6 questions with Allergic to Flowers director, Taichi Erskine at the half-way mark.
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
1Hi Taichi! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make Allergic To Flowers? My good friend Daniel Sukara had an idea for a feature and I thought it might be fun to condense it into a short, and to see if we could secure funding for it as a feature or web series.
2The script was written by Daniel Sukara. How did you come across Daniel's script and what was it about it that made you want to direct it? Dan and I have been friends since high school and have collaborated on numerous projects. I really loved the dialogue between the two leads and knew with the right actors we could deliver a fun experience for the audience. I also thought the concept of out-of-work millenials trying to get their act together after college would resonate with our target viewers.
3The two leads (Sophie Simpson & Nick Clark) do a great job and have wonderful chemistry together. How did you find them and what was it like working together? I've worked with both Nick and Sophie before, they have a natural chemistry that I knew would come across on-screen. Working with them was both fun and easy.
4What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? The Usual Suspects.
5What was your biggest challenge making this film and how did get through it? Probably the biggest challenge was filming the scenes in the van. We didn't have a permit and had to drive around Pasadena with a car mount attached. I think it was most challenging for Nick as he had to act while driving.
6What's next? DeSoto Picture Company has a slew of feature films as well as music videos in the works. Only time will tell!
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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