think if cavemen had a copyright to "fire". We'd all be
You're my first writer/director I've interviewed, all the other times, I'm interviewing band members from Metal bands.
any who, Question #1...
Do you think itís more important to make movies for the sake of making money or for the sake of artistic expression?
I think you have to consider both. It's the way movies have evolved. You try to do something new and fresh but you also have to make something people want to watch, if you're making art that no one wants to look at then that's a fail and if you're making art everyone has already seen that's also a fail. Those will both get lost in the mix. I think you kind of just have to give them something they've seen a thousands times with a fresh new spin... that's marketable... it's a whole Catch 22 and it can keep you up nights.
In regards to copyright, do you agree that copyright has strayed from its original intent of promoting innovation?
Oh yeah. There's so many lines and boundaries due to copyright. I mean yeah it protects everyone but now that there are so many stories, comics, movies, games etc that it's almost impossible not to be "copying" someone whether you intend to or not. That's why with "The FP" we just said, "Screw it" and made Dance
Dance Revolution "Beat Beat Revelation" so we didn't have to even deal with all that.
I thought about that question, I had the thought of,
"what is copyright?" is it there to spur new
original ideas? But as humans, haven't we historically built
upon someone elses work anyway? and made it better in the
process in most cases.
Yeah, I mean I think so. Just think if
cavemen had a copyright to "fire". We'd all be screwed.
BTW, I'm confused, is it VS or is it All Superheros Must Die?
It's All Superheroes Must Die... It was
"VS" during the festival circuit, then it was bought and
the distributor changed the title to maximize it's marketability.
I definitely agree in the end.
was curious about that...everytime I typed in Vs the Pearl Jam
album came up..well....this was a few months ago
and we couldn't have that... ha
did you get hooked up with James Remar? I know he did the voice
introduction for the FP and now heís in All Super Heros Must Die
as the main villian...
known James since I was nine years old. My brother, sister and I
were travelling through England and Thailand with our dad while he
was working on Mortal Kombat Annihilation. When you are set it can
get boring pretty quick at times. I had a gameboy with Tetris,
James liked Tetris and we've been friends ever since. Now he's
like a rad uncle or second Dad.
heard you had some budget issues with this movie, that you had
to rip out pages of the scriptÖ
When you make a movie for 20,000 dollars, especially one like
this, a lot of things have to go out the window. But as hard as it
was, it definitely spurred a lot creative which was nice... It
also made me realize what not to put in scripts where you're only
going to have 20,000 dollars.
kind of a coincidence, I don't know if you knew this or not, but
the movie "Chasing Amy" was also made with $20,000, it
drove the producer nuts.
bet it did. It was just my buddy Lucas and I "producing"
this one. It definitely drove us nuts at times.
one of your upcoming movies becomes a huge box office success
like Wet and Wreckless, would you make another FP movie?
First of all the idea of Wet and Reckless becoming a huge box
office success makes me laugh. I wish! All I want to do is make
another FP movie! That's my dream. Unfortunately a lot of people
lost money on that. And until that is recouped, no one in their
right mind will ever finance a sequel. So if Brandon and I ever
accidentally get rich at some point and we need a tax right off,
F2P will happen.
is the End look rather interesting...very star studded...how did
that come about?
brother was the DP on it, I was in town shooting Hatchet 3, my
shoot days got pushed, Seth and Evan saw The FP and loved it. We
had a few drinks... Just classic right place, right time scenario.
character's name is Jtro as well in that movie?
and that's all I can say, ha.
you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
depends. That's a hard one for me to answer because I like
both in different ways. Both are easier and harder all at
once. With acting you show up for a couple days, everyone
pampers you for some reason and then you leave. Behind the
camera you get the shit kicked out of you and your job lasts a
year and a half, everyday. But man is it worth it when that
movies done and you're watching it in theater. (After you've
seen it 700 times on a computer monitor) So to answer your
question... depends on my mood, ha. Do I want to be tested or
have another All Superheros question.
has the music played a role in All Superheroes?
it plays a big role. I think music is at least 50% of a movie. It
can manipulate and strengthen so much. So I'm always very critical
with that. It was a long, hard road, but I'm definitely happy with
what we got in the end.
more for the official interview, will you ever shoot again in
Frazier Park? Maybe not for the FP but for other movies?
of course. My dad has his huge "ranch" and barn up there
which always ends up being a back lot. We shot 95% of All
Superheroes Must die in The FP, and probably like 15% of Wet and
Reckless... I don't see not shooting there again in the future.
you very much for your time Jason,I really do appreciate it
man no problem at all