5 questions with Here and Now director, Adam Rosenberg at the half-way mark.
Friday, August 18th, 2017
1Hi Adam! Thanks for being part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make this film? Hello! Here and Now is actually the third film of a trilogy called Psychic Pstories, which was created by myself and Jason Gudasz. The two of us decided to make a few comedic short films that had a similar theme, and we landed on psychics for a number of reasons, one of which was that we could shoot a video about telepathists really easy since we could do all the dialog in post.
2I loved how you really dove into how horrible looking into the future could be. How did you come to realize this? Is this something you discovered while writing or did that idea inspire you to make the film? I was thinking about what it would be like to be a psychic who tries to live a normal life. He would have access to a lot of information that he couldn’t act on and would have to ignore. Nearly everything he’d do or say would be a lie. Once I made that realization, I thought how amazing it would be to lose that power; to truly be present for the first time in your life.
3You really needed to have a cast that understood your tone to pull off something like Psychic Steve explaining the moral of the story at the end. How did you find your wonderful cast and what did you do to help everyone understand the tone you were going for? The cast truly was fantastic to work with, and made my job as director way easier. I had worked with Nate Gust (Walter) on a couple different projects. So I knew he was perfect for the role. Kyra (Melanie) we found at a casting call, and I’m soooooo glad we did. Scoop (Psychic Steve) is a well known guy in the local Denver film scene. I wanted his character to have a news anchor cadence, and Scoop is an actual anchor for Denver Open Media so he was a perfect as well.
As for tone, I told the cast that the film is a comedy, but they should not act comedically.
4If you could have one superpower, what would you pick? I’d have to go with good ol’ flight. Flying is fun!
5What's next? Music videos have been the thing lately. I’ve directed/edited 4 (2 comedic, 2 dramatic) in the past year. The one I’m most excited about is Canopy by the band Night Idea, which we shot in a ghost town. It was a 3 day shoot with no running water or electricity and the one in-tact building was our set. So our team of 16 people had to sleep in tents (intense!). Also the band, song, concept, cast, crew, and production were all awesome, so I am very excited about the whole thing.
Check out Night Idea on the link below if you're into dark/beautiful/complex/indie/instrument-heavy rock , and look out for their music video in October.
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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