Craig A. Knitt talks about his films, Hitchhicker's Trade and SpringLoaded.

posted Oct 10, 2011, 10:16 AM by Ross Bigley
The Hitchhiker's Trade:
 
MIFS: Where did the idea for the film come from?
The idea behind "Hitchhiker's Trade" came from the creative mind of Matt Worzalla who utilized the talents of his fellow improvisational comedians from the ComedyCity, DePere troupe.
 
MIFS: How much did the concept change when going to final edit?
The film is almost exactly the same as the very first draft. During the first reading of the script everyone knew there was something wonderfully silly there! The script sat in the shadows for almost a year before the crew finally decided to get everything in gear and shot it all in one long afternoon!
 
MIFS: Were there any challenges during production?
The first attempt at recording sound didn't work very well as the field crickets and other various bugs actually made more noise that anyone first realized. All the dialog was rerecorded weeks after the initial shoot and great efforts were made to lip sync but sometimes it never quite lined up.
 
MIFS: With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
There is a great reward in watching the movie with new audiences. Usually people are so surprised by the subject matter that the reactions vary but overall it's always great to hear nice laughter throughout.
 
SpringLoaded:
MIFS: Where did the idea for the film come from?
"SpringLoaded" was created for a television contest that was unfortunately cancelled before it ever got the chance to be seen. In the contest each filmmaker was assigned a girl from a talent agency. The filmmakers met their "talent" and discussed what type of film they would like to create. My girl chose 'action film'.From there we were given a very small window of opportunity to write, shoot and edit the film.
 
MIFS: How much did the concept change when going to final edit?
Time was VERY tight for the shoot so everything had to be super-planned out. The film was actually storyboarded so each needed shot was prepared. The film was very close to the original concept that was discussed with the actress.
 
MIFS: Were there any challenges during production?
The shoot actually went extremely well! Once all the shots were gathered it became obvious that more concentration could have gone into lighting, choreographing the fights and camera movement but with a three hour window of shoot time my crew did a fantastic job!

MIFS: With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
It is always a pleasure to look at your final film when a film is finally done (especially with an audience). While it is always takes a ton of effort to get something done, the reward in seeing an "idea" realized on the screen is unbelievably satisfying!
 
Both films screen during our Opening Night Event on November 4th, 7pm. Craig A Knitt along with his fellow Wildwood partners, Jason Buss and Thomas Thorne will recieve the Pace-setter Award.
 

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