime into something tragic and sorrowful. There’s an almost Coen Brothers quality to it. It’s also very much a story about storytelling – why we’re drawn to certain tales, how storytellers confront their pain by the stories themselves. I love that.

SKSM: Did you know that this story has already been filmed as Dollar Baby? Have you seen any of these adaptations? If so, what do you think about it?

Brad C. Hodson: I did not know that! It would be fun to see what those interpretations are like.

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

Brad C. Hodson: Oh, most definitely. I’m a big fan of his short fiction. NIGHT SHIFT and SKELETON CREW especially. `SALEM’S LOT and PET SEMETARY are two of the scariest books I’ve ever read. As for adaptations – where do you start? I like most of them – even the bad ones. Sometimes especially the bad ones haha!

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1?

Brad C. Hodson: I had always heard that and thought it was an urban legend. But then I read an interview with Frank Darabont years ago and he mentioned it, which immediately sent me off to do some research.

SKSM: What are you working nowadays?

Brad C. Hodson: Right now, we’re pitching a pilot and about to take a feature script out as well. I’m halfway through a new novel and recently optioned another one for television. The feature adaptation of my first book is in full swing. It’s all kind of crazy, but I’m digging it – and keeping my fingers crossed.

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

Brad C. Hodson: I used to fight semi-professionally. Boxing, Sanshou, and MMA. I have less than a dozen fights under my belt, but I loved it. I was training with Chute Boxe when I broke three ribs and finally decided “You know, I’m not really into being in some amount of pain all the time.” There was a guy I trained with, lived in his car and spent all day at the gym, sunrise to bedtime. It hit me I could never do that – and so I could never beat someone who did. Better to write about it haha.

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

Brad C. Hodson: Thanks for giving me some time to chat. If anyone is interested in my work, the audiobook of my horror novel DARLING here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Darling-Audiobook/B075FYGHFV

SKSM: Would you like to add something else to this interview?

Brad C. Hodson: If anyone has any further questions, feel free to contact me. And if you’re a burgeoning horror writer in any field, you should ask about joining the Horror Writers Association alongside Mr. King. You can contact me at admin@horror.org.

 

She played in Hakan Gunnarson’s Dollar Baby Harvey’s Dream as Janet Stevens.

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

Natasha Quirke: My name is Natasha Quirke. I’m from a small town in Ireland called Kilbeggan. I’m currently living in Vancouver, Canada. I’m an Actress and a Social Care Worker.

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

Natasha Quirke: I knew from a very young age. My mom encouraged my dream by getting me into Drama & Theatre studies classes and it continued from there. I loved old black & white movies, after school, I would run home and try to watch them before dinner was ready. I was always singing or dancing and playing with my imaginary friends. (giggle)

SKSM: How did you become involved in Harvey’s Dream Dollar Baby film?

Natasha Quirke: I auditioned for the role via Vancouver Film School nearing the end of 2010. I booked the part from there.

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

Natasha Quirke: It’s been quite a few years since shooting Harvey’s Dream, for me, at the time it was to gain experience and strengthen my acting resume. Anything related to Stephen King would be a no brainer. Anything suspenseful will intrigue people.

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

Natasha Quirke: I auditioned for the role.

SKSM: You worked with Hakan Gunnarson on this film, how was that?

Natasha Quirke: It was a pleasure to work with Hakan, it’s always fun to join a new set and meet new cast & crew. Everyone worked well together.

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

Natasha Quirke: Oh my goodness, It’s been so long. I enjoyed all of the shoots. I remember a scene in the bedroom where my character talks to her husband, she gets emotional as she is about to tell him something she has done. It was an emotional scene, the other cast member added to it and it turned out well.

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

Natasha Quirke: Not really, we all know each other but have moved on to other productions since. I haven’t had an opportunity since then to work with the team.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Natasha Quirke: I’m writing my own short film. Hopefully, we get to shoot that in the next few months. I’m actively auditioning and looking forward to new roles coming my way.

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

Natasha Quirke: Absolutely!!!

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

Natasha Quirke: Mmmmmm I speak fluent Gaelic, actually that’s not a surprise. I’m from Ireland and we speak Gaelic.

I work in social care outside of acting and I’m building my own non-profit org to help individuals find their passions and pursue that in life. It’s called ‘Serve Your Purpose.’

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

Natasha Quirke: Thank you for reading.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Natasha Quirke: Cheers for the interview.

He is the man behind L.T’s Theory Of Pets Dollar Baby Film.

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

Christian Haywood: Hey! I’m a film student in East London. I’d like to write and direct film’s but at the moment I’m focusing on a career as an editor after graduating. We’re currently developing L.T.’s Theory of Pet’s as our graduation film, but we know it can be so much more than that!

