Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
AS: I became a filmmaker because it was a natural progression in my career. I’ve worked for many years as a production designer and in many ways we have to pre-viz each movie that we take on. It’s our job to be on top of all the details from design to construction to decor to graphics, VFX, props, locations, picture vehicles, etc. We also have to dig deep into the characters, understand the tone of the script, the nuts and bolts of production and the value of making a professional film. So directing / producing was the next logical step.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
AS: We are going to screen the Everlasting trailer at EFP. This preview was created after we finished the festival run for our feature film. Our U.S. Premiere took place at the 17th Annual Nevermore Film Festival last year where we won the Jury Award for Best Feature. We also screened in London at the Crystal Palace International Film Festival and Panic Fest in KC. We are available on multiple platforms (Amazon, Vudu, FandangoNow, Google Play, etc.). We will continue to expand to different foreign territories via Indie Rights. *We also hope to screen in Denver in the next few months. BTW – if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber you can watch Everlasting for FREE.
Q: What else are you working on?
AS: As for new projects – I’ve completed a Pilot script (30 min.) and Visual Presentation for a Series. I will start organizing that next with our Casting Director in L.A. The show is geared toward folks who appreciate the Horror genre. I’m excited for it, but we just have to take it step by step.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
AS: I’m not sure if this is weird, but most of my writing happens between 11pm-3am. I have to juggle so much between working on other movies and family life so it’s the only time I really have. I suppose that when you are alone, drafting a story in the middle of the night – that’s when your imagination can run wild. There are no distractions and I can just focus. It’s really my favorite time.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
AS: I was thrilled to find EFP. There are so many talented filmmakers that participate in these screenings. It’s also a great venue for creative types to discuss and share their love for Cinema. With Everlasting, we had so many challenges perhaps some of the successful strategies that we used will be of value to other filmmakers. We certainly learned a bunch during these five years.
Everlasting (trailer) will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, September 21st at The Bug Theatre.