Your movie Time Again
- in a few words, what is it about?
is an old school over the top tribute to 80ís action films. It's a
wild Sci-Fi adventure into the notorious criminal underworld as a young
waitress travels back in time repeatedly to change the course of events
that led to the death of her sister.
With time travel
being one of the central subjects of Time
Again - is that something that holds a special fascination for
you? And anything in science, movies, literature you based your movie's
time travel-concept on?
have always been fascinated with the idea of time travel and it only
seemed right that my first feature would be a time travel movie. As a
child growing up in the 60's I enjoyed TV shows like Time Tunnel
Zone. These shows were fun to watch and excited my imagination.
(Other) Sources of inspiration
for your film?
Back to the Future
and Run Lola Run. Die Hard was another one because of
everything taking place in one building.
What can you tell us about your writing
process, and what was your collaboration with your co-writers C.S. Hill
and Debbie Glovin like?
Angela Rochelle, Tara Smoker
woke up one day and had the idea for Time Again
in my head. I quickly
wrote it down and then over the course of a year C.S. Hill and I developed
multiple drafts. When we were happy we had a shooting script, we passed it
on to Debbie to cross the T's and dot the I's.
What can you tell us about your
two leads Angela Rachelle and Tara Smoker? And how did you find them and
what made them perfect for their roles?
hardest parts to cast were Marlo and Sam. I needed two actresses that had
chemistry and looked like sisters. I waited to see everyone that came in
to audition and didnít make my decision until the very last day.
A few words
about the rest of your cast?
John T.Woods, Angela Rochelle
earned his or her part except for the Detective Lym and Old Lady roles. I
worked with John T. Woods at Nu
Image and I knew he was starting his career
as an actor. I had the opportunity to check out some of his work and
thought he would make a great action hero. When I wrote TIME AGAIN I wrote
Detective Lym for him. When I finished the script I sent it to him and I
was very happy when he agreed to take the part.
For the Old Lady I knew I needed someone
seasoned with experience to ground the movie. As casting was starting up I
was talking to a friend of mine about casting the part of the Old Lady and
she suggested Gigi Perreau. My friend knew Gigi personally and gave the
script to her. I was excited because I was already a big fan of Gigiís
work. One of my favorite movies growing up was Journey to the Center of
Time, and when Gigi agreed to do my movie I took this as a great omen.
How would you describe your
directorial approach to your subject at hand?
consider myself a "hands on director". That's why I like to work
the camera. When
you work the camera you're right there next to the actors and you can give
them a quick adjustment and keep the camera rolling.
words about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?
was a very ambitious shoot. I had all these setups I needed and very
little time. We always kept the camera moving; and working with a great
crew allowed me to get everything I needed.
can you tell us about audience and critical reception so far?
would say the reception has been great! Time Again
had itís world premiere at the Action on Film International Film
Festival in July 2011, where it was nominated for the Action Film of the
Year Award, and won an Award of Merit at The Accolade Competition in
December 2011. It screened in 2012 at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and
New York City's Winter Film Awards in February and the Bare Bones
International Film Festival in April, where it was again nominated for
Best Action Film. It also screened at the Phoenix Comicon in May 2012 and
NewFilmmakers New York in July 2012. With great reviews and
festival screenings itís no wonder that Maxim Media International and
Brain Damage Films acquired Time Again
go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking to
begin with, and did you receive any formal eductation on the subject?
Ray Karwel on set
started making movies at an early age with my friends on the school
playground. Although my life took me on a path totally away from movies, I
never lost my passion for making films. After a 15 year career as a
computer consultant, my love of moviemaking brought me to Hollywood in
2004 where I attended filmmaking/directing classes at the UCLA extension.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Time
making Time Again I worked in various capacities on the production set and
in several well-known production companies. I also worked as an assistant
editor on a number of feature films. During my spare time I wrote Time Again, with the goal to make this my directorial debut.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
Yes, I am working on a
"Spy-Fi" script that I hope to start lensing next year.
Directors who inspire you?
are so many. John Woo and Michael Bay for their use of angles and
composition in action. Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese for their use
of reveals, framing and color in visual storytelling. Robert Rodriguez for
making things work. Quentin Tarantino for listening to people talk. I
could go on and on.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
favorite movies are Science Fiction and Action movies, but I will watch
just about anything. No matter what I watch I find myself learning
something about lighting, staging and/or editing. Sometimes it's how to do
it and sometimes it's how not to do it.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
I'd like to give a shout out to the
people at Alphadogs, the
postproduction facility I used. Their color correction and sound mix took
the movie to the next level. There website: http://www.4alphadogs.com
you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I would like to thank my wife Carla for putting up with me through all
this and to thank everyone for watching Time Again. Stay tuned this is
only the beginning!
for the interview!
you for your support!