Your new movie The
Purpose of Apples - in a few words, what is it about?
main two themes are loneliness
the story of Caden, who has given up on
after finding his girlfriend cheat on him. He sits on a bus stop
frustrated and unsure of
to go when Ethel arrives. Recently widowed, the two sit on the bus stop.
Caden an apple to eat they find that even though they are two different
people, they have
stupid question I just have to ask: Do you eat your apple a day? And what
do apples mean to you, personally?
is actually a good question. I don't eat an apple every day. I suppose I
is no specific significance with the apple either. I do have a hint of
religious and spiritual
in almost all of my writing. That is because I believe that people are
faith and beliefs. When I started writing I was more trying to figure out
a vice to use to
Ethel talk to Caden. An apple seemed simple... but as I started exploring
the story more I realized the apple meant more to Ethel. It was no longer
What were your inspirations when writing The
Purpose of Apples - and was any of it based on personal
were no particular inspirations. I just wanted to make it simple to shoot.
So one basic
seemed the best idea. And I suppose there is a piece of me in everything
that I write -
is part of the process of writing; the process of being an artist.
You are generally much more known for your
work in horror - so what prompted you to pick up drama with The
Purpose of Apples?
to horror, drama is my favorite genre. I always feel there is a bit of
drama in horror and a
of horror in drama. But more than that, I love good stories and I love
putting good characters
situations and seeing how it will play out.
Do talk about your
directorial approach to your story at hand for a bit?
I am big on collaboration. So I let the actors talk and feel out their
character for a bit. It's
how the actor can get into the head of the character and make them come to
life. I see
all the time when I am on set as a script supervisor. I also like when my
ideas. Each department has something to bring to the table and I love to
and then see what helps the story. My editor and sound designers and
so amazing in post production as well.
set, I just try to guide the actor through the scene. It's up to them to
deliver the performance
I feel it's my job to get them there. It's very symbiotic.
movie was almost entirely filmed at a bus stop (or what appears to be one)
- so what were the advantages and also the challenges filming there?
filming at one location is easy for budgetary means. But the challenge is
to make it
and not boring. Two people sitting and talking can be tedious. I kept
he was frustrated and wanted to be left alone... but at the same time felt
someone to talk to. When we did the flashbacks we tried to keep them
moving to be a
to the main story.
can you tell us about your cast, and why exactly these people?
these actors were phenomenal. In truth I cast Andrew J McGuinness as Caden a few years
tried to shoot The
Purpose of Apples the
first time. When my producer Cuyle Carvin (who also helped
produce Ax) [Cuyle
Carvin interview - click here] told
me he wanted to help with this film I was finally ready to direct it. But
to start over to be fair to the project. That meant... Andrew would have
was very professional about that. And he came back and did an even better
audition than he did
the first time. He really fought for this role. Both Cuyle and I were
impressed with his
which I felt was important for Caden.
for Starr Gilliard, she was great during the audition. She was very motherly and
tender, which I think
from years of being a teacher before becoming an actress. She understood
fact, she wore the exact same outfit during filming that she wore in the
used Todd James Jackson as the flower guy. He was in Ax
the first actor I have directed.
is in all of my movies. In fact, the name tag he wears is his character
name from Ax.
Ethel's flashback I found 2 sweet natured actresses when I auditioned
Calida Jones and Kira Powell.
was great as Young Ethel... and Kira had enough attitude to pull of her
best friend Golda.
for Young Herb and Chauncey? Cuyle knew Jonte LeGras and asked him to do it. A
Granison Crawford to play Herb. I knew Granison as a comedic actor. I gave it a chance. He
and you would have thought they had been best friends for years.... and
Granison was so
endearing as Herb.
for Alyse and Tabitha....Monia Ayachi and Heather Berg were friends of ours. I am
grateful to both of them for
putting together my taboo lesbian scene. Seriously, two wonderful
actresses and just two
in general I adore.
talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere?
I know I talked a lot about this already in previous answers. I do want to
say this. I have so much
fun on set... and I am adamant about being surrounded by both actors and
crew that feel the
same. Filmmaking can be hard sometimes. Long hours. Sometimes you have to
deal with the
elements, which can make it rather difficult. My cinematrographer Brandon
and I always walk
on set with an idea of what we want to shoot. It is only fair to the crew
and the actors that I give
the prep time needed on my end to make sure we make our days and have a
movie that everyone
can be proud of.
me put it this way, I want to make movies that my mother would watch and
enjoy. Ok, well not always... she isn't a fan of horror. But I think you know what I mean.
Because I have such a
of making movies that usually creates a fun atmosphere on set.
can you tell us about critical and audience reception of The
Purpose of Apples so far - and where can the movie be seen,
am excited to share that the reception of this film has been extremely
positive. We contacted
indie artist by the name of Gareth Asher to ask if we could use the song
"Break" in the
sequence. We sent him the final edit of the film and he approved of the
simple moments that prove to me we did something good.
At this time we are submitting to festivals. Just like any film it has to
its course. Once that is done
it will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel and our Vimeo site
as well as on our website.
Any future project you'd like to share?
I have two features that are in pre-production. A horror film written by
Kerry Fleming and
Victor Miller (writer, Friday
the 13th) called
Paper Dead and
a Latino drama I wrote and
direct called You
Can Call Me Eve.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
information about me or my films is available on most social media sites.
you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I do host a networking event for filmmakers and actors called the East
Side Indie Filmmakers Group. We meet once a month here in Los Angeles. We always have amazing talent
come through. But we are also on Facebook and have a website. I would love
to start chapters all over the country to help other filmmakers meet and create their own
for the interview!