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An Interview with Alex De Luca, Star of Independent Dreams

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2018

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Itís a film about both myself and David Christopher-Turner [David Christopher Turner interview - click here] who are actors and budding filmmakers, and co-founders of the production company Clouded Sight Pictures. We decided to make two epic feature films and give ourselves roles in them, the problem with this plan was we had no money. Thatís right, you read that correctly, we decided to make two high budget feature films, despite the fact we had no money. Someone should have called the big white van with the square wheels right there and then, but no, everyone let us carry on with it. I donít know whether it was passion or madness that started this whole thing, but I guess that will be decided by those who watch the film, which documents our journey from those simple beginnings, and follows us through all the highs and lows we went through in trying to get our projects off the ground!

 

How did the project come into being in the first place, and who came up with the idea to have your journey chronicled?

 

I blame David and Tony Sabanskis [Anthony Sabanskis interview - click here], it was all their fault, I should have stabbed them both, the minute they came up with the idea. J

 


Let's talk about the two projects Independent Dreams is based on for a bit, Dream Finder and Storm Warrior - what are they about, and what are the key challenges bringing them to the screen?

 

Dream Finder is an awesome fantasy film, that has everything youíd expect from the genre, based on the book by Roger Taylor. I love the whole story and canít wait to see this film hit the big screen. Regarding the rest of it, I think David [David Christopher Turner interview - click here] is the one best served to give more details.

Regarding Storm Warrior, it is an epic action movie, which I wrote the script for, where history, horror and fantasy collide. Itís a Viking saga depicting the lives and adventures of three Viking brothers, who are the sons of Earl ĎHaakon' a Viking nobleman. If I was to try and describe the film in general terms, I would say it is a mash up between Game of Thrones, Vikings and Predator, and it has everything youíd expect from those fantastic productions, except an alien with dreadlocks, that would be breach of copyright! J

As for the challenges in bringing the films to the screen, thatís an easy one, we need money and lots of it! We need millions to do these films justice. In Storm Warrior alone, we will need a fleet of Viking ships or some great CGI, either way this wonít be cheap! However, we have recently gained SEIS and EIS advanced assured approval for Storm Warrior and this will certainly make the film a more attractive prospect for any would-be investor.

 

I figure when you started making Independent Dreams you expected the outcome of your projects to be quite different - so how has the documentary evolved over time?

 

Not at all, my expectations for both films have remained the same throughout the whole process. Sure, things got a bit lairy every now and then, especially when our DoP pulled out the night before filming the concept videos, and Brexit fucked up a massive investment opportunity with an overseas investor. Those were the low moments for me, but despite these things we have kept pushing forward with the projects and have never given up once and are still fighting now, to bring these films to audiences all over the world. 

In that regard, I know Tony tried keeping the ending to the documentary open for a long time, so we could have the happy ending that we really wanted to have, but in the end, we decided to end it, because there were no other guarantees there.

 

Any filmmaking stories that didn't make it into the final cut of Independent Dreams?

 

Loads, but if I told you any of them Iíd have to stab you! J

 

What did it feel to be the topic of a documentary?

 

Iíd like to say it was un-intrusive, but I canít! Every time I turned around Tony was there with his camera. Even when I looked like shit and was wearing a dressing gown he was still there, and once when I came home from a hard day filming, he was there waiting for me in the kitchen to film me drinking a beer! I know right! Just WOW! J In all seriousness though, it was the best and worst experience of my life. The best because I have made so many new friends and solidified many other friendships I already had. They say adversity can kill many a friendship, but in the case of me and David, it just made us stronger as a unit, and even more determined to succeed. The worst because there are many people out there who will prey on guys like myself and David, because we have dreams. We know who most of those people are now, and in a way they did us a favour, because we are in a stronger position and able to move forward with more confidence than ever.

 

With all the experience you've gathered during the course of making Independent Dreams, what's be some solid pieces of advice to give aspiring indie filmmakers?

 

Good question! Be prepared to take some heavy-duty shit! Itís not an easy road to take, and everyone thinks they can do the job better than you. When things are going great, everyone wants to help, and youíre the best thing since sliced bread, but as soon as things start going wrong, itís like rats leaving a sinking ship. Plus you have to deal with a barrel load of professional jealousy! People you know will say great things to your face and then slag you off to everyone else behind your back. In saying that, I bloody love it, and I wouldnít do any other job in the world. The best advice I can give to anyone, is to be proactive in everything you do, and to wear armour, lots of armour. J

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Independent Dreams?

 

Iíve been amazed about the response weíve had, especially in America! Some of the reviews have been amazing! The one thing that really surprised me though, was how everyone who watches it are rooting for us by the end of the film, and I have to say that brought a tear to my eye.

 

Let's return to Dream Finder and Storm Warrior for a bit - are those still in the making/how far along have they gotten since the documentary has been shot?

 

We have decided to put Dream Finder on the back burner for now, and forge forward with Storm Warrior. It wasnít an easy decision to make, but once we got SEIS and EIS for the film, it was a no-brainer. I would say we are within touching distance of early pre-production, and we are currently in the business of contacting some A-list talent and crew. Regarding funding, weíve had a lot of interest already, and thatís before the shares go on sale on the 6th April, so, it looks like the SEIS shares will get snapped up quickly.

 

Any other future projects you'd like to share?

 

Hell yeh! We at Clouded Sight Pictures have got a lot going on, itís not just about Storm Warrior and Dream Finder. We are forever getting asked to collaborate with other people on projects, but in the end, it must be about projects we can be passionate about.

The first of those is Following the Trufors, where we are collaborating with our mate Tony Sabanskis [Anthony Sabanskis interview - click here] again. He is directing the film, which he also wrote the script for, and itís hilarious. Working on this project has just been great fun, and I canít wait to see the end result. We probably have a couple of days of filming left on this comedy drama, which features a very talented cast and crew, and then it will be on to post-production. Have a look at the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqp5UBU-wu4

We also have a fantasy horror series which is currently in development called Day One, which David and co-writer David Edwards have been working on for nearly a year. This project is something we are very excited about, because it has attracted a lot of attention, meaning the possibilities for this series are massive.

Have a look at the teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7PNSN8lKIc

 

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Yes! I want to personally thank everyone who has helped us through our journey so far, you all know who you are, and your support is very much appreciated, and many of the things we have achieved so far would not have been possible without you. 

Finally, please watch our film Independent Dreams and give it a review, and I promise I wonít hunt you down and stab you. J

 

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