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She palyed in Paul Inman‘s That Feeling Dollar Baby film as The Nurse.

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

Cynthia Morris: I grew up on a farm in rural Oklahoma and worked as a research scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. After watching a Nicholas Sparks movie filmed in coastal North Carolina, I decided to visit the filming locations. I fell in love with the area and bought a beach house two days after arriving!

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

Cynthia Morris: Even though I dreamed about being an actress when I was younger, I was very busy with my family and career. Only after retiring and moving to North Carolina did I realize that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams!

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

Cynthia Morris: I had previously worked with Paul on a couple of short films and when I found out he was working on That Feeling, of course I wanted to be involved. After all, this is.a Stephen King story! Paul invited me to be props manager/set design, and to audition when casting was announced.

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

Cynthia Morris: I believe it’s something we can all relate to on some level. We all have to make choices in life and sometimes they are quite difficult. Love, loss, disappointment, and grief are all part of the human experience. That Feeling portrays all of these and more from one woman’s world.

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

Cynthia Morris: After I auditioned for another role, Paul asked if I would be interested in The Nurse. As you will see,  Paul and the casting team made excellent choices for all of the roles.

SKSM: You worked with Paul Inman on this film, how was that?

Cynthia Morris: Working with Paul was amazing as well as very educational, both on camera and off. Paul is a very talented writer and director with the ability to visualize every detail of each scene.

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

Cynthia Morris: Prior to filming, Paul called to ask what size scrubs I needed for The Nurse’s wardrobe.  I was thinking a white dress like Louise Fletcher/Nurse Ratched in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’.  After sending him photos, Paul agreed to compromise with me. He got scrubs, but they were white!

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

Cynthia Morris: I have maintained contact with Paul and much of the crew, mostly on social media.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Cynthia Morris: I recently was recently cast in a support role in an Independent feature film which should start filming after Thanksgiving.

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

Cynthia Morris: I’m and avid reader and Stephen King has always been one of my absolute favorite authors.  I prefer reading the story before watching the movie. And yes, I did read That Feeling.

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

Cynthia Morris: I am an award winning author.  ‘Shadow of an Indian Star’ won an IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction in the Mid West in 2006.

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

Cynthia Morris: It’s never too late to pursue your dreams! DREAM BIG!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Cynthia Morris: I think you’re going to like this!!

He is the Composer in Paul Inman‘s That Feeling Dollar Baby film.

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

Gary M Thomas: I’m a film composer living and working in coastal South Carolina (USA). I’ve been involved in scoring films for a number of years, working with independent filmmakers on numerous film projects and online television series.

SKSM: How did you become involved with That Feeling?

Gary M Thomas: I’ve worked with writer/director Paul Inman on many of his past films and was delighted when he approached me about writing the music for “That Feeling.” In addition to scoring the film, I was fortunate to be able to help with the preproduction and assisted on the set during filming as well.

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

Gary M Thomas: Well, I’ve had a very strong interest in music since my childhood. I first became involved in electronic music synthesizers and keyboards in my teenage years, eventually pursuing work with local bands. For many years, I settled into performing in the local music scene while studying composition and improvisation with local music professionals. For about a year, I left my roots and traveled with a touring variety band, an amazing experience which I will treasure forever. My interest in film music actually started in the mid 1990s when I first began working with MIDI sequencers, samplers and digital orchestration. Since that time, I’ve been writing, arranging and recording film music cues, working with independent filmmakers on their projects and online TV series. My main focus and goal is to create original and innovative music which will effectively support and enhance the filmmaker’s vision.

SKSM: How did you get started to write the Soundtrack for That Feeling?

