1.) Where did the idea for the film come from?
The idea for "INDEFINITE" came from Christopher Kuiper the Co-Director. The concept was to take one of his ideas of a comic book and translate that into a live action short. Chris will also be making a comic book that goes more in depth with the characters and story of the short film. Primarily it is a struggle between Jonas (Joe Fransee) and Otto (R. Michael Gull) with Jonas' girlfriend Amber (Emily Margaret Heitzer) stuck in the cross-hairs.
2.)How much did the project change from concept to final edit?
The film changed a few times. At first it was to be a 5 to 7 minute short with one big scene and a small chase. As we began to shoot we felt there wasn't enough action for an action based film. We eventually developed a fuller concept with more good local actors such as Andrew Voss and Adrian Feliciano to compliment the already diverse cast. Over time the film grew to be bigger in the editing room. Many choices of comic book style implementation and effects helped add layers to the action footage.
3.)Where there any challenges during production?
One of the biggest challenges was developing action scenes. Without the expertise of the martial arts guru Joseph Janswig this film would not exist. Chris and I basically put our faith in his ability to choreograph the fights. We simply gave him a point 'A' to 'B' in story development and he made it happen. I would also like to say that every actor was very positive and took a leap of faith to follow his choreography without complaint.
4.) With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
For me personally the knowledge gained from creating the film on the set with a great crew and actors made it worth creating. I am primarily responsible for making the film work in post production. Yet, if the DP (Dirk van Sloten) or Co-Director Christopher Kuiper were not equally invested in the quality of the project we never would have made the film. I hope to have more opportunities with all the cast and crew in the future to make even more elaborate films for audiences to enjoy.
Indefinite will premiere Friday October 29th at the 12th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival's Opening Night event. Lubar Auditorium, Milwaukee Art Museum. 7pm