5 questions with Hindsight director, Michael Davis at the half-way mark.
Friday, August 25th, 2017
1Hi Michael! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that made you want to make Hindsight? Hello! Our team is very excited to be in your festival. Hindsight began with an idea I had for a short film. I wanted to create a story about a fight, in reverse.
2The film was written by and stars Meganne Kocher. How did you find her script, what did you think when you first read it and what was it like working together? Meganne is great to work with. She is incredibly talented, and I've known her for a while now. We work together on The Grimoire Chapters web series. As we were beginning pre-production on the third season, we talked about this idea I had for a short film. She contributed her ideas and started working on a draft of the script. When I read it, I was blown away by its emotional complexity, and excited to work on something so different.
3This entire film is played out in reverse. What do you like about this technique and what do you think it does to the viewer? I like how this technique can create a story with several layers that are peeled back as it progresses. I think/hope it creates a surprising ride for the audience as they try and put the pieces together. I also like how it's an interactive experience for the audience as they work out what happens and decide how they feel about it. It's a story that makes you think carefully before you can definitively pick a side.
4Were there any challenges to shooting if you know it's going to be placed in reverse? Did you have to block and frame things differently to compensate or did you just shoot it like you would normally? There are a lot of surprising challenges when you know beforehand that everything will play out in reverse. Meganne kept these challenges in mind while writing the script. Essentially the fight had to be logical and have a flow going forwards, but at the same time had to create a story with hidden twists in reverse.
An example would be the beer bottle scene. We knew a bottle was going to be smashed and we knew we had to work that stunt into the end of the fight, which is really the beginning so that at the start of the film people question if Ronnie Daily's character is drunk. Then, as the movie progresses, you find out what happened. The shooting was more or less an average shoot, as far as framing, but story and editing were more complex.
5What's next? Our team is currently working on Season 3 of our anthology horror series The Grimoire Chapters (TGC). This season is subtitled REM. TGC explores the dark nature of world history. Each season showcases a different story with the various characters in a shared universe. REM is focused on nightmares and sleep disorders. It's our first full period season with two timelines connecting events from 1968 and 1988. REM should be coming out by the end of the year. We are also working on other films, including a sequel to Hindsight.
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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