The sci-fi thriller will be female-driven and it's about an examination of women's issues in an AI future. Not much has been released yet as most of the details are currently kept under wraps.
The rights to the short story by Ms. Oritte Bendory has been bought by Amblin Partners. Ms. Sarah Inwards will write the screenplay.
The sci-fi thriller will be female-driven and it's about an examination of women's issues in an AI future. Not much has been released yet as most of the details are currently kept under wraps.
Excellent news to announce today. A short story is getting noticed by Hollywood today. The late Ursula K. Le Guin's Sci-Fi novelette is being made into a film. Grammy-winner and Oscar-winner Common and Actor Jonny Lee Miller will star in the film-adaptation.
Here is the theme of the short story Nine Lives from wikipedia.com:
The overarching theme in "Nine Lives" is the concept of the self. Some critics believe that "Nine Lives" also explores the theme of using "technology to illustrate ethical and sociological dilemmas," in addition to examining ideas of humanity and consciousness through the themes of cloning, exploration, paranoia, and disaster.Other critics regard "Nine Lives" as being more "straight" Science Fiction, that doesn't challenge ideas of perspective or weave in messages.
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We all love to imagine what we'll do if we can time travel. Well, Mr. Andrew Bowler-- the director and screenwriter of Time Freak--will take you on a trip like no other time travel movie have done before. From an amazing, Oscar-nominated short film comes the feature-length movie, Time Freak, that stars Asa Butterfield (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Journey's End ) , Sophia Turner (Game of Thrones, Dark Phoenix), and Skyler Gisondo (The Amazing Spiderman, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb). So, take this time to know Mr. Andrew Bowler and definitely watch Time Freak as soon as you can.
1. Congratulation on your short film Time Freak being nominated for an Oscar. Could you explain how the genesis of the project and how it got a nomination?
My wife, Gigi Causey, and I had been talking about making a short film together for a while. I wrote a few short scripts that were just okay and then I wrote the Time Freak short in just one night and when I showed it to her, she instantly started planning how we would make it.
The short showed at a lot of great festivals during that year but we won the Seattle International Film Festival and if you win what’s known as a qualifying festival, you are then eligible to submit you film to the academy for consideration.
2. Were there other titles you came up with before Time Freak (when making the short film)? If so what were they?
I don’t know, I think Time Freak came to me pretty early and stuck. I don’t think we ever considered anything else.
3. Could you give us an interesting fun fact about being interviewed on CBS This Morning (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCoJAqjpraY) about your Oscar nomination?
That all started because the husband of my wife’s friend was a cameraman on that show and he pitched the story. So we owe it all to Dave Cabano. Thanks Dave!
4. Any word of advice for aspiring young directors who are trying to make their first short film?
The advice I always give is, be nice to yourself, be hard on the work. It’s really hard to make a good movie. Harder than most people realize. So probably are not gonna get everything perfect the first time around and you will most likely have lots of stops and starts in your career so try not to sweat that too much. But also, the best way to really move your career along is to be honest about when your work is working and hitting the mark and when it’s falling short of what you want it to be. The people who can be honest about that I think go the furthest. It’s hard to do but it’s important.
5. What was your writing process like with the feature-length movie of Time Freak?
Hard. Time travel movies bend your brain. Writing is hard enough just on it’s own and adding in the layers of time travel logic while still trying to explore new territory emotionally is a real challenge. And then of course, even when you finally get all the time travel stuff worked out, it’s still really just the set up because making the lives of the characters feel real and compelling is still the most important thing.
6. Did you have writer’s block on the Time Freak screenplay? If so, how did you get over it?
I get it all the time but to me it just feels like not wanting to write or not having any good ideas. The best way I know how to get out of it is to write something, anything. Just move those fingers on the keyboard and make the letters into words. You can judge the quality another time, just be active, not passive.
7. Growing up, did you want to be a director or screenwriter first? Who inspired you to become either one?
I wanted to be director first but only because I didn’t really know what it meant to be a screenwriter. I didn’t really start to learn about that and develop a respect for the craft til film school. I was 80s kid so Steven Spielberg was the first name I remember being aware of as a filmmaker. It seemed like he made everything from our childhood so everyone looked up to him.
8. Did you have to deal with rejection on the journey to becoming a director or screenwriter? If so, how did you handle it?
This business is full of rejection or really the way it works is that people are either really excited to speak with / work with you or you don’t hear from anyone. No one really says no, you just stop hearing anyone say yes.
