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SXSW Pre-Production:KILLER DILLER Director Tricia Brock

by Scott Weinberg

THE 'KILLER DILLER' PITCH: A guitar-playing car thief named Wesley is sentenced to a halfway house run by an eccentric religious-zealot who recruits musically-inclined young felons to play "church music" to retirees and grade-schoolers. Wesley then meets Vernon , a blues-piano-playing autistic savant who provides the spark the band needs. With singer Shanita Scott, they form the red hot Killer Diller Blues Band. Now all they have to do is break the law one more time.

Will this be your first time at South By Southwest? Any other film festival experience?
This will be my first time attending SXSW. Two years ago I attended Tribeca and The Cucalorus Film Festival with my short film The Car Kid.

Describe your film in seven words or less.
Young convicts discover the blues.

When you were 14 years old, if someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, what would your answer have been?
An airline stewardess.

How did you get started in filmmaking?
Working in television commercial production as a girl slave.

How have things changed for you since your film was accepted into the festival?
The excitement level has increased.

When you were shooting the film, did you have SXSW (or other festivals) in mind?
Yes, because SXSW is also a music festival and my film is about music.

How did you get your film started? How did you go from script to finished product?
I got the feature started by making a short film first. That was the magic key. I went from script to a finished film by way of about twenty drafts and about ten years.

What's the single most important lesson you learned while making this film?
Don't ever shoot anything MOS, even if it's a scene designed for score. You always need a guide track.

When you were in pre-production, did you find yourself watching other great movies in preparation?
Yes. The Insider, Being There, Days of Heaven, Traffic.

If a studio said ‘we love this, we love you, you can remake anything in our back catalogue for $40m' - what film, if any, would you remake?
A Touch of Class.

Two-parter: Which actor would you cut off an arm to work with, and which relatively unknown actor in your own film do you want the world to start recognizing sooner rather than later?
I would kill to work with Owen Wilson. And soon the world will know Niki J. Crawford and RonReaco Lee from Killer Diller.

The festival circuit: what could be improved, and what couldn1t be?
The ability to buy tickets in advance.

Have you ‘made it' yet? If not, at what point will you be able to say ‘yes'?
I'm not sure what "making it" means. I've made a movie, so I guess in that sense I've made it. Or it's made me.

A movie is made by a lot of people in addition to the director, but often films will open with a credit that says 3a film by 2 - Did you use that credit in your film? If so, defend yourself! If not, what do you think of those who do?
I did not use "a film by", even though I wrote and directed it. I think the only time it's warranted is when the filmmaker is both writer and director.

Killer Diller, written and directed by Tricia Brock, premieres at the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival. Click here and here for more info!

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