|What are your earliest recollections of both the horror & sci-fi genre?
Most of my earliest
recollections came from watching TV as a kid in the 70's &
80's. Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and the occasional
black & White "Godzilla" or "Mothra" movies.
I know there was a fire breathing Turtle somewhere in there also.
I think my earliest memory of a Horror movie was when Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer was trapped in the cave with the huge "Abominable
Snow Man" who needed dental work.
Tell us a
bit about what influenced your decision to pursue a career in
Because it combines the power of three of my passions, music,
writing and art, into one powerful, creative force.
As an independent filmmaker, how difficult was it for you &
producer Preston Herrick to raise the money to make 'The Radio
To tell you the truth we virtually created it on next to nothing.
We were fortunate to have the help and support of local businesses
for location shots, volunteer crew members and actors who will
willing to work for the love of it. Being able to
handle all post production of the movie "in house"
was the huge lifesaver to our very small budget.
Let's talk a bit about the film itself. What were the major influences
you drew from?
|I've always liked Director
Terry Gilliam's films and the way he weaves very nostalgic
components into futuristic settings. Good examples of this would
be "Brazil" and "12 monkeys". Mood is huge
and for that I loved the way Ridley Scott directs movies
such as "Blade runner" and "Gladiator". Color
was huge to me. I really wanted to accent things with the right
colors to create the right imagery. "Dick Tracy" is
a great movie to watch to see how important color can be.
The production diary cites 'The Twilight Zone' & 'Outer Limits'
as influences. Which of those shows stands out as some of your favorite
been a long time for me since seeing some the early black and
white episodes of both series. I see now that they have
the complete seasons on DVD, which I want to pick up at
some point. The one that stands out to me the most for
some reason was "Time enough at last". It starred
Burgess Meredith and I believe it was an episode from the first
season of The Twilight Zone. I was always intrigued by the stories
from both shows just because I felt they were very imaginative
and I love short stories. They do hold a great place in my memories
of growing up. I also liked the Twilight Zone movie from 1985
and I've seen a few of the newer Outer Limits episodes also.
I'm pretty easy to entertain when it comes to stories like these.
|A lot of the story,
which deals with alternate and dominant realities & the doorways
between these realities, we at Icons found to be fascinating.
Not to mention throwing in the alien aspect to it! I know a lot
of people can relate to the idea of our dreams feelings like a
distant alternate reality. Where did a lot of these theories stem
from? Where they theories that you invented for the film?
I wrote Radio
Mechanics with a ultra small budget in mind. So I figured if
I was going to make a movie about a conversation, then that
conversation needed to be imaginative. I just literally tried
to take things that I felt were fascinating, on a number of
different subjects, and weave them together into a somewhat
feasible theory that was original in concept and that would
hold someone's attention. Literally as I was writing, things
would pop into my head that I thought would be cool for the
story, so I wrote it in. I should probably thank all of the
great sci-fi authors, philosophers, Scientists, Bigfoot Researchers,
TV shows exploiting the "unknown", UFO Magazines,
in the commentary you mentioned shooting this on the Panasonic
DVX100? What promoted video to be your choice and was it always
intended to be shot this way, rather then using film?
When I approached Preston with the story we decided on the
DVX100 from the beginning. Simply because of the budget
Warlock and the whole Unit 12 crew get involved?
Lance and I had already been collaborating on music and
it was a shoe-in that we would put music to the project. We
had known each other for years and had played together in a
band called "Mercy Rain" before forming Unit 12 Productions.
is very dialogue heavy and consists of two main characters exchanging
all of this dialogue. How difficult was the casting process?
And how many people did you see before settling on the obvious
choices, Patrick Murphey and Doug Pelton?
We knew right
away that Patrick and Doug were definitely going to be called
back for further readings. We actually paired them together
to see how they interacted together and that's what sealed it
for us. My hat is off to both actors on pulling off the lines.
With the small amount of time to shoot and the huge amount of
lines, they were incredible.
What would you consider both the most difficult thing to shoot and the
funnest thing to shoot for this production?
One of the toughest
and most enjoyable shots was the opening apartment
scene. All of that clutter you see was carted up three flights
of stairs to an empty room with no air conditioning and on one
of the hottest days of the year. On the other hand it proved
to be one of the best and my favorite of all the shots,
simply because of the creativity in setting it up and the look
that we achieved from it. I think it set the mood for the rest
of the movie.
For a short
film, the DVD itself is a really nice package full with some
great special features, such as commentary, outtakes and casting
tapes. Was it always a conscience decision to put together a
"special edition" package for when the film was ready
Yes it was. We really wanted to have record of the process for
ourselves to look back on and let the audience see how it was
all put together and to see how much fun we really had making
it. It really was a positive experience, I believe, for everyone
involved. At least I hope it was.
it, the Icons staff was intrigued by the thought of this being
an on going television series. Is there more story to this piece?
And given the chance, would you expand upon it either in movie
or television form?
We have definitely considered this as an option. The movie version
is the whole story, but I would consider expanding it into a
series of episodes if the avenue opened up for us to produce
you personally prefer - a 2 hour movie or an ongoing series?
I really love movies. I like a good series, but it always seems
like I end up missing shows because of life happening. Now I
do like on occasion renting a whole series and watching it on
DVD at my leisure, that's pretty cool. I did watch "Project
Greenlight" faithfully with Lance and Preston on the making
of "Feast". Now that was entertaining.
It's been a while since you completed production and the DVD has
been out now for a few months. Looking back, did the film turn out pretty
much as you'd always envisioned it?
did. During pre-production with Preston, and then with the associate
producers, I was able to really articulate the way I envisioned
"Radio Mechanics" right down to the colors and the
type of wardrobe for each character. The sets and locations
were perfect and everything seemed to work. Nothing in the movie
was "just there". I wanted everything you see in the
movie, right down to the black rotary phone, to be there.
is next on your slate? What can we look forward to in the future
both from you, Preston and the Unit 12 crew?
Preston and I are currently working on another screenplay for
a feature length film. Lance and I are continuing to write
and perform music and we hope to produce more movies together
as a production team along with Dennis Roberts our associate