I like to tell people to act like this business is a meritocracy, even if it’s not really. Just focus on the idea that if your work is good, you will be successful and if it’s really good you’ll be really successful. The rest is just distracting noise.
9. What was your experience working with Asa Butterfield and Sophie Turner?
They were both dreams to work with. They are such pros, always prepared and with a great point of view but also willing to pivot to something new if the scene needed it. Asa is in every scene in the movie, except two. That is a tall order and very hard to do on a smaller movie. And it’s a pretty dialogue heavy movie which can be a challenge for any actor but it was pretty rare that either of them went up (forgot their lines). And when they did, it was always funny because neither of them take themselves too seriously so they would usually do something silly and then slide right back into character .
10. What is your favorite line from any of your favorite movie?
Whenever I get scared and really nervous about something I can hear Doc Brown in my head. There is a moment in Back to the Future just before Marty goes back to 1985 when Doc lays out all the things that have happen and how the car has to hit at precisely the right time, and the tracks back with him and then he stops says “…everything will be fine.” That’s what I think of to bring me some peace when I need it. “Everything will be fine.”
11. If you could direct or write a film-adaptation of any novel/novella/short story which one would you like to do?
Boy would I love a crack at The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. That is just a masterpiece that I think people want to see as a movie at some point. And of course I am anxiously awaiting Dune, one of my all time favorite books. But I don’t know that I would have wanted to take on that challenge. I’ll just be first in line when it’s done.
12. If you have one chance to travel back through time to ask someone a question who would it be? What would you ask?
I think I would to hang out with Lord Buddha. I put a line about that in Time Freak cause I think that would really be my first trip.
13. If you could choose a movie title for the story of your life what would it be?
Are Those Cookies for Everyone?
14. Would you like to share any special moment on set while making the feature-length of Time Freak?
I have a picture(timefreak.jpg) from the morning of the first day of filming. Gigi and I got their super early and I took a picture of sign pointing us in the direction of set. It has been six years since she and I started this journey and to be walking onto that set together on that first morning was pretty special.
15. Last question, in one word how did you feel when you saw the complete feature-length of Time Freak for the first time?
Thanks again to Mr. Andrew Bowler for accepting this blog interview. I'm glad to see that his noteworthy short film is made into a feature-length film. No doubt the film will be absolutely remarkable. Time Freak comes out today, Nov. 9th 2018, so check it out:). Take care and I hope your day is going great so far. Thanks for stopping by as well.
Good day everyone and thanks for stopping by to get to know the director/screenwriter, Mr. Thomas Hennessy. His directorial debut, What We Can't Have, was an official selection of the 2013 Vegas Cine Fest. He got started in the industry by being an actor in an award-winning film Battle For Haditha. I wouldn't go any further about Mr. Thomas Hennessy as he will give more info about himself and about his impressive movie project titled Another Time.
1) Could you tell a bit about yourself?
Ok, so long story short, cause I could drag this entire question out for days, I was born in the greater Chicagoland area to a very non artistic family. Sports were a thing, writing, and creativity was not. I did the sports thing, I was ok at some of them, not great, I was a little undersized at the time, a late bloomer I guess when it came to growing, but I digress, but more of a closeted artist.
I did a little bit of theater in high school, and I really liked that, and then went on to join the Navy. While I was in the Navy, I taught myself how to play the guitar and started writing songs and playing in bands, and I really started to discover the art of storytelling. I served 11 years, and then came to Los Angeles when I finished my time in the Navy. I eventually went to film school, and have been lucky enough to make a couple movies.
2) What make a film great for you?
To me a great film is something that can move somebody on an emotional level. Whether it’s make them laugh or make them cry, or just make them forget about the crap going on in their life for short while, that’s what makes a great film to me.
3) List three adjectives to describe Another Time?
Fun, Independent, Ambitious (totally not adjectives, I know)
4) What is the genesis of Another Time?
It’s kind of a silly story. I had just finished my first movie, What We Can’t Have, and I believe we were in post in it, and I was having a conversation with some friends about the ridiculous things guys do in their attempt to try and win the hearts of the young ladies. Somewhere in there I moved on to the idea that in said pursuit, rational thinking is optional, and we convince ourselves that what we are doing is rational, but it’s usually not. I had this idea then for a movie where I guy would try to travel back in time to win a girl who he couldn’t have in his current time.
5) Do you ever get writer’s block when writing Another Time? How did you get back on track?
