Frank Herbert’s Cease Fire


Jacob Collins recently finished film school at the Colorado Film School. Although he now lives, the New York area, he’s flying back for a special screening of his short movie, Cease Fire, based on the Frank Herbert short story.  Cease Fire plays Thursday night, November 15th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project at Denver’s historic Bug Theatre. EFP host Patrick Sheridan chatted with Jacob over the internet.

P.S.: Why did you become a filmmaker?
J.C.: I wanted to do something with my life that would have me working with different situations, places, people, and stories, all of the time, and up until I went to college, I hadn’t been doing that.

P.S.: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
J.C.: At EFP, we’ll see the first full-length screening of Cease Fire (it had screened elsewhere once before, but not as a finished film); the plan is to submit it to as many festivals as possible.

P.S.: What else are you working on?
J.C.: Right now, I’m working on a few scripts for both feature and short films, and looking for work. I currently live in the New Jersey/New York City metro area, and with the recent hurricane/storm, things are still pretty chaotic in our area.

P.S.: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
J.S.: I don’t know if it’s weird or not, but I always try make a finished story out of anything I do, and I try as hard as I can to stick to the original plan first and foremost. I do, however, listen to the ideas of the people that I’m working with on set – if I hear a great idea from someone, and it fits, and can be done with the equipment and time that we have, I’ll go for it. I also have been pretty lucky in getting locations and sponsors for whatever I try to do – most of it is just asking, and being persistent. It took, literally, over a year to find a jet for a single scene with no lines, and we were shot down consistently, and told to look for other options, but in the end, we found what we were looking for, and it was just one of those things that had to be the way it was. Luckily for us, persistence paid off.

P.S.: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
J.C.: They can check my facebook page, but for right now, since the only short film I’ve directed and released is Cease Fire, people can check out the details on it at www.frankherbertsceasefire.com.

P.S.: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
J.C.: I’ve never been to the EFP, but I’m glad to hear that new filmmakers have a place to exhibit their work and talk to other filmmakers!

P.S.: Thanks, Jacob.  We look forward to seeing Cease Fire Thursday night!