7 questions with Film School Musical director, Talha B. & Maan B. at the half-way mark.
Sunday, April 16th, 2017
1Hey Talha & Maan! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that made you want to make this film? It was immediately after we watched "Living in Oblivion" for the third time maybe. Maan wanted to poke fun of the film school environment in an unconventional way, so making it a musical parody made it even more appealing.
The first thing we agreed on was the title Film School Musical. Then we pitched the idea to Dominique Pierce our screenwriter, she was immediately sold and wrote us a draft in a week even though she was in Minnesota working at the time.
2Musicals are a genre rarely done anymore. What are your thoughts on musicals? Why do you enjoy them and why did you want to make one? We started researching the genre and it's roots but we focused more on the last 15 years and found out how rare it was for movies to break into song without looking ridiculous. So instead of pulling away we decided to embrace that and the screenplay made total sense to us so we said to ourselves this is something we may only get one chance to do so we better make the most out of it.
3You two co-directed this film. How did you two meet, why did you choose to work together and how did you divvy up the responsibilities? We're siblings so we just skipped the meeting part and went straight to business. We're the only two people we knew who were mad enough to attempt this. Maan had double duty as the lead actor and co-director. My focus was not to make him look ridiculous. It was a challenge but we worked it out fine i think.
4This film does a great job at showing some of the many problems that happen on set. How many of these horror stories come from personal experience? Good question! The sound guy problem has definitely happened. The actor yelling at the makeup artist happened as well. Other ones were a mixture of gossip and fiction.
5What was the most difficult part of making this film and how did you problems solve around it? It was an enormous collaborative process and our producer Carolina Sandoval made sure everything went as planned. It was all a challenge to do but thankfully we had a month and a half of pre-production and we divided roles in a way so everyone would be involved with doing there part if a problem hits. We can't deny the element of luck as well. Believe it or not luck was on our side for some reason.
6What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? Talha: Jumanji (1995)
Maan: Dumb & Dumber (1994)
7What's next? A micro budget feature film we're in the process of writing it right now with a friend of ours. We shoot this summer hopefully.
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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