So my friend Scott Ryann Kennard collaborated with me early on in the project, and he was a huge help. I had written about a five page outline of the characters and what the story was kind of about, and he took that and wrote a first draft of the script, which he sent me, and I instantly knew it was all wrong when I read it, but immediately became more clear on how the story did go. We went back and forth on a few drafts, and I’d write him some scenes, and then he’d send me some more drafts and we’d narrow it down from there, so working like that, writers block wasn’t really a thing. Once the decision was made to actually make the movie, I took over the writing and there were a number of drafts done at that point. I would say that writers block wasn’t too big an issue at that point either, though when it did occur, whiskey was usually the solution, haha.
6) When you are writing a screenplay, how much do you think about how your text will be translated into a visual medium?
When I write, I’m thinking very much how this plays out practically, because I’m not writing in the abstract, if I’m writing a screenplay, it is getting made, and so I’m very conscious of what it takes to do certain things on a production level, especially an indie level, and I try to be realistic in how I write scenes, and where I place them, so they are practical to make.
7) When inspiration is waning, when you feel creatively sapped, what do you do? How do you stay fresh?
To me, if I’m feeling uninspired, music can often be a great creative kick starter. I like to make a playlist of songs that match what I’m feeling go out for a walk and just let the music kinda sweep me away for a bit, and then as I’m walking start to feel more inspired, and start working out story details and scenes in my head.
8) What are your thoughts on Justin Hartley playing Eric Laziter, Arielle Kebbel playing Ally, and James Kyson playing Kal?
Working with the likes of Justin, Arielle, and James was an absolutely amazing experience. Justin is such a fantastic actor, it’s not easy to be the lead actor in a movie that is completely about you, I mean it’s his story, and he is in every scene in the movie, and to see that guy come in day after day, and just nail it every day, was such a treat to just experience, let alone be able to collaborate with on a creative level.
I like to say James Kyson is the hardest working man in Hollywood, I mean go look and see how many movies and tv shows this guy does, he’s incredible, and he totally steals the movie at times here. He brings this quirkiness and humor, but also great sincerity to the character of Kal, that is just so much fun to see.
Arielle, wow what can I say about her, working with her was almost a dream come true. I was a big fan of her work, especially films like Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best and Supporting Characters, so when I had an opportunity to work with her on this, I was absolutely ecstatic, and she did not disappoint. She plays a really key role in the film, but we only had her on set for a few days, but the amount of work, effort, and preparation she put into the role and character was inspiring, and she is so amazingly talented. I remember our very last day of filming was with her, and it’s our last scene, last shot we are filming for the movie, and we were doing her close up, and her performance was so good, we did a second take, and was just as good, and then I remember thinking we were good, and that was it, it’s a wrap, but I wanted to ask for one more take, just so I could sit there at the monitor and watch act a little more, she was that good.
9) What films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?
I’ve always been inspired by the smaller indie films. Kevin Smith’s Mallrats and Chasing Amy, which I pay a bit of homage to in Another Time, and Edward Burns work are the type of films that really got me to go out and make movies myself.
10) Growing up, did you wanted to be a director first or a screenwriter?
Growing up, working in movies was never something I even thought of as a reality. Once I did, it was always directing, and writing was just a necessary evil I had to do so I’d have something to direct. My views on that may have matured somewhat, but I still see myself as a director first. I would be happy to direct a script written by someone else, but I think I’d have a really hard time writing a script for someone else to direct.
11) What’s your idea of a downtime?
Downtime for me is really only a few things, movies, which I’m not sure counts as downtime, music, I still love to write and play music, and sports, both spectating and participating.
12) What is the best thing that ever happened to you while shooting Another Time?
The best thing that happened to me making Another Time was just the amazing opportunity to work with such an amazing and well accomplished cast. Besides Justin, James, and Arielle, we also had heavy hitters like Mark Valley and Chrishell (Stause) Hartley play key roles, and Jake McLaughlin even came down for a couple days to play a small role. When you’re able to put a cast of that caliber together, it really makes a lot of my job easy.
13) What do you love about directing in general?
I think the thing I love most about directing is taking a concept that was once just an idea in my head, then collaborating with a group of talented and creative people both in front of and behind the camera to make that idea come to life. It’s the teamwork environment and the people you work with that really make the filmmaking process special, and I really enjoy kind of captaining that ship.
14) What is your favorite line from Another Time?
