|South By Southwest 2014 Interview Ė PREMATURE director Dan Beers
by Jason Whyte
PREMATURE - At SxSW 2014!
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ďItís a comedy about a young man in high school who has to relive his failed first time at having sex over and over again until he gets it right. Think GROUNDHOG DAY, but with orgasms.Ē Director Dan Beers on his film PREMATURE which screens at this year's South By Southwest Film Festival.
Is this your first SxSW/Austin experience and are you going to attend your screenings?
Iíve been a couple of times for fun and once with a short film that played as part of the interactive section in 2012. I will most definitely be attending my screenings! I canít wait.
What do you love the most about showing movies in Austin and Austin in general?
I love the energy and good nature of the city itself. Itís the ideal festival and city to premiere a comedy.
Tell me a bit about your background and how you became a filmmaker. Also what have you worked on in the past?
Iíve wanted to write and direct movies since I was in elementary school. After graduating film school, I worked for the great producers at Good Machine and later with Wes Anderson. I had great mentors and was able to use that knowledge and experience and understanding of persistence to keep pushing until I was able to get my first movie made.
How did this whole project come together from your perspective?
I originally met Glen Basner of FilmNation at Good Machine, where he was originally a production executive. A few years later, after Glen had run foreign sales for Focus Features and the Weinstein Company, he formed FilmNation. He was involved in another movie I was trying to get made, but after that one fell apart, I was fortunate enough to have him ask me for more ideas. I then pitched him the idea for Premature. He came on as executive producer for the film. I had him at orgasm.
What was the biggest challenge, or challenges, in making the film?
I originally thought the concept of a repeating day would be ideal for a low budget film. You have the same sets, same locations, same wardrobe and so forth. But while the concept may lend itself to a low budget, it becomes a real undertaking once you start plotting the execution, specifically consistency. It became a massive undertaking, especially as the days started to differ from one another ever so slightly.
If you had to pick a single favourite moment out of the entire production, what would it be?
When Alan Tudyk, who plays the Georgetown Admissions Counselor Jack Roth, joined the production. I donít want to give too much away, but he had all of us in stitches.
What keeps you going while making a movie? What drives you? How much coffee?
I was driven by the WANT to make a great movie and the opportunity to make more in the future. Making a movie has been a lifelong dream and I didnít want the opportunity to slip by.
I would love to know about the technical side of the film, your relationship to the director of photography, what the movie was shot on and why it was decided to be filmed this way.
Jimmy Lindsey, my director of photography, was an amazing asset and I couldnít have made the film without him. We worked together side by side during pre-production, storyboarding and shot-listing, and his vast experience was crucial in helping me on my first feature. Besides being a fountain of filmmaking knowledge, Jimmy was also a pleasure to be around, which was a gift, as we seemingly spent more than a half a day together for 2 months straight. He also has a wonderful sense of humour and understood the idea of shooting a comedy and how to visually pay off a joke.
We shot digitally on the Alexa. We chose the Alexa because of all the digital cameras, I find it has the most cinematic, filmic look.
What are you looking forward to the most about showing your movie at SxSW?
I canít wait to hear the audience laugh at the film. I know the audience is going to be ready to do so and I canít wait to provide them with the right fodder.
After the film screens at South By Southwest, where is the film going to show next? Anywhere you would like it to screen?
Ideally, in a theater near you in 2014. We donít have distribution and this is our world premiere, so fingers crossed we get distribution after SXSW!
Alamo Drafthouse and Paramount theaters in Austin aside, if you could show this movie in any cinema in the world, which one would you choose and why?
Good question. Maybe my neighborhood theater BAM in Brooklyn. Theyíre also building an Alamo Drafthouse around the corner from me. If we wait a year, when the construction is complete, that would also seem like a pretty good place too.
What would you say or do to someone who is talking or texting during a screening of your film?
Nothing. Theyíre missing out, not me.
And finally, what is the single, greatest movie that you have seen at a film festival?
This is one of the many films screening at the 2014 SXSW in Austin, Texas between March 7-15. For more information on the filmís screening, point your browser to www.sxsw.com/film.
Jason Whyte, efilmcritic.com
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