He is the man behind My Pretty Pony Dollar Baby Film.
SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Mikhail Tank: I would consider myself a true artist, started at age 3. I have an iTunes original music catalogue, have done TV & film work and released several books. I love to create and tell a good story in an original way.
SKSM: When did you make My Pretty Pony? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?
Mikhail Tank: I like to work in the ‘magic way’ – which means plant a creative seed, then relax, then take all of the focused energy & create. We shot the film in one day, in two locations. There was a great balanced energy between Jamie (dp/editor), Paul Marin & myself.
SKSM: How come you picked My Pretty Pony to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?
Mikhail Tank: Actually my original request was for Sorry, Right Number, however the story was not available. My Pretty Pony became my favorite, the depth & the character development is so strong – there is a pertinent blue-bird meaning to it.
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?
Mikhail Tank: (no answer, Mr. King did not sell the rights, he authorized permission to create a non-commercial short work)
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Mikhail Tank: When Paul delivered the line: “There are three kinds of time …” – it drew me in, it made the concept of the whole story alive, it became a moment to deeply cherish & store within.
SKSM: The film is 4 a 5 minutes long/short, is there a reason why you didn’t make it any longer?
Mikhail Tank: I believe that the meaning of the story was interestingly unwrapped in the 5 minutes. It ends making you wonder & I like that.
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?
Mikhail Tank: Hopefully the film will be screened at a prominent film festival & the fans will attend. The rest is up to Mr. King. I am very grateful for the opportunity.
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)?
Mikhail Tank: The communication has been through Mr. King’s assistants, regarding the rest … that will be revealed.
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?
Mikhail Tank: The project has been one of my Soul’s true delights & at this time I am concentrating on it.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to your fans?
Mikhail Tank: I hope that you enjoy this special little film, it holds tangible spiritual advice, which can help people.