Favorite line, wow, that’s a good one, do I go funny here, do I go inspirational? Inside joke perhaps? Ok here we go, and this is more of an interchange I guess, but there is a scene where Chrishell’s character Julia is talking about how success is defined by the type of impact you make on the world and Justin’s character Eric responds that he helps people plan for retirement, and that is impactful, and Julia responds to him “You help rich people get richer, that’s like teaching fish how to swim, it’s pretty low impact” and I just love the way Chrishell delivered that line. There’s another line, and this is more on the poetic side, where Arielle’s character Ally says “You know, by the time we really figure out what we want in life, most of the time it’s too late. Opportunity’s lost.” That’s another line where Arielle just gave a great delivery I think it’s an idea that a lot of people can relate to.
15) What advice can you give to people wanting to get into the business?
How to get into the business? I’m still trying to figure that out myself, haha. It’s tough, it’s competitive. My best advice, or at least the path I took, was just to force my way in. I wanted to be a filmmaker, but you can’t call yourself a filmmaker if you haven’t made a film, so I went out and made my first film What We Can’t Have for less than $10,000. I scraped the money together, found some people willing to help me, bought a cheap camera and some lights at Home Depot, wrote a script and made a movie. Learned so much along the way, and made some lifelong friends in the process. From there, I did Another Time, which I was determined to do with or without any backing. With this film, I was lucky enough to get some high level talent, who liked the script, interested, and because of that more doors were opened for me. Alan Pietruszewski, who produced the movie and plays Dr. Goyer in it was a big help in making things happen on this one. At the end of the day though, a lot of what I’ve been able to do has come from just working hard and doing my own thing, as well as working on other projects as well. The more people you can collaborate with, the more potential you have to find opportunities in the future, but don’t let money or lack thereof deter you. Write a script, make a movie, and see what happens, rinse repeat, you’d be surprised what can come of it. A lot of it also really depends on what type of films you want to make. For me, I do character stories, which really focus on dialogue and performance vice action and set pieces. For those types of stories, don’t waste your time making short films. You will get so much more mileage out of a feature, and you don’t need a lot of money to do them. Look at Edward Burns, he did his film Newlyweds a few years ago for $9k. For high concept stuff, short form might suit you better, but it’s got be really really good to stand out. Less is even more in that case. Too many filmmakers try to do high concept on a budget and stretch themselves too thin and end up with something mediocre. One incredible minute of footage is better than five average minutes. At the end of the day you gotta ask yourself what you want to do, and do something that suits that goal.
16) If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Wait for the Movie
17) Last question, if you could time travel would you do it? If yes, what reason would you go back in time for?
I might, depends on the side effects and consequences of said travel. My initial answer is to like do something silly, like go back to the 50’s and start a band called The Beatles and play all Beatles songs before John, Paul, George and Ringo can get around to doing it. I could do something like assassinate Hitler before he takes power, but then what if that actually spins the world into an even darker place? WWII doesn’t happen, and America doesn’t experience the economic boom to follow, some other dictator pops up elsewhere but we are ill equipped to fight them now, aliens take over and now we’re all living in the Matrix. Maybe it’s better to leave well enough alone. I’ve seen The Butterfly Effect.
What's not to love about a time travel movie. You should take a chance and watch Another Time on Friday, September 14 in theaters or on demand. I also want to say that I really appreciate Mr. Thomas Hennessy for answering my questions. You can clearly tell by the interview that he is truly ambitious and hardworking director/screenwriter. He's definitely going places. Be the first to experience his latest movie Another Time . Thanks as always for talking your time to visit my blog. Take care and I hope your day just got a lot better.
Interview with Mr. Nicholas Verso, A filmmaker and screenwriter of "Boys in the Trees" & upcoming movie "The Lairdbalor"
From making short films such as Hugo, Flight, The Last Time I saw Richard, and Three Apocalypse Bear webisodes(all of which has been either nominated or won awards in the film festivals), Mr. Nicholas Verso finally made his debut feature film titled Boys In the Trees. The film premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival before screening at festivals that includes Toronto, Busan,and Sitges. Boys in the Trees won Best Feature at the Austin Film Festival. The script also won the NewDraft Award at NewFest. Lastly, the script was nominated for the Monte Miller AWGIE Award. You can certainly tell by the trailer above that this film should definitely be on your to-watch list. Now he is going to be the director of an upcoming film-adaptation to the book called The Lairdbalor. I hope you all will be on the look out for this film as well when it comes out. So, take this time to get to know this excellent and talented filmmaker and screenwriter from Australia, Mr. Nicholas Verso.
1. In your experience, what would you say it takes to be a successful screenwriter and a filmmaker?
Perseverance. Talent helps but if you can’t persist and apply it, you probably won’t get anywhere. Also have a distinct perspective - how do you see the world?
