BlessID Cover Isn't dedication a great personal attribute to possess? It makes you focused. It makes you disciplined  Plus it can make you very creative as well. Take my mate Robert for instance. Not only has he dedicated his time to develop a great graphic novel. But he has also dedicated his time to write and produce a great independent film too. Here, check out this conversation we had only the other day, whilst being dedicated by a Deacon in a church.

BlessID The Movie 1) In your own worlds, Robert, how would you describe ‘Blessid’ the movie?   Unique, unnerving, entertaining and inspirational. Here’s the premise:

'A disturbed young pregnant woman searching for the will to live meets an enigmatic immortal that has moved in next door'.

It’s a classic character study – albeit a dark one – about a two people on opposite tracks. One is suicidal and the other lives forever. The audience instinctively is curious about the 2,000+ year old dude and his many life experiences. But what the movie is REALLY about is the troubled past of the young pregnant woman (SARAH) and how her ethereal new neighbor can help her move beyond her past to have hope for the future.

BlessID The Movie
2) On the website, your movie is described as ‘Lost In Translation’ meets ‘Ordinary People’ meets ‘Disturbia’. But how would you describe your movie if it was a person of historical significance? Like a celebrity or someone.   Actually, the main character (JEDEDIAH CROSS) is a person of historical significance. In essence, he is the only person on earth who has seen all of history (from the time of Jesus Christ to today’s troubled times).

He is not a celebrity; he is more like a “Witness to Humanity.”

3) If ‘Blessid’ was a song, what song would it be and why?   It would be many songs – a compilation of death, depression and finally hope. If I had to choose one? Perhaps the song “Heart-Shaped Box” by Nirvana as Kurt Cobain allegedly said it was inspired by “children with cancer”.

BLESSID is definitely a correlation of this – the visual metaphor for the film is a goofy photo clock of Sarah and her younger sister, Tracy. It seems like a loving homage to sisterhood, but the image really serves as a constant, painful reminder of a horrible childhood incident (a “cancer” so to speak) that entraps Sarah in an unyielding state of depression and self- deprecation in her adulthood.

Robert Heske
4) What are your own aspirations for this project? Plus how did you cast your actors?   (1) Get it made. (2) Get in into film festivals. (3) Get distribution. 

I had 3 of the 4 main characters ingrained in my head while I was writing the film as they were the actors I wanted to be in another larger project that never got funded.

5) If you could assign a smell to your movie, what odor would it be, and again, why?   The smell of Fall and turning leaves.

6) What are your own origins Robert? Plus what path did you take in life to get into this movie making business?   I’m a guy who waited too long to make a film. I’ve had a few short films produced and fare well in film festivals. The most notable one is called WAITING starring Richard Schiff and Izabella Miko.

I also have published a few indie comics and graphic anthologies. And I have a vampire epic published by Studio 407 and released on July 5, 2012 called THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST. We have over 11,000 “likes” on our Facebook page. In fact, we’d appreciate a few more here (hint: click on the link provided).

So, in a nutshell, I took a circuitous route – I started writing screenplays in my 30s, then comics in my 40s, and came back to ultra low budget films today.

The Night Projectionist
7) From a literary stand-point, what’s the biggest difference between ‘Blessid’ and your graphic novel, ‘The Night Projectionist’?   THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST is a story about redemption and BLESSID is a film about forgiveness. But both are very dark journeys and character studies.

8) Did any creative conflicts arise, due to the fact that you are both the writer and producer for this film?   Nope. The fact that I am writing for it and (mostly) paying for it, enables me to tell my story the way I feel it should be told. Luckily, I found a passionate, motivated director with good instincts on the film and tremendous industry contacts to help me assemble a good team to execute on it. One example: the film is being shot on the Red Epic camera which was the same camera used for PROMETHEUS. They don’t call it the “Epic” for nothing! As a result, my small budget film will have very high production value. Add in the experience of the crew and the actors, and this is a film which feels much bigger than it is. I think people – teens, adults, seniors of all ethnicities – will enjoy it immensely.

9) If there was a message behind this movie, what would it be, and why would you want to convey it?   Forgiveness. This is not a religious film by any measure, but still it has a very spiritual message: “To live on, you must survive your past”. That’s the one lesson the immortal Jedediah teaches to Sarah. That life goes in cycles and you need to move with them or become extinct.

Wow! What a great way to sum up a film, huh? So what are you waiting for, dear readers? Check out today! Plus please remember the facebook page, the twitter stream, plus the YouTube and Idiegogo campaigns as well. Bless you.