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.
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.
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.
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.