2. What is your writing habit?
Procrastination! It can take me a while to get going. I’m not good at writing at home but strangely I can write almost anywhere else and I write my first drafts by hand so I can pretty much do it wherever I want. So I normally just find somewhere comfortable where I won’t be disturbed for a while, put some music on and try to find a doorway into the world.
3. Do you recall the very first short film you ever did?
The first short film I did was an adaptation of Lord Of The Flies for a high school English assignment. I was obsessed with Twin Peaks so the pig’s head on a stick spoke backwards to Simon and then we burned it in a huge bonfire while everyone ran around in their underwear. I got an A.
4. What’s your favorite line from any movie?
I think you could drop a pin at any moment in any Billy Wilder film and you’d touch a perfect line of dialogue. He has too many to mention.
5. What is your favorite movie as a kid? What is your favorite now?
As a kid I really loved the 80’s fantasy films like The Dark Crystal, The Never-ending Story, Labyrinth, The Goonies etc. I still do. I think my favourite films now would be The Innocents from 1961 and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. I always find something new in those films and they had a huge impact on me as a filmmaker.
6. What piece of advice do you have for beginning screenwriters?
My advice would be - don’t be surprised if the amazing film you have in your head doesn’t come out amazing on the page immediately. It’s strange how things can get so lost between your brain and writing it out but they do and I don’t think people talk about that enough. But just keep working on it. Keep writing. Keep rewriting. You’ll get it there. But don’t expect it to flow out perfectly immediately.
7. Do you write scripts for yourself or you have your viewers in mind?
When I’m writing the idea has to hook me first. I have to love it and want to see that film. Then I normally think about who I’d want to tell that story to. Who would love it as much as I do? Then I just focus on them. It can just be one person. But I think about what their experience would be when they watch it and how I can maximise that for them.
8. Congrats on winning Best Feature at the Austin Film Festival for Boys in the Trees, what was the most surprising thing you learned about making your debut feature film?
Thanks! I think the thing I found most surprising was how differently I’d feel afterwards. I felt like a shift happened inside me and my priorities and perspective changed ever so slightly. I think because i had exorcised something. I wasn’t expecting that.
9. What was the most difficult thing about writing Boys in the Trees?
The most difficult thing about writing BITT was always about what to put in and what to leave out. The script ultimately didn’t change that much through the development but certain things would be put in and then removed and vice versa. It was hard to keep it elegant and ultimately it isn’t particularly elegant. It rambles and meanders but it felt like that was the kind of film it was meant to be and I like that about it. It made it feel more like adolescence.
10. Congrats on directing the film adaptation to The Lairdbalor, what are you looking forward to on this project?
I’m very excited about The Lairdbalor! It’s a really great challenge because we’re world building and creating something like the films that inspired me as a kid. The book gives us a really good road map even though we’re deviating from it at times and bringing in some new elements. But it’s fun to be able to dive so deeply into imagination and make something truly enchanting.
11. Are you going to write The Lairdbalor’s screenplay?
Probably not. There was talk of it but ultimately I want to collaborate with a writer and let them bring something new to it. If I write it, I know what I’ll get whereas if I bring in a writer, they’ll bring something unexpected and increase the value of it for me. So I’m looking forward to that collaboration and the surprises it will bring.
12. Could you list Australian film/s that the United States audience, or the world for that matter, should definitely check out?
Recently The Babadook was one of my favourite Australian films - it was so well constructed and executed. A lot of the Australian films I love are from my childhood so I don’t know how well they hold up now but a few that come to mind are Careful He Might Hear You and Playing Beattie Bow. But Picnic At Hanging Rock would have to be my favourite Australian film of all time.
13. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I’ve pretty much lived out of a suitcase for the last year so it’s become pretty stripped back. It sounds awful but I’d probably say my phone simply because it has all my music on it, I can read on it, look up things. I wish I had a better answer.
14. What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Anything but pineapple or anchovies.
15. Last question, if DJ Versey Verse were forced to listen to one music, nonstop, for a whole day in a locked room, which music would he choose?
Do you mean one song or artist or genre? I’d probably say PJ Harvey because she has a range of styles that would probably compliment whatever stage I’m in as I glide into insanity.
Wishing all the best to Mr. Nicholas Verso on his latest film project The Lairdbalor. Many thanks to him as well for answering my questions in spite of his busy schedule. You guys should definitely be on the lookout for those Australian films he mentioned. Expand your movie horizons! Also, you can watch his movie Boys in the Trees as it already been released on DVD or streaming devices. Last but not least, to everyone reading this, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an excellent day and definitely go check out Mr. Nicholas Verso's films. Take care!
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