Gary M Thomas: Before the production ever started, I received a copy of the script from Paul and read through it. I began getting a few early musical ideas and tried to envision how these cues would fit behind the images. This process is the best way to get initial ideas which could develop into complete musical passages within the completed score. After the filming was finished and the first edit was complete, Paul and I watched the film together and discussed where the music should be placed and how it would best fit into each scene. Being a musician himself, Paul had some great ideas regarding the instrumentation and timbres used in specific scenes. I then received a copy which allowed me to begin the composing and recording process.  Throughout any small edits which followed, only slight adjustments and tweaks were made to the music to align with the changes and sync with the picture.

SKSM: Is this your most challenging audio so far?

Gary M Thomas: I’d say it’s certainly one of the most involved scores so far. Composing with virtual orchestral instruments and arranging them for placement within the musical canvas can be a bit daunting. Often times, achieving a natural sounding blend between sound design, ambient effects and actual instruments can take a lot of patience and determination. So, in a way, I guess “challenging” would be an appropriate word to describe it. So often I’d find myself recording and rerecording the same musical passage over and over again trying to get that exact desired sound. With the magic of multitrack computer recording, it’s not a big issue to erase and rerecord a section time and time again. However, I think I probably drove my wife crazy playing the same sections over and over and over… LOL!

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

Gary M Thomas: There weren’t many funny moments, other than driving my wife crazy with the constant repetitions. There were a few special moments when I felt the music and picture seemed to fit extremely well together, complimenting each other perfectly. For example, in many of the emotional scenes, I felt the orchestral strings helped add to the already intense sentiment of the moment. Additionally, along with the sound design ambience, the strings were used in many of the deja vu sequences to create background textures and add to the mood. One other moment worth mentioning is during the climactic ending scene where I felt the brashness of the instruments combined with the aleatoric string patterns helped created a real sense of fear and distress.

SKSM: After That Feeling did you write more music? If so what?

Gary M Thomas: I don’t currently have any new projects since completing the music for “That Feeling” but yes, I’m always writing new music. That’s just a normal part of my day, sitting down at the keyboard and composing new ideas.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Gary M Thomas: So lately, I’ve been spending most of my time working with my collection of piano libraries and slightly less of the orchestral samples. I guess it’s kinda like a cool down time for me after completing this project. Sometimes, I find it very therapeutic to sit down and write some melodies for solo piano without layering orchestral tracks behind them. In fact, I’ve just recently completed sketching out a few new compositions using only piano. These ideas could be further developed and possibly used on future projects as needed.

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

Gary M Thomas: Yes, indeed!  I’d say “The Shining” is probably my favourite.

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

Gary M Thomas: Hmmm, possibly that I’ve been vegetarian for almost three quarters of my life. Yep, I started in high school and have continued for over 46 years. Wow, that makes me sound so old, doesn’t it? LOL!

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

Gary M Thomas: First and foremost, be seriously dedicated to your talent and apply yourself to improving your skills every day. Expose yourself to all types of music and learn as much as possible from each genre. Aim to be creative, innovative and unique with your talent. Whenever possible, network with and spend time performing with other likeminded musicians to gain knowledge of different performing styles. If you are planning to pursue scoring to picture, I highly recommend studying, listening and learning from the works of master film composers as a guide to your own musical advancement. Remember to always be diligent and don’t ever give up on your talent.

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?

Gary M Thomas: Thank you so much for giving me this unique opportunity to share a little information with the readers. I’m hoping that everyone will get the opportunity to see “That Feeling” and will enjoy the film as much as I enjoyed composing the music.

SKSM: Do you like something to add?

Gary M Thomas: Again, thank you very much.

She played in Amy Nigro’s Cain Rose Up Dollar Baby film as House Mother.

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

Rhoda Pell: I gave up on acting at 19, had a baby and started a 32 year career with AT&T. I retired after 9/11 and began background acting with central casting.

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

Rhoda Pell: Since I was 4.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Cain rose up Dollar Baby film?

Rhoda Pell: I belong to every casting service and have a commercial agent. I submit myself to all parts I fit as long as not too much dialogue or rehearsals. I think I booked the role based on my imdb and resume and headshots, which often happens.

