Rudolph lives alone in a secret cavern beneath a carrot farm. He dreams of befriending the family above him, and occasionally comes out of hiding to watch the farmer’s son, Billy, playing in the fields. He does his best to stay out of sight, but his severe asthma forces him to steal inhalers from Billy’s bedroom. Mysterious sightings on the farm increasingly put Marty, the farmer, and Billy on edge. Their suspicion is justified when Marty accidentally discovers Rudolph’s cavern in a freak crash involving a tractor. Rudolph must face the fact that his time with the family might be up.
6 questions with Marty's Sunshine Farms writer & producer, Nasser Akkari at the half-way mark.
Friday, April 28th, 2017
1Hey Nasser! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what inspired you to write Marty's Sunshine Farms? Marty's Sunshine Farms was the result of a lot of sleep deprivation and a deadline for a screenwriting course. It wasn't until the day after I wrote it that I realized what I had written. The people in the class seemed to like it so I held on to it for a few years until I finally found someone who was willing to go in on making it with me.
2You produced this short and you also wrote it. What was your writing process like and what was your biggest challenge writing it? For this project, the script led the way. I wrote the script a while back and when it came time to finally deciding to make it, we went back and polished it up. One of the biggest challenges though was probably having to cut lines of dialogue that I liked but ultimately did not move the story forward. I honestly think it made the process easier being both the writer and producer because I had a good overview of everything that was involved in the project. It made making a lot of decisions quicker and easier.
3Sebastien Nuta directed this film and you are the writer/producer. What was it about Sebastien's directing style that made you want to work with him? Sebastien and I had collaborated a lot before the film. Above everything else we are really just good friends and I know how hard he works and I enjoy working with him. He has a great attitude and a fantastic eye.
4What was your biggest challenge producing this film and what's it like seeing another director bring your vision to life? The biggest challenge was definitely the budget. I knew it was going to be tough to pull off the film with the amount of money we had, but we made it work. I loved every second of it. Sebastien and I had discussed so much in pre-production that when it came time to the actual shoot everything was smooth and honestly just pure fun. We had an amazing crew mostly comprised of good friends, which made the shoot that much better. I trusted Sebastien completely with the directing aspect because I knew that during the shoot there would be so much going on that I wouldn't even have time to think about the other elements.
5You also shot this film and have a lot of credits working on the camera side of the movies. What made you want to switch gears and try writing and producing? Being on the lighting team has a lot of ups and downs. Unfortunately I was starting to feel a lot of those downs more often than I was feeling the ups. I figured it couldn't hurt to try something new and it turned out to be a great experience.
6What's next? Sebastien and I are collaborating on some exciting new projects. Stay tuned!
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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