For over two months, I’ve been buried alive.
As it turns out, being buried alive is actually pretty exciting. All-consuming for sure. Back in February, when director Paul Thompson pitched me the idea for a porn-star-mom stalked by a psychotic fan, and said, “let’s make a trailer for it and try to win a million bucks”, I thought, why not? Let’s go for it! I’ve done dumber things for much less motivation.
And so we plunged into the CineCoup Film Accelerator, competing with 91 teams across Canada to earn a million dollars in funding for our feature film ideas. Making the trailer itself was an exhausting rolling disaster, with locations pulling out upon learning the subject matter, a constantly changing crew, and only Paul and producer Rick Jang’s drive to finish holding our fragile enterprise together. With only two days to go before the competition entry deadline, they finished shooting our trailer for a thriller that doesn’t exist. Paul then madly edited it together, the first of what would turn out to be many marathon sessions with Final Cut Pro and a case of Coca-Cola.
Since then we’ve made countless videos, one a week, for two months. We’ve pitched our team. We’ve talked about the importance of soundtrack, post-sound and colour correction, relatively cheap tricks that give your film so much character. We’ve made posters for people to vote on (and a ridiculous ad-man noir vid as a very silly companion piece). We’ve made a silent(ish) sequence, with no dialogue, delving into our characters in a short but moving vignette. And it doesn’t stop there.
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Last week the Queen and I had a chance to watch the Canadian indie comedy Moon Point, staring Nick McKinlay, Paula Brancati, Kyle Mac and Kristen Gutoskie and directed by Sean Cisterna. The film follows 23-year old Daryl and his friend Femur on a quest to find Daryl’s elementary school would-be sweetheart, Sarah Cherry, now an actress filming a horror movie in…Moon Point. Traveling via a wagon hooked up to Femur’s electric wheelchair, along the way the duo meet up with an eccentric cast of characters, including the freespirited Kristen.
I dug the trailer for the film right when I saw, and the Queen and I wound up enjoying Moon Point quite a bit. The script is funny, the acting across the board is solid, and the landscape is pretty darn gorgeous; it is Canada, after all. The movie doesn’t go where you think it will, which made it even more of an enjoyable watch.
Check out the trailer for Moon Point below, and then after the jump you can watch our exclusive interview with Sean Cisterna, Nick McKinlay and Paula Brancati from the film. Our chat was a lot of fun, as you’ll see. The three of them had a natural chemistry and I believe it shows up.