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

Rhoda Pell: I didn’t go to a movie screening and don’t think I watched the whole film so I can’t answer that.

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

Rhoda Pell: I might have sent in a self tape…

SKSM: You worked with Amy Nigro on this film, how was that?

Rhoda Pell: She was very gracious and happy about my wardrobe choices and very appreciative of my commitment to my small but important role.

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

Rhoda Pell: Sadly my experience was very brief, but that’s how I like to roll.

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

Rhoda Pell: Sadly no.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Rhoda Pell: I’m busier now than ever before.tonight attending a red carpet premiere of “the obscured ” where I play one of my iconic characters-the motel owner. I finished 2 days and I am booked all next week on a Netflix people I worked with years ago are booking me out of the blue. I booked a UCLA thesis that’s paying me nicely with a self tape. It will be shooting just after my 74th birthday mid December. Music videos are my favorites. I’ve done over 150, the last one with twin tribes called fantasy is out now, and for king and country latest video is out where I play one of my specialties homeless. My music videos are linked on YouTube rhodapells cannel favorites.

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

Rhoda Pell: I am indeed have read most. I think The Stand is my favorite. A few years ago I had a great experience with the press event tie in to It 2, for 4 days I performed as the creepy old lady and people actually thought I was the actress in the movie.

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

Rhoda Pell: I’m happy to perform in the nude, and often have on true blood, westworld, milf, music videos etc.

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

Rhoda Pell: Check out my imdb, enjoy my demo reel and follow me on Instagram @rhodapell.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Rhoda Pell:  Thanx for your interest and contributions to art.

 

She played in Roman Alekseev‘s The Hammer Dollar Baby film as Norma.

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

Julia Alekseeva: I love watching movies, but I’m not actress. I’m veterinarian.

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

Julia Alekseeva: I never dreamed of becoming actress.

This is the only film in which I have starred.

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

Julia Alekseeva: My husband asked me to play in his film and I said ‘yes’.

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

Julia Alekseeva: Mysterious serial killer will always interest people. People love scary stories and unexpected plot twists.

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

Julia Alekseeva: Shooting a movie in normal mode has become problematic because of covid. Then Roman asked me to play the role of victim, but this was not originally in the plans. Actually I’m little afraid of camera.

SKSM: You worked with Roman Alekseev on this film, how was that?

Julia Alekseeva: It was exciting and sometimes fun. I felt insecure as actress. But my husband always supported me.

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

Julia Alekseeva: Sometimes we had to reshoot the scene because our cats were in the frame. They didn’t want to leave us and were very interested in what we were doing.

There is another interesting fact. Real blood was used to shoot the poster. First, my husband bought fake blood. But it spread over my face and did not look like the real one. Then I thought I had to do something about it. I’m a veterinarian and I can draw blood from a vein. My husband, by the way, is afraid of blood and does not like injections. I applied a tourniquet to myself and drew about 10 ml of blood from my own hand with a syringe. Then she squeezed it onto her head. My husband was shocked.

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

Julia Alekseeva: Of course. We live with Roman and cats. Their names are Lucifer and Oswald.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Julia Alekseeva: Now I’m not filming anywhere and I don’t know if I will.

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

Julia Alekseeva: Yes, I really love reading his books and watching the film adaptations.

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

Julia Alekseeva: I really know how to handle firearms.

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

Julia Alekseeva: Thanks for the questions. It was interesting to answer them. It was a completely new experience for me. Please don’t judge me harshly.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Julia Alekseeva: I wish you all a good mood and new scary stories. =)

He is the Cinematographer in Vyacheslav Vlasov‘s In The Deathroom Dollar Baby film.

