Time for a Kickstarter update! We are rapidly approaching the end of our kickstarter fundraising campaign, where we are trying to raise $1750 to round out the budget for my first film, At the Edge of The Sea. We only need about $500 more dollars! So if you enjoy The Constant Holiday, consider making a small donation here. You can donate as little as a dollar and every little bit helps!
We posted an interview with our director, Phillip Spears, on Kickstarter today, and I’m putting in on the blog as well so you kind folks can read it. If you like you can read it at Kickstarter here.
Take it away, Phillip!
Q: Since you come from a photography background, how does it feel to be directing your first film?
A. I am tremendously excited about this new direction. The creative potential seems almost unlimited. It feels a little like I am starting all over again but with a much better skill set and richer supply of experience from which to draw. Can’t wait to get started and see what we can do with a good crew.
Q: How much of your stills photography skills will carry over this motion project?
A. I am hoping the finished project will be very much a “photographers” view of the story we are telling. As still image producers we are generally more focused on the character of the single frame than film makers. I hope to bring some of that sensibility to the more dynamic story telling aspect of a moving image medium.
Q: What is the biggest challenge for a project with so many exteriors? (i.e. lighting, weather, giant mutant sharks eating the crew)
A. I think the biggest challenge is seeing beyond the immediate constraints of the actual circumstances we are faced with such as weather, schedule, budget etc… and finding the opportunities in those circumstances rather than allowing them to force us into a response that yields a works that is not what it could be. It will be very tempting to deal with difficult contingencies by retreating to too many tried and true solutions. I hope to always be asking what can we do here to make something original.
Q: New technology is putting filmmaking within reach for so many people now, and there are many more outlets for showing your work. What would you say to someone who wants to make their first film?
A. Just go ahead and do it. Shoot footage, do your best and forget being afraid that it will not be any good. Just like any creative process it’s all a matter of actually doing it and then judging after. That’s how you learn and that’s how you actually produce work.
Q: How familiar are you with with the landscape in the region you are shooting, the southern Georgia Coast? What is your favorite thing about the area?
A. My first commercial project around 1984 was an editorial assignment developed out of a personal project shooting landscapes in and around St. Simons and Jekyll Island. Being a native Georgian I have been coming to the Golden Isles my entire life. Since I have never lived in the area though I feel like there is still an enormous opportunity for discovery and I am looking forward to recording that discovery. Favorite thing about the area is the sense of change over time you get when you are here. The shape and feel of the geography morphs on a large scale as the tide comes and goes daily and leaves observable changes to things that we don’t expect to change like the land around us. Also, and this is unusual for a photographer the aroma of the area where land and fresh water meet the sea changes over the course of the day more than anywhere else I’ve experienced. Hope to find a way communicate that.
Q: What is your favorite film, and why? Do you have a favorite non-fiction (documentary) film?
A. Too many favorites to go through them all. Chariots of Fire because of its ability to bring a deep understanding of humanity to the screen while at the same time doing so with magnificent production values, acting and writing. Sayles’ “The Secret of Roan Inish” also one of my favorites and relates to this current project in that it does a marvelous job telling the story of life in littoral Ireland.
Thank you again to everyone, and we’ll post another update soon. The photos above are scouting snaps by Tracey, btw, so you can see where we’re going!