THE WOMAN comes to New York City to confront the father of her unborn child. It seems the father fled to NYC for work, even though it was probably to escape the burden of a child. Through a phone call, The Woman agrees to meet the father in a few days.
The Woman, retreats to the apartment of an out-of-town friend. We learn that because the father is away, this gives The Woman a few days to get her thoughts straight. To figure out if this is all worth it or not.
She goes on a personal journey through the city to not only find herself, but find any possible solution to her problem.
The 3-week run for Consume ended on Jun 25th, 2017. Thank you to all the fans that supported it!
5 questions with Consume director, Bryan Starr at the half-way mark.
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
1Hey Bryan! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First what was the initial seed that made you want to make this film? It had been a while since I last made an original narrative short. My wife and I spontaneously took a trip to NYC and I thought to myself, "You're going to one of the most captured cities in the nation, you should make a movie!" So I looked at is as a challenge. I had one actress who was also pregnant, one camera with one lens and a camera strap, and we still wanted to enjoy our trip and not take up our time making a movie. From those restraints, I wrote a story.
2You wrote the script as well. How important is the screenplay in your opinion? I can't say it enough. The script is the most important part of any movie. Without a solid story, you do not have a solid film. The ironic thing is I didn't know how my movie ended. I had an idea, and I had the final shot in my head of her walking away, but I didn't know how it was all going to come together. The shoot was basically us going to places we wanted to go to and I would capture footage as we walked and toured. For instance, the carousel wasn't planned at all, but it turned into some of my favorite shots. I knew heading into the city that this movie was going to be written in the editing room. Even though I was able to create something pretty great, I would never recommend going about a film that way.
3What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? "Unbreakable"! I have been an M. Night fan from the beginning. Even through the dark days, I always had his back because he's brilliant. The twist at the end of Unbreakable slapped me in the face and I still remember a 12 year old me just staring at the screen, mouth agape, and saying to myself, "I want to make smart movies with incredible twists!"
I would also say that "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" pointed me in the right direction in that movies could be weird and surreal with a sense of fantasy. Of course this was before being introduced to French New Wave.
4Can you share a war story from the shoot? We were in New York City...in February. IT WAS SO COLD! My poor wife about froze. Especially in Central Park, which as you can see was a day with full sun coverage, but it was somehow colder than any other day. Luckily it was the week before they were hit my Snowmageddon.
5What's next? I'm working on a loose trilogy of films that all take place in the woods or feature the woods in a powerful way. I'm intrigued by how mysterious and dark the forest is. The fact that we're not really sure what's in there at any given time freaks me out. Definitely harnessing that fear with these films.
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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