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

Artem Mokevsky: Hello everyone. I am Artem Mokevsky. I’ve been doing videography for 10 years now. And recently became a musician

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

Artem Mokevsky: As a child, every evening my father brought home new DVDs and I watched a large number of films. At some point, I wanted to evoke the same incredible emotions in people as I myself received from some masterpieces of cinema. But I only had enough opportunities to become a blogger, then it became my job

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

Artem Mokevsky: Due to the lack of experience and self-confidence, we did not work out the visual component as deeply as we could. But at this stage of the creative path, the main task is to finish the product, and then analyze it and become better in the next projects

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

Artem Mokevsky: It doesn’t matter if it’s a big project with a multimillion-dollar budget or a “garage production”, relationships on the site should be primarily professional. If the team members are friends at the same time, then this can create a special chemistry, but should not interfere with the workflow. Also, absolutely all team members should know the scenario in order to be on the same wavelength. I can’t say that we managed to do it to the full, but an unsuccessful experience is a valuable experience.

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

Artem Mokevsky: Of course, this is the biggest challenge in my entire life (after the Unified State Exam). It is very difficult to get out of creative stagnation, work with equipment of a different level and organize a large number of people. It was the first time we did a full dubbing of the film because we did not record sound from a professional microphone on the spot.

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

Artem Mokevsky: The format depends on the task. The choice of format and lenses directly depends on the idea.

Again, you need to have a lot of tools and be able to use them in order for real creativity to begin. We work with what we have.

I like wide-angle lenses of about 10-18 mm and art lenses created for specific effects.

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

Artem Mokevsky: The husband of the main and only actress came to the set, interfered with the filming process and gave unnecessary comments. We politely asked him to be silent, but to no avail. As a result, the actress herself swore at him and kicked him out. I love it when people prioritize

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

Artem Mokevsky: David Fincher (Fight Club, Social network), Guy Ritchie (rock’n’roller), Timur Bekmambetov (watches), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), almost all of Makoto Shinkai’s works (Your name, weather child), Mr. Nobody. I can’t trace the direct influence, but these works are my favorite

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

Artem Mokevsky: Few people don’t know Stephen, but I managed to miss every film adaptation of his novels. I should be ashamed, I will definitely catch up!

(I remembered that I watched the “it” dilogy – I liked it)

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Artem Mokevsky: The Internet series “The Librarian in quarantine” is a comedy with elements of science fiction Youtube channel with personal experiences.

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

Artem Mokevsky: Russians go ahead!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Artem Mokevsky: I say hello to my mother

 

He played in Vyacheslav Vlasov‘s In The Deathroom Dollar Baby film as Boris.

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

Andrey Kalfa: My name is Andrey Kalfa, I am 44 years old. I am an entrepreneur in Russia and this has already said a lot. But in addition to my main work, I write poems, songs and sing in my rock band “Plan B”.

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

Andrey Kalfa: Probably each of us dreamed of becoming an actor as a child.

Personally, I participated in all the productions in high school. Once, in a New Year’s Eve performance, I played several roles at once. One of them was the role of a Steam Train that was captured by cowboys! And I prayed with real tears in my eyes that they would not shoot, because I have small children at home-Steam Locomotives! Haha, it was fun!!!

But if we talk about the professional activity of an actor, then my Father did not allow me to go to university to study acting. Alas.

SKSM: How did you become involved in In the Deathroom Dollar Baby film?

Andrey Kalfa: Well, I’m an adventurer by nature. Therefore, when I saw a nice Russian guy on TV, Vyacheslav Vlasov, who was giving an interview about the beginning of filming the film, I immediately wrote to him and offered to help in organizing the process. So I started asking to be an actor. To which Vyacheslav gently replied that there would be a general casting! A couple of weeks passed and he sent me a text, the role of Boris. In the description of which, I quote: Boris, a man of 30 – 35 years old . He has a solid build, and is ready to resort to torture to get information. Aliluya!!! It’s me xD

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

Andrey Kalfa: I’ll be honest. I haven’t read this story before. After reading the script, I was a little confused. He didn’t look like Stephen King. It feels like it is taken out of the context of some other story. But the task was set by the director and we tried to solve it.

