Your upcoming movie Pacific Angels - in a few words, what's
Pacific Angels is about a film student living in an apartment in
the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with his roommate and
high school friend. He’s working on a group project which is causing him
some stress, but the film mostly follows him as he becomes interested in
conspiracy theory vloggers, as well as a certain group of people who
claimed to be abducted by aliens at a local beach. This kind of is where
the story starts, and it goes off in many tangents.
Your movies are often of the
"slice of life"-variety - is this also the case with Pacific
Angels? And to what degree do you see yourself in the lead character
(or any other of the movie's characters for that matter)?
been getting interesting reviews as of late. A lot of them don’t seem to
want to call my work “slice of life” much nowadays. Pacific Angels
is a personal film, but not necessarily one I based any of the characters
off of. In fact, I haven’t based characters off of myself since about
2015. A lot of my work is very detached from me now. It’s more of an
emotional, symbolic way of being personal as opposed to being
journalistic. I’m actually way more interested in a more ambitious way
of telling stories now. A lot of changes in how I perceive art, whether my
own or elsewhere
sources of inspiration when dreaming up Pacific Angels?
actually. Quite a few shots were things I’d dreamed up, after actively
pondering the story over and over. The storyline went through many changes
over a nine month period. It started off a lot more barebones and
restrained, but through the process of rewriting and just patiently
channeling a lot of influences (Edith Wharton’s novel Ethan Frome
was a major one) and coming up with these visual ideas, and ways of
structuring a story and such.
can you tell us about your movie's intended look and feel?
Off. Discomforting. Anxious. Uncertain. Terrified. What it’s like being
a millennial American in 2018.
Pacific Angels stars Canadian teen filmmaker
Ryan Jamison [Ryan Jamison interview
- click here] - why him, and how did the two of you first meet
We met on a film message board, and we’d long
shared and developed our own work over time. I was - and currently still
am - obsessed with his short film Facade.
We’d always talked about collaborating, and the opportunity finally
presented itself, and so Pacific Angels kind of just… formed,
from me watching Jamison’s performances in his own work, and being
influenced a bit by Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love. What I mean
by that is Ryan’s character kind of goes through this increasing rage
that just builds over the film in the way its laid out. I could tell by
how he played mundanity in David
on the Phone that he’d really add a lot to my style. He’s got
a gift for characterization, and is talented with dialogue.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
at the moment. I’m actually growing comfortable with the idea of only
doing one film a year now.
Since we've last talked [click
here], you have made quite a few movies - want to talk about any
of those? And how do you think you've grown as a filmmaker?
relatively pleased with all of my work since Warwick,
so I honestly don’t have a whole lot to say, although a lot of them were
exploratory and eventually led into conceptualizing Pacific Angels
in the manner we attempted.
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
currently, I appreciate the time, as always - and the support!
for the interview!