SKSM: Could you tell our readers the status of L.T’s Theory of Pets or some updates?

Christian Haywood: So, we’re currently in pre-production, we’ve cast the film and have our location, and are just looking into getting the pets themselves. It’s kind of the make or break part of production, but it relies on how much we’re able to raise on our crowdfunding page; we don’t need much (we’re a team of penny pinchers), but what we do need is ESSENTIAL!

SKSM: How come you picked L.T’s Theory of Pets to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Christian Haywood: There’s honestly so much in the story that I love. It’s got this goofy sense of comedy that I don’t think King taps into enough, and yet it’s wildly evocative as a genre piece. I think my connection to the film is really in the relationships between the pets and the owners. I come from a broken home and it’s not hard to see the story as a tackling of parents leaving, which seems to be one of these themes King unconsciously writes about.

SKSM: It is L.T’s Theory of Pets your debut as a director?

Christian Haywood: It’s not, I’ve been directing since I left High School, I’ve produced, written and directed a few pieces for university work, but in my spare time over the last 3 years I’ve made two shorts; one was a John Hughes-style high school spoof about cheating your exams and the other was a film about golf, shot in the style of the Leonne Spaghetti Westerns.

SKSM: Who will be involved into this project?

Christian Haywood: We’re a team of four students; we have a producer, Joe, a cinematographer, Ivee, and a sound designer, Jesse. They’re the best team I could ask for and are pulling out all the stops. We’re also lucky enough to have a handful of other amazing volunteers giving us a hand.

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?

Christian Haywood: I think I heard about a school in Wales doing a similar thing, but I was always vaguely aware that King sold the rights to students.

SKSM: How does it feel that all the King fans out there won’t see your movie? Do you think that will change in the future? Maybe an internet/dvd release would be possible?

Christian Haywood: It’s something we’re optimistic about, I guess you have to be; we make films so people can watch them! Really though there’s a good chance that more people would be able to see this at a festival than some unknown thing, that’s the power of Mr King!

SKSM: I guess it’s very soon to asking this question but… where the premiere will be? Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?

Christian Haywood: No plans thus far, we have a local cinema in East London which we we’re thinking about approaching for a (free) screening, but we’ve got other deadlines to hit first for the powers that be.

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

Christian Haywood: OBSESSED. I’m actually currently studying his work as representative of American History, he’s an incredibly comprehensive writer of his culture. As for favourites, the obvious three have to be up there; Carrie, Shawshank and Shining. I’ve got a soft spot for Christine (the “show me” scene is awesome), but the favourite has got to be Stand By Me. There’s really nothing bad to say about it.

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

Christian Haywood: I’m not sure, part of it is really finding a story you can personally attach to, rather than just the concept. I’m not sure if I’m smart enough to tackle a lot of the subjects a great mind like King does.

SKSM: Are you working on another project besides this one?

Christian Haywood: I’m currently writing a feature screenplay which I’d love to get off the ground in a year or two, other than that no, just focusing on graduating.

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

Christian Haywood: I hate horror films! Since I was a kid I’ve struggled with gore, and that puts me off a lot of horror movies. But I do like suspense, one of the reasons I love King’s work; it’s far more about being afraid of being killed than actually being killed!

SKSM: What advice would you give to those people who want to be filmmakers?

Christian Haywood: Just gotta do it. Filmmaking’s not about planning, it’s about, well, making. I think most young filmmakers are worried that their ideas aren’t good enough, which is totally fair, and the more thought you put into something the better, but at the end of the day, if you can’t get it on a screen in front of an audience, what’s the point? Grab a camera, make a shit film, then do it again and make a slightly better one, then eventually you’ll be Kubrick (well, maybe not Kubrick).

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

Christian Haywood: Haha, fans! I like that. If anyone does support or watch the film, whether it’s donating, sharing the Kickstarter on Facebook, telling your friends, or sitting through it at a festival, I’d like to say thank you. It humbles me that people can appreciate something I’ve longed to do since I was a kid. Thanks to King for allowing us to adapt this amazing story, and so many thanks to you for sharing our project and giving us a chance! Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

 

She played in A.J. Gribble’s Dollar Baby Cain Rose Up as Kate Garrish.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: Thank you for making time for me today. Well, my name is Natasha Bogutzki. I’m a 24 year old actress/ writer/ director from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. However I probably realised it when I was four. And everything I’ve done since has been to further that love of the art.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Cain Rose Up Dollar Baby film?