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

Andrey Kalfa: Yes, of course, as I already said, there was a casting. The first one in my life by the way. It was very exciting. When I went to the casting, I wanted to turn around and go home. I thought, ” Well, who am I?, probably this is not my thing. But what the hell is not joking, I took a chance. M-yes.

At the audition, everything was like a fog, and even after it, the fog remained in my head. And one fine morning. Boom. Letter: you are cool, you are invited to the role. The feeling is incredible. But immediately it became scary again. After all, now you will have to work for real . And I really wanted to match my role and not let my colleagues down.

SKSM: You worked with Vyacheslav Vlasov on this film, how was that?

Andrey Kalfa: In a word, it’s Fantastic. A young director, young actors, a cameraman. In one breath, we worked for a couple of days until the morning. This is beyond words. Something new, unusual and very interesting. We were very tired, but our emotions were off the scale.

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

Andrey Kalfa: Well, of course, there were some curiosities. At some point, we were writing my dialogue, the first take, the second, the director doesn’t like something. And somewhere on the fifth or sixth take, my tongue begins to slur and some nonsense begins to come out of my mouth. The whole film crew begins to giggle, but with each take the situation worsens and the nonsense becomes absurd, respectively, we just start laughing and rolling on the floor! I had to call a break.

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

Andrey Kalfa: Probably on the same night, after the shooting, we created a chat in WhatsApp. We called this chat by the way “Children of corn” (hi Stephen!) And we still correspond. Recently, we congratulated each other on the birthday of Stephen King.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Andrey Kalfa: At the moment, everything is trivial, routine, job. But I hope everything can change for the better soon.

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

Andrey Kalfa: I am a kind person!

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

Andrey Kalfa: Read books, watch movies, and be alive and real in life!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Andrey Kalfa: Thank you for the interview, it was very pleasant for me. Thank you for your work! Peace to all!

He played in Vyacheslav Vlasov‘s In The Deathroom Dollar Baby film as Alexander Holodov.

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

Alexander Stulnev: My name is Alexander Stulnev. I am 23 years old, a native of Astrakhan. I have been leading an active lifestyle all my adult life. I am an honorary volunteer in the southern region in social and environmental areas. At the moment I am writing my projects, because I want to change my city for the better, and in the future I will go from the city of Astrakhan. In addition, I am an artist and create art objects from recycled materials. @ovpqvo

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

Alexander Stulnev: I never had a dream of becoming an actor, but it was always interesting to try myself in this direction.

SKSM: How did you become involved in In the Deathroom Dollar Baby film?

Alexander Stulnev: I was offered to play the main role by my good friend, the director of the film Vyacheslav Vlasov. And since I love active movements, I liked the idea. This is the first time in the history of the city such an event. I thought why not become a part of history, and I agreed.

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

Alexander Stulnev: Everyone who came across this story was confused by the ending of this story. This simply can not be! It seems that we understand that the main character is going to die now, but deep down we believe that he will be able to get out of this situation.

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

Alexander Stulnev: I have already worked with Vyacheslav Vlasov in his first picture. Apparently, he saw something in me and offered to star in a new movie In The Deathroom. And I did everything possible to justify my hopes.

SKSM: You worked with Vyacheslav Vlasov on this film, how was that?

Alexander Stulnev: The shooting lasted for six months, as the events took place at different times of the year. During this time, a lot of things have changed in my life. I’ve experienced ups and downs. But at the time of filming, due to the friendly team and the support of the director, emotions were always at the limit.

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

Alexander Stulnev: It is difficult to choose, since there were a lot of them. The team was selected from very creative and positive people. I will note one moment that I remember very much. During the filming of the main scenes, late at night, when everyone was tired, the director’s fiancee Irina made a surprise for the entire film crew and brought pizza. It was a very special moment.

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

Alexander Stulnev: Yes, of course, we keep in touch. We have a common chat. I keep in touch with almost everyone, not only in social networks, but also in life.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Alexander Stulnev: At the moment, I am very passionate about working on personal projects.

