PRODUCTION INTERVIEWS - "3 DAYS... 3 HOURS... 3 MINUTES... 3 SECONDS"
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Film Title: 3 DAYS... 3 HOURS... 3 MINUTES... 3 SECONDS... Plus...The behind the scenes documentary about the making of, 3 days... 3 hours... 3 minutes... 3 seconds...
Running Time: 72 minutes
Format: Shot on 16mm posted on Beta SP
Summary: The story of three individuals living life on the fringe. Lex and Randy are prostitutes and drug addicts. When Randy accidentally kills someone, he's forced to make a critical decision on whether to stay and deal with the police and his girlfriend Lex or run away and start a new life with his best friend, Leslie - The only person who sees the good in Randy.
Crew: M. David Lee III (Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Publicist), Chip Holley(DP), Wendy ML Collins(Co-Producer), Michael Spencer(Sound Design, Telecine Colorist),
Cast: Michael Kinsella, Renee Smith, Amy Watt, Doug Sept
Company: Triple Sticks Productions (1-900)
Q: How did you come up with the idea for your movie?
A: The idea for the movie came from a conversation between myself and another filmmaker, Ken Portwood, on what was the shortest amount of time we thought we could make a feature film in.
Q: Tell us about the production-what format did you shoot on and why?
A: The whole idea for the film was to do it in a 3 day period, which we did for the most part. We had about two extra shoots for second unit work, but for the most part this film was done in 3 days. We shot on 16mm because the DP had a camera of his own and he wanted to shoot some 16mm film. He also chipped in some money to help for it.
Q: What was the budget and how long did it take you to make the movie?
A: Well the budget depends on who I'm talking with and whether or not we are factoring deferred salaries and things like that. Generally when I talk about it, we got the film done for under $5,000.00. As for how long it took? Well that too depends, from the time we started our first production meeting to the day I screened it for the cast and crew, just under two years.
Q: Tell us about the main actors...
A: I was very fortunate to have an outstanding cast. The four main leads were amazing. Michael Kinsella plays the title role of "Randy" a male prostitute. Renee Smith, plays "Lex", his drugged out girlfriend. Amy Watt plays the role of, "Leslie" the only person in the film who sees something good inside of Randy. And then Doug Sept plays, "Terrance" a kind of drug dealer with a heart. These actors did their homework and were outstanding. Also let me not forget a great supporting role of "Annabelle" Leslie's roommate, played by Claire Battersby.
Q: Anything really crazy happen well shooting it? Any funny stories?
A: Of course! Any time you put a group of creative people together you're going to get some funny stuff happening. I guess some of the stuff I can actually tell you about happened while we were shooting. We had one location, Cafe Leviticus, a real coffee house here in San Jose that we were shooting in while it was actually open. There was a scene between Randy and another character who was also a male prostitute where he was describing a "trick" he just came from. All of the older people in the shop were so embarrassed at what they were talking about, because there was some very descriptive sexual dialogue there!
Q: What were you trying to convey with the movie - was it a message movie, pure entertainment, what? What influenced you to make such a movie? What was your intention - to make money, to make a critical appealing movie, to make a fringe movie, etc.?
A: Well we were trying to take a look at what happens to three people who are on the fringe of society trying to make it. We wanted to show that these people are very much the norm in society and that more people are a paycheck away from this lifestyle then we really know. I also wanted to push the boundaries of filmmaking and challenge myself. I allowed the actors to come up with most of their own dialogue through rehearsals, something I've never done before. We put the cast and crew in a couple of tiny apartments and shot an entire feature in 3 days, so just like the characters in the story we went through real time with their lives. Finally, I made the movie because it's what I do, it's what I love. To be a filmmaker you have to make films...bottom line!
Q: Tell us about your favorite filmmaker - which one or ones inspired you the most? How did these filmmakers affect this movie and the other ones you may have made?
A: There are several, but I will try to keep it short here. The first, any filmmaker who gets their film made. I have so much r espect for anyone doing this that they instantly become my favorite. But in terms of influence, (Not in any particular order) Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Singleton, Robert Rodiguez, Kevin Smith and Rose Troche.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: To be invited to direct an episode of, "Star Wars"
Q: What's lined up next for you?
A: Well that depends on financing. I am constantly writing, I have at least 5 different features ready to go. If I can raise the money the film with the inside track right now is called MY LAW/YOUR ORDER - it deals with a man who was raped as a child by a "friend" of the family and how he takes justice into his own hands some years later. But if I can't raise enough money for that, I have two other projects, one an erotic thriller, the other an action film - and both can be made for modest budgets.
Q: Any advise for hopeful young filmmakers?
A: Yes! Make the damn thing! Don't go around talking about it all the time. It's great to write, it's great to dream, but until you actually get experience doing it, it doesn't really count. Everyone would love to have the budget for TITANIC to make a film, but that may not happen - so get your film made or a film made for whatever budget you can come up with. It can be on video, Super 8mm, 16mm anything, just get it made. Also, feed your cast and crew well while their working. You may not have money to pay them, but put food in their bellies and you will always get good work out of them.