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An Interview with Joe Clarke, Director of The Formula and The Wedge

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2013

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We have talked about your new movie The Formula at quite some length before [click here], but do bring us up to speed: What is it about?


The Formula is about a couple of young guys learning about the opposite sex. We wanted to keep it (no pun intended) formulaic, but also twist the genre staples to differentiate it from the thousands of other romantic comedies. It was our first film to have some really cool 'names' in it, like Brandon Baker, Sasha Jackson, and Reginald VelJohnson. We had a blast making it, and I think it's a blast to watch it.


The Formula is a bit of a breakaway, genre-wise, from your previous, more action-oriented movies Kung Fu Graffiti and The Wedge - how come?


I think we all wanted to try, and see, something different. It was kind of a perfect storm of having the right pieces in place for this sort of project. And I think with the cast and crew, from top to bottom, it was the best collaboration we've done thus far.


Of all the main characters in The Formula, who can you identify with the most?


I think subconsciously I probably wrote a lot of the characters as extensions of friends and people I know. I think most of the characters have relatable traits, which always helps to connect with them.


If you had "the formula" at your disposal for 24 hours - would you use it, and where would this probably end?


I would fly to wherever Blake Lively is, and marry her that night in Vegas. But that airline ticket might be out of my price range. So I guess I'd just take a flight attendant out to eat in the airport food court.


How would you describe The Formula's brand of humour, and what can you tell us about your personal sense of humour?


It takes a step back from the dramatics and angst of an early-mid 20's relationship and says, "This stuff is actually funny if you think about it." The humor is all over the place, but in a good way. We like to move quickly from one joke to the next, so that if something isn't funny or doesn't work, we're quickly onto the next thing.


You of course also have to talk about another fairly new film of yours, The Wedge - in a few words, what's that one about?


The Wedge is the film we made before The Formula. It's a comedy about a pizza guy who gets mixed up in a casino heist.


Why a pizza guy - and maybe related to that, are there any any autobiographical traits to be found in your lead character Flint?


It was originally a valet who witnesses a murder and goes on the run. I used to be a valet at a casino in my hometown, and Die Hard was one of my favorite movies growing up, so I figured it'd be a lot of fun to combine the two. Through some unfortunate events, the casino at which we were going to film at fell through, and we had to cancel the first weekend of shooting and rewrite the script that week. It was a pretty crazy week, with all of us running trying to salvage the movie. For a while I didn't think it was going to get made, so just being able to finish it was an experience.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing The Wedge?


Women. As usual.


How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?


The goal is to make it as collaborative as possible, while still maintaining the overall vision and themes of the specific movie. It's nice to have a continuation of certain cast and crew, while also working in new talent. That way you keep it both consistent and fresh.


The Wedge contains quite a few elaborate action sequences. How much fun/what kind of a challenge was it to film those on a rather low budget?


Low budget means you're forced to get creative with different problems that arise, so that's always an adventure.


What can you tell us about your cast, and why exactly these people?


The cast and crew of our movies are a combination of friends, family, professional actors, first-time actors, and everything in-between. They all come from different wakes of life, and that's what contributes to the charm.


A few words about the shoot as such and the on-screen atmosphere?


I'd like to think that everyone is having a good time, no matter what role they play in the production. The goal is to have everyone enjoying their job. That usually translates to the screen.


Any idea when and where The Wedge and The Formula will be released onto the general public?


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You can pre-order The Formula and The Wedge on one DVD or Blu-ray at It comes out September 4th through the website, but you can reserve your copy anytime until  then.


In terms of genre and story, your three features Kung Fu Graffiti, The Formula and The Wedge seem to be pretty much all over the place - why is that, where do you see the similarities between these three films, and which genre do you enjoy most, from a director's point of view?


We like dipping into different genres everytime. It's fun to shake things up.


Any future projects you'd like to talk about?


I'm working on some new scripts, but they're too early in development to really delve into any details. 


Your/your movies'/your company's website, Facebook, whatever else?


You can pre-order The Formula and The Wedge  on one DVD or Blu Ray at! Or check out my other site at


Thanks for the interview!


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