5 questions with DOG*WALK director, Kristin Peterson at the half-way mark.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
1Hi Kristin! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make this film? It came from two inklings of ideas. The first was I wanted to make a film that was an exaggeration of a memory of mine, and I thought it'd be funny to juxtapose sweet, little girls with punk music.
2They say to never put animals or kids in your film because it makes a shoot infinitely harder. You decided to add both! What was the biggest challenge for you and what's your advice on working with kids and dogs? During production so many things went awry, but we just took everything in stride. The best thing to do when working with kids and dogs is to be willing to ditch the script, whether it be a part of it or the entire thing. You spend all this time writing and rewriting the script... and then your willingness to ditch it will allow you to rewrite yet another time while shooting. We also had a wonderful editor who rewrote the script again with his cuts. Also, ham. Always have ham on set where there are dogs.
3You co-wrote the script with Jon Phillips. What was the process of working together like and why did you want to write it with Jon? One day I said aloud to Jon, "why can't I direct a film?" and he agreed. So we sat down at a cafe and he listened to me jabber until something clicked. In just 20 - 30 minutes, we developed the idea into a full narrative with the goal of keeping it under 3 minutes, then he went home and typed it into Celtx, and we started on pre-production immediately. I believe we shot not 3 or 4 weeks after Jon and I finished the script.
4What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? This is the hardest question to answer. I grew up in a small town thinking that only people in Hollywood made films. It never occured to me that it was possible for me to make one. But I consumed films as if they were sustenance. My answer would be two films. The film that dazzled me so entirely for the first time was "What Dreams May Come", but the film that made me think to myself, "I want to make something like this" was "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
5What's next? For myself, I am in post production for one last short film called "The Feathermoon." I am also developing two feature film scripts that may take another year or so to get just right. (There are no dogs and children in these scripts.) For "DOG*WALK"s crew, everyone is still very actively making independent films. Milwaukee is one of those true hidden gems, making and developing ever-interesting independent work and I love getting to grow and learn in this community.
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 which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
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