Wild Girl Waltz Cast Believe it or not, a good friend of mine once made an entire film with a packet of matchsticks, a can a lube, plus a Norwegian monkey. Granted. It wasn't the best film I ever saw. But I can tell you something for nothing, it did remind me of this amazing independent masterpiece created by my other pal, Mark, who I spoke to only the other day, whilst lubing up a Dutch Monkey with a match.

Antique Video Camera 1) What are your own origins, Mark? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to were you are today?   Growing up, my best friend's father opened up the first video store in our small town. Thankfully, that gave us access to video cameras that a lot of people our age didn't have, and we used them to create cheesy slasher movies in the surrounding woods, splashing around as much red corn syrup (blood) as we could.

After that, our budgets got bigger, the actors got better, and the content evolved. But the approach and work style remained the same: Don't over think it, and don't buy into the mythology of needing an army to make a film. 

2) What inspired you develop ‘Wild Girl Waltz’?   Basically, I had a very small amount of money, and I knew I was going to be doing just about every job myself (writing, directing, producing, editing). So, it was a matter of doing something small and actor-driven that could be shot in a small number of days. And the challenge was finding a story that I cared about that could be made under those conditions. 

Wild Girl Waltz Cast
3) In your own words how would you describe this film?   Two girls take some "goofy pills" to escape the boredom of their small town existence. One of their boyfriends is stuck babysitting them until they come down from their righteous high. Comedic mayhem ensues.

4) Out of all the surprises that came your way during production, what do you think you learnt from the most?   I'm definitely glad I gave myself as much time as I did for casting. If any of the performances had been off, the whole project would have been sunk. I lucked out with the actors I got, who did great work under hard circumstances. Also, the importance of energy drinks.

5) If your movie omitted a smell, what odour would it be and why?   A combination of the summer fresh air, the sweet perfume of two beautiful women, and the desperate sweat of a frustrated filmmaker wafting in from behind the camera.

John Wayne Caricature
6) If you could get a known celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your flick, who would you chose, and why would you want this particular person?   For some strange reason, I'm picturing John Wayne, in full cowboy regalia, watching the movie, then turning around with a big smile on his face and giving two thumbs up. Why? Someone that stoic and humorless needs a dopey stoner comedy. In fact, the whole world needs a dopey stoner comedy.

7) What were the main obstacles you had to contend with?   The story takes place over the course of a summer afternoon, and it's mostly exteriors. So, weather was the big one. We got pretty lucky. Only one day was overcast, and one morning we had rain that we worked around. But the threat of things getting rained out and / or not matching was always there. Stupid rain. Rain sucks.

8) Do you have any other projects on the horizon?   I have four different scripts at varying budget levels that I'd like to make. Which one goes next, depends on how well "Wild Girl Waltz" goes.

Wild Girl Waltz Mark
9) If ‘WGW’ had a motto, what do you think it would be?   "Sometimes the boring afternoons, where you're driving around with the right person and the right song comes on the radio are the ones you remember the most fondly".

So there you have it, dear reader. My mate Mark and his great indie film, 'Wild Girl Waltz'. When you have the time please check it out. Cause I'm sure it'll be one hell of a roller coaster ride.