The second part of LBFCo’s Interview with Adam Spinks and the crew from SURVIVORS
The following interview has been drawn from a set responses to questions presented to Adam Spinks and members of the crew from the film SURVIVORS by LBFCo.
What is you and your teams vision for the film beyond post?
Our intention is to complete SURVIVORS over the winter of 2012-2013 and then hold an Advanced Screening Premiere for all of our backers, friends, family and industry insiders. We will likely release some tickets for sale to raise money for festival submissions.
Many festivals require the film to be of Premiere Status, so we will not hold public screenings until after it’s festival run. It is our hope that the film will get picked up for a distribution deal during the course of its festival run and shown in cinemas in the UK.
Can you tell us how you will measure the success of the film or benchmarks set by you and the team for the project?
Our measure of success will be having our film released and for people to have the opportunity to see our story. SURVIVORS purpose is twofold, to provide a platform for undiscovered talent working in the independent community while telling a unique story with a genuine message.
As our budget is small, there is less pressure so perform at the box office and by crowdfunding we’ve deliberately avoided being sucked into that predicament . We hope that people turn out to see SURVIVORS because it stands on it’s own as a unique and daring genre piece with an emotional heart they might not have expected.
Does your schedule align with any festivals that allows you to premiere SURVIVORS?
Our current plan is to shoot the movie over the Summer of 2012 and then complete post-production over the Winter between 2012-2013. You might see a short film of ours entering Virgin Media Shorts in 2012, depending on scheduling and the likelihood is that we’ll be undertaking Sci-Fi London’s 48 Film Challenge in April.
If asked about influences and inspirations, what might the answer be for you and your close team?
We grew up on the films of Spielberg’s early stuff, on Zemeckis’ BACK TO THE FUTURE and George Lucas’ STAR WARS, so their influence upon the team cannot be underestimated.
The scope of SURVIVORS stretches beyond anything we’ve seen attempted at such a low budget level before so we’ve probably got them to thank for our grandiose ideas and stories!
We loved TROLL HUNTER (2011) and Gareth Edwards’ MONSTERS (2010) and would cite them as big inspirations for what we’re trying to do with this project. They are both incredibly well made and transcend their relatively low budgets and stand toe to toe, we feel, with their peers.
What items would you and your team say are pieces of equipment you just can’t live without out in the field?
A small sewing kit to fix any costume disasters and eyelash glue to save any prosthetics we may need to rescue but save on real prosthetic glue.
It’s also important to take a good supply of water and a flask of hot drinks.
Keep extra tapes/ hard disks at the ready because in this day and age, it’s cheap as chips to keep shooting and you never know when your actors will give you something amazing.
I suggest that above all else, you should take an open mind with you. Be aware of the script but be receptive and open to the suggestions of others… that and take a watch, time is expensive so make it count.
Our special thanks to Adam and his team who took the time to answer our questions while campaigning for SURVIVORS.
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Posted by Russell Southam