She is the filmmaker of 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?
L.A. Dubos: My name is Lou, I’m 23 years old and I’m from France. I’m a young filmmaker, screenwriter and photographer. All that you love will be carried away is my second film.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?
L.A. Dubos: I honestly can’t remember. I just know I always loved cinema in a way or another, but the fact that I could make movies myself never left my mind. I just didn’t really knew I could try and live thanks to that. I made that decision not so long ago, I think it was like… 6 years ago? I was in University, first year in foreign languages, and I didn’t liked it at all. I just wanted to do cinema. So I told my mom, and she said: do it!
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?
L.A. Dubos: We finished the post-production at the end of may, and I received the authorisation to do it in may 2019. So it took 2 years to make. I guess I could have done it much much faster, but because of covid, the production was delayed and really complicated. It cost a little more tan 3,000 euros. I was able to do it thanks to people supporting me, because I did a crowdfunding. I asked for 2,700 euros, they gave me 3,000. I will be forever grateful!
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?
L.A. Dubos: Well, I kinda understood that Stephen King was selling the movie rights for some of his stories as an exercice for young filmmakers. So I decided to really go into it, and I took the most difficult story to adapt, for me. I love fantasy and SF, and this story of this man, alone with his own thoughts in a motel room, was a challenge. I also decided I would try to show what he’s thinking without a voice over, but also without him speaking his mind from beginning to end. I really made this complicated for me, but I learned a lot. And it was the purpose!
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?
L.A. Dubos: My mom is an absolute fan of King since a young age. So I was also into it very early. She obviously knew this information and told me. That’s how I knew!
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
L.A. Dubos: For the toilets scene, we shot in a private location so we could be alone and have time to shoot our scene. But the toilets were sooo clean! So we had to do all the graffitis and write on the wall ourselves. It was really fun, all the team were in those toilets together laughing and writting on the walls. We cleaned after of course!
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?
L.A. Dubos: They will be able to see the film in the future! I will share it with a private link or something. But to be public on the internet, I have to ask permission. And I will! I hope they will accept it.
SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?
L.A. Dubos: People loved the ratio of the film! I’m really happy about that, because that’s something I love about it too. Dan, the actor, is also wonderful. That’s a good review that I hear a lot. Also the atmosphere. I’m so glad about that. I had some bad reviews too, like if you don’t know or read the story before, some stuff are difficult to catch or understand, but apparently, it doesn’t affect their appreciation of the film. This movie is only my second movie, I’m happy people are being honest so that I can learn from my mistakes and be a better filmmaker.
SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?
L.A. Dubos: I will screen the movie at every festival that are willing to accept and appreciate it!
SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?
L.A. Dubos: Yes I am! The first book I have read was Cujo. But I think the one I love the most is The Long Walk. I would love to adapt it! It’s such a great story. But I think it’s already planned to be adapted? I can’t wait. And my favorite adaptation is so basic. I honestly think it’s Shining (sorry!). Let’s be honest: it’s a great movie! I also loved Christine.
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)?
L.A. Dubos: No, I didn’t have personal contact with him, only with his team. I have to send him a DVD of the movie, so I guess he will see it! But I don’t know if he will tell me his opinion. I hope so! It would be super interesting and instructive.
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?
L.A. Dubos: As I said I would really love to shoot The Long Walk. I don’t think I will be doing another one, but we never know! Life is full of surprises. I stay open to all opportunities.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
L.A. Dubos: I’m currently working on a horror/fantastic short-film base don greek mythology. I arranged and adapt a story about Dionysus. I hope it will be produced! I plan on screening it in festivals.
SKSM: What one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
L.A. Dubos: I don’t know. Maybe that I never studied cinema? I didn’t. I learned everything by myself, with my friends by doing movies on our own.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
L.A. Dubos: Thank you so much for your support! It means the world to me. I hope you will like this movie, we all worked hard on it. I know it’s not exactly like the book, but it was imposible. I did my best to tell this story in a cinematic way. Overall, I did it for you: so take it as you like. I hope you will have a good time watching it, and that you will enjoy my vision of Alfie Zimmer.
SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?
L.A. Dubos: I would like to thank my team. 2 years on a short film, it’s a lot. But they never let me down, and always supported me and gave their best. Clément F, Clément P, Alexandre, Marcio, Edouard, Jia, Orsa, Romane, and of course, Dan, thank you so much! And my parents. They have been incredible and helped me so much. Thank you! And thank you to everyone who watched the movie. Also, thank you for the interview!
Just: thank you.