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An Interview with Matthew A. Peters, Director of The Man with No Pants

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2021

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Your new movie The Man With No Pants - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Colt Cory is the Man With No Pants, a wanted outlaw who is out for revenge against his old partner The Shogun. Colt is forced to compete in a fighting tournament where if he wins will get his chance at revenge.

 

With a title like The Man With No Pants I just have to ask: What came first, the title or the story?

 

The title definitely came first, the lead actor Ryan Santiago and myself had a running joke behind the scenes on the last few films we worked on about the annoyance of wearing pants. In the previously filmed Barely Coping, Ryan was in a panda suit the whole film, so we decided in this one to have him go pantless and we built the story around that.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing The Man With No Pants?

 

The Man With No Pants drew inspiration from lot of different things, from films like Enter The Dragon, The Last Dragon, The Quick and the Dead, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, to different video games like Street Fighter, Red Steel 2, Tekken, and then finally mix in a bunch of anime.

 

Do talk about your co-writer Joe Cappelli for a bit, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Working with Joe Cappelli, is always a good time, he is always a great source for comic inspiration, and we had a blast coming up with different ideas and situations we can put Ryan Santiago through - writing the tentical sex scene brought many chuckles. Joe has a gift when it comes to coming up with character names as well as some wild ideas.

 

The Man With No Pants is a pretty wild genre mix - so was the genre blender a conscious decision from the get-go or did it just sneak in while writing?

 

I personally have always been a fan of mixing up different genres of film, and from the get-go we wanted to give this a wild feeling as if you were playing a fighting game from the 90s with all the different characters. Seeing our two leads would have a different feel, one with a western and the other with Asian influence felt like it would be a great mix. Throw in some anime troupes and give it a sci-fi setting - I think it leads to an interesting mix.

 

Do talk about The Man With No Pants' action scenes for a bit, and how were they achieved?

 

The action scenes were a collaboration with myself and the lead actors Ryan Santiago and Stephaine Ward, we worked together with the other actors to help craft each scene, due to our tight film schedule the majority of it was achieved on set. In between takes Ryan would take the cast aside and go over and practice all the moves in scene. After a bunch of takes we would get it down, all the actors gave so much physically to their performances, I was extremely grateful and impressed.

 

A few words about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

My approach to any film project I take on is to make it as fun, as entertaining as possible, and lot of that starts on the set. I like to create an environment where everyone is excited to be there and happy to give it their all in making the movie, because that shows on the end product. I wanted to create a film that is enjoyable from start to finish and keep it fast paced and hard hitting.

 

Do talk about The Man With No Pants's key cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Ryan Santiago, who plays our anti hero Colt Cory, The Man With No Pants: Ryan is a tremendous talent in front of the camera who knows how to command a scene. His presence and timing are top notch but he is also a valuable asset behind the scenes. Behind the scenes he is a true leader with the rest of the cast, working with them on scenes, choreography, and leading by example. He is a perfect choice and the type of person you want to lead your films.

 

Stephaine Ward is just a straight up badass, and quite possible one of the toughest females I know. She is very gifted at stage combat, and her comedic timing is spot-on, which is what we wanted for female lead Trinix Spade. We wanted someone who can juggle the physical with the comedic, and she brings it 100 fold.

 

Joe Cappelli, who plays the Shogun, took a little bit of convincing to get him to play that role. He had doubts, but knowing Joe from our previous work and being one of his biggest supporters, I knew he had it in him. He is a gifted actor that can transform himself to fit any role needed, and makes a great loveable bad guy.

 

Berndele March who plays Master Manchu is probably the most naturally gifted actor I have ever had the chance to work with. Rather he is doing Shakespeare or doing something comedic, his natural talents shine and he steals every scene he is in. Berndele brings a lot of great improv to the scenes and is always changing it up and keeping everyone on their toes to bring the best out of the scene.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

We had a lot of fun making this film, the onset atmosphere was lots of laughs, jokes and wonderful support that everyone gave to each other. Our little film community came together in such a positive way to help each other out in making this film.

 

The $64-question of course, where can The Man With No Pants be seen?

 

The Man With No Pants can be rented or downloaded here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/themanwithnopants

Or you can take home a Blu-ray from here: https://kunaki.com/mSales.asp?PublisherId=158878

And as always our webpage: www.madangelfilms.com

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The Man With No Pants?

 

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From what we have seen so far it has been positive, people seem to get what we're going for and had fun watching it, which is something we always strive to achieve with all our films.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Coming out on March 27th is our next film Radiant Dark, which is a fantasy adventure film about a group of unlike heros who set out on a quest to save the world from the darkness that threatens it.

 

Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?

 

Check out our website www.madangelfilms.com, all our movies are listed up on there and able to be streamed or downloaded, and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/madangelfilms

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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