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2015, 75m, adventure, comedy, crime
Formosa Boulevard is an indie dark comedy set on the exotic island of Taiwan. “Otis” (Andy Gorley), an unapologetic, alcoholic, freeloading Expat has stolen money from the mob. “Danny”(Mark Nielsen) a "try hard", who never thinks for himself, snaps on his wedding day and takes off to Taiwan. Their paths cross and Otis takes Danny under his wing, but the mob catches up with them and Danny will find out the true cost of knowing Otis.
Produced by: Scott Weatherall, David Barker, Jesse Smith
Cast: Andy Gourley, Mark Nielsen, Titan Huang, Michael Huang
10 questions with Formosa Boulevard director, Scott Weatherall at the half-way mark.
Saturday, August 6th, 2016
1Hi Scott! Thanks for being a part of our 2016 Summer Festival. First, what was the initial seed that made you want to make Formosa Boulevard? I have always wanted to be a filmmaker. It took me 29 years to realize all I had to do to be one was make one. That's how Formosa came to be. I wrote a film that I could make with the resources I had and without very much financial help.
2I lived in Taiwan for 3 years and I absolutely loved it out there. How long did you live out there and what are your thoughts on Taiwan? I lived on the island of Taiwan for seven years. It never seemed that long, it was neverland. I will always speak highly of the country and it's people. Their society aloud me the freedom to focus on my true passions in life.
3You wrote this film as well. What was your writing process like, how long did it take, and what was your biggest challenge writing it? As I mentioned before, I wrote this film so I could get it made. I knew the locations I could get. I wrote Otis for Andy Gourley who I had been good friends with for years. It started as a two minute short film and blossomed into 70 pages in just under a month.
4The lead in this film is a wild man named Otis (played by Andy Gorley). How difficult was it to find the right actor to play Otis and how did you meet Andy? No one other than myself was ever up for the role. Once I decided that I wanted to focus on Producing and Directing for this movie, there was no question in my mind who should play Otis. We had been friends for many years. We bowled together, I produced a couple movies for his football team, and he was a guest on my talk show. I never really had a friend like him before, he's one of a kind, a lot like Otis. I knew he had acted in high school and college, and I knew he was always up for a challenge. He worked hard, and I'm very proud of the performance he pulled off. BTS fun fact, all those beers he drank were real, but it never slowed him down, true legend.
5I would love to see Otis and Lebowski hang out for a drink or two. What made you decide to have a lead character in a movie who is a complete mess? Otis and Danny are the two sides of me. It's liberating to just not care what people think, to take what you want, and not apologies for how you live. I wish I could do that some days. In life it's better to be balanced, but in the movies the opposite is true. I am a huge fan of the Dude, Homer Simpson, and Kramer I think they all their voices were in my head when I was writing Otis' dialogue . Also, if you're going to have a main character drive the movie, he better be interesting to watch.
6What's your biggest passion outside of filmmaking? Learning and understanding life, so I can try and be a better human being.
7Who has had the biggest influence on the way you make films? Spielberg. Tarantino. Anderson.
8Were the entire cast/crew people you all met in Taiwan or did people fly over to work on the film? Most of the people I met while living in Taiwan, but Danny, played by Mark Nielsen flew over from Toronto, Canada. My AD and Colorist Luke Cameron flew from Australia where he was studying film at the time. And one of my best friends who did the Make-Up, Ashley Irwin flew in from Vancouver where she had been working.
9What was the biggest challenge you had making a film in Taiwan? Making a film is a big challenge from start to finish, it's never easy, but that's what I love about it. Taiwan, on the other hand, never gave me any challenge, it only gave me opportunities and without it the film would have never been made. I look forward to going back to make many more movie in the future.
10What's next? I learned so much from Formosa Boulevard, about filmmaking and myself. The biggest is that I want to make movies for the rest of my life. I've moved back to Canada to get back in touch with my roots and write. This year, I'm trying to write a first draft for three movies I want to make, with the hopes that in a year I will be able to lay them all down and pick one that I want to take the journey with again.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time. The film is about the evolution of a couple's relationship, and was shot in three different countries over the course of a decade.
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