A brief interview with the Filmmakers from "Greetings From Tinseltown" Nat Frum and Joe Warren...
1. What was your first conscious memory you’d be making films at some point in your life?
Nat and I came to filmmaking in a round about sort of way. Both of has had been contributing articles to the college newspaper, when the editor asked if anyone was interested in making a political satire video. Nat and I volunteered, and have been making films ever since. There was a specific moment during filming that first sketch video, where both of us realized filmmaking was something we could and would continue to do.
2. Why did you want to tell this particular story?
àBoth of us are from the East Coast and when we moved to the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles after college, we were surprised by what we saw. Hollywood is always depicted in film as a sort of beautiful paradise, but in reality it’s much closer to the grimy crime ridden neighborhood depicted in Literature by people like Bukowski and Chandler. We wanted to make a film that showed Hollywood closer to what it actually was, because to us, the real Hollywood is a lot more interesting to examine than the white washed ones you see in movies.
3. Where was it made?
—>All filming took place in Hollywood.
4. Who contributed the most to the success of your film?
—> Without a doubt the actors. Everyone was a pleasure to work with. Not only did they bring strong performances to the set, but they wore professional and accommodating during scheduling. Could not have done it without them.
5. If you could give advice to a filmmaker hesitating on picking up a camera to tell their story, what would it be?
—> Now is the time! Given the amount of technology at our fingertips, there’s never been a better time to make films. Don’t get caught up in that trap of remembering the 70’s as the great day of American cinema. You can make whatever type of story you want to tell with two phones—one for audio and one for video!
6. What films or filmmakers most influence you in your lifetime?
—> Alfonso Cuarón, Pablo Larraín, Howard Hawks, Werner Herzog, Leonardo Favio, John Ford, Josef Von Sternberg, Sofia Coppola, Lucrecia Martel, Luis Buñuel, Tarkovsky, Bergman, Truffaut, Tim & Eric, Jeff Tremaine, Mel Brooks. There are so many great filmmakers that my list is constantly changing. These are just a few.
7. What’s your next project going to be?
—> We’re currently in the editing phase of a romantic comedy about a young man who works at a medical marijuana dispensary who falls for a girl who is a frequent customer. The project is currently unnamed, but it was all filmed in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Joe and Nat added that they edited their film on Adobe Premiere Pro, have "heard good things about the Pinnacle editing system software" and are looking forward to checking out the package that Pinnacle has given them via this festival. Thanks Nat and Joe and continued success!!!!
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