Natasha Bogutzki: I was reached out to by A.J. Gribble after his father recommending me for the role. I had heard a mention of the film, but it wasn’t until A.J. pitched it to me, and I did some background into the original short story by Mr. King that I became interested.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: There are times in which a story captures the feeling of the moment.  Speaks to an individual, and haunts an audience based on its subject. From Columbine, to Sandy Hook, and recently Parkland. This resonates with people given our society’s state. It’s not pretty.  It’s not kind. But these acts never are. Art reflects, gives awareness, and even brings awareness. I doubt Mr. King never thought when he wrote it of a time where acts like this become a reality. But what if we could tell a head of time. And that speak to people.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: Audition. I remember reading for the role, and was extremely excited to be a part of it. The prep time I did was mentally and emotionally draining before we went into production, but well worth it in the end.

SKSM: You worked with A.J. Gribble on this film, how was that?

Natasha Bogutzki: He was wonderful!  Such an eye for lighting and symbolism. He explained to me beforehand that he wanted to change the role of Curt Garrish into a woman, and after doing some research into the percentage of shooters by gender, I became fascinated with that alteration. A.J.’s vision was crystal clear. He knew what he wanted. Was willing to take suggestion, but at the same time say no. He made the cast feel like a small family for the duration of the filming and it was just an honour to work with him.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: When shooting a film this dark, you need to be able to laugh in between takes. Filming can be grueling. It can take its toll on your energy. So, whenever we all had a chance to laugh, we maximized that to the fullest extent. While filming a bit where Kate is heading into the communal showers in the dormitory, I pulled the curtain and couldn’t help myself. Because of the back lighting I decided to do the Psycho noise and slashing arm movement. (Laughs) With all the laughs we had, there’s a probably a blooper reel out there somewhere. But when the camera was rolling, we got serious. And I extremely proud of the work we all did.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: I wish I could say that I do. A.J. is probably the one I’ve been the closest to since the filming.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Natasha Bogutzki: I have been dipping my own feet into directing. I recently bagged my debut and it’s in post. It’s called The Injured Digit. I just started principal photography on my second, with my big one in pre-production for the fall.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: I certainly am! The man is a titan. I grew up watching his films, and reading his stories. He has had an influence on my life. Shockingly I would have to say my favourite book of his is Hearts in Atlantis. It’s so monumentally different from the rest of his canon that it stayed with me.

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

Natasha Bogutzki: Probably that I have this bubbly, outgoing character. But I’ve always been drawn to playing these complex, dark personas. As an actor, they give so much meat to work with. I’ve done many years of comedy and musicals. But this, is what I aim to 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?

Natasha Bogutzki: No. Thank you. It’s been an absolute pleasure. A.J. is proud of the film and I’m looking forward to seeing it soon.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Natasha Bogutzki: Keep your eyes peeled for Cain Rose Up by A.J. Gribble!

 

He played in Hakan Gunnarson’s Dollar Baby Harvey’s Dream as Frank Freidmans.

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

Mike Richards: I’m an actor and I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. My professional name is Michael Karl Richards, but you’re welcome to call me Mike.

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

Mike Richards: I remember being young, I guess around 7 or 8 and my mom had a party. All the children were hanging out upstairs. I decided to perform my version of a comedy tape I’d been listening to. I felt at home. I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.

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

Mike Richards: It’s been a long time, but I seem to remember auditioning.

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

Mike Richards: There’s darkness and light inside all of us and Stephen King has a magical way of helping us get in touch with that.

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

Mike Richards: It defiantly wasn’t written for me, so I’m pretty sure I auditioned.

SKSM: You worked with Hakan Gunnarson on this film, how was that?

Mike Richards: It’s been a few years since we did it, but I remember enjoying it a great deal. I remember calling him Hawk.

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

Mike Richards: There’s a moment where I get stabbed near the end and on one of the takes the actor playing Harvey got a little too excited and actually jabbed the letter opener in my shoulder. I was fine, but I remember Mark, the actor playing Harvey, being mortified and feeling terrible for the rest of the shoot. I thought it was funny.

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

Mike Richards: I do not.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Mike Richards: I work on a television show on the Hallmark Network called Chesapeake Shores and I recently shot a movie called Gates Of Paradise that should be on Lifetime soon.

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

Mike Richards: Of course. Of his work and of him as an artist. I recently listened to his audiobook version of On Writing. A master class on the artistic mind. I also particularly enjoyed Duma Key.

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

Mike Richards: My mom is a novelist (Linda L. Richards). So I have a deep love of reading.

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

Mike Richards: Thanks to all of you for being fans. You are the reason anything gets made. Keep going to the cinema. There’s magic there.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Mike Richards: Just to thank you. So, thanks.

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