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

Alexander Stulnev: I have a lot of respect for people who have achieved success with their talent and Stephen King is no exception. But unfortunately I don’t like horrors.

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

Alexander Stulnev: Many people are surprised by my view of life. At a time when almost everyone is “running over their heads” to become billionaires, I am content with little. And I want to change the world, and not live this life thinking only about myself.

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

Alexander Stulnev: Think not only about yourself, there are so many lonely people in the world who need support. And make the world cleaner!

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Alexander Stulnev: Thank you for such an interest in our project, it was very nice to answer these questions and remember once again how our shooting took place!

He is the filmmaker of The Hammer Dollar Baby film.

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

Roman Alekseev: My name is Roman Alekseev and I am from Russia. I live in the city of St. Petersburg. I work in the Okko online cinema as a technical support specialist. Directing is my hobby.

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

Roman Alekseev: At first I dreamed of becoming a writer. It sounds like a clich?, but I was inspired by Mr. King. Then I came to try myself as a screenwriter, and only then I thought about directing and even enrolled in evening training. It was then that I shot my first adaptation of The Man Who Loved Flowers. The film was visually better than Hammer, but no different from the story.

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

Roman Alekseev: To make a film and pay the team, I sold a smartphone, but then there was isolation and I had to improvise. I shot the film in a couple of days on my wife’s smartphone and she also played the main role. The film cost almost nothing. My goal was to surprise with the concept, since I thought that others would make the story exactly the same. Hope I was able to surprise.

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?

Roman Alekseev: I already shot a film based on this story, but it was an unofficial adaptation. I read the story and was surprised that the author was able to catch me waiting. The end was unpredictable. I fell in love with the story and it was then that I began to take my first steps in directing. I decided that I would shoot a film for myself and it would be a great skill training.

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?

Roman Alekseev: When I made that movie, I didn’t know King was selling rights for a dollar. Andrey Popov wrote to me and asked if it was possible to take my film to participate in Dollar Baby, and I replied that it was possible. Then, having delved deeper into the topic, I decided that I would remove the official film adaptation and bought the rights to The Man Who Loved Flowers. This is how the “Hammer” appeared.

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

Roman Alekseev: It’s funny that the adaptation was completely different. The film has changed beyond recognition and a lot had to be thrown out, but then it was decided to change everything from scratch. The idea of ??bait for a maniac came up unexpectedly, but now I want to expand this idea. I’ve always liked stories about strong women.

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?

Roman Alekseev: I would really like everyone to be able to see my film for free, but according to the terms, I cannot show it anywhere. I would also love to know what King thinks about my film. Feedback is always good. Art should belong to the people!

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

Roman Alekseev: Reviews were generally mixed. Those who read the story liked the film, but there were people who simply did not understand it. Many were confused by the vertical format of the shooting. I drew conclusions and will try to fix everything in the future.

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

Roman Alekseev: The film is already participating in various festivals, but due to the ratings, I doubted its promotion.

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

Roman Alekseev: Apart from the obvious adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, I like It, Carrie, Pet Sematary. The Dark Tower series has stolen my heart forever. I would very much like to see her adaptation.

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)?

Roman Alekseev: Alas, no. Communication was through an assistant. I would really like him to see the film and express his opinion, but I understand that such a busy person simply will not have time. He probably doesn’t even know about my existence.

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?

Roman Alekseev: I would like to make a film based on the “Grandfather” story, but the rights to it are not being sold. I really like the concept. The story could scare me.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Roman Alekseev: Now I’m writing a script for a full-length film, and then I’m going to ask the studios for money to shoot. Hope it works out.

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

Roman Alekseev: Do not know. I didn’t communicate with other people. I hope they don’t think anything bad.

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

Roman Alekseev: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer the questions! I want to say this: Never stop being afraid of the monsters under the bed!

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Roman Alekseev: Yes, if someone wants to watch my film, then write and I will try to arrange an individual session 🙂