Behind the Scenes Part 1 - Carlos Talks About his Real Experience Making a Movie
I am just excited that this picture came together so beautifully. It’s a real pleasure to make a movie, but it’s an added bonus to do it with a friend like my director/partner Lawrence Roeck.
I really cannot say much about plot as we are all signed to NDAs but I can say this — it is a pure adventure movie set in the 1870s. The action starts on page 1 (literally!) and never lets up. We follow a lead who goes on a journey that takes him into the wilds and challenges everything he knows about himself.
Scott is a phenomenal actor. He was in our last picture, The Forger, but in a small role. Here he takes the lead role which is really great because he is a talent about to take Hollywood by storm. We saw his acting chops on the last picture and his work ethic and things just added up to make sense that he’d be a first rate choice for this movie. I can’t wait for people to see what he can do.
Oh sure, tons of things — for example, how long we work on a screenplay for a movie like this: almost 3 years. There were some lulls in writing over that period, but by and large we worked our butts off for a long time on concept, setting, character, plot and ultimately, most importantly, theme. Each of these and many other elements all require precise attention to detail or the whole structure pyramid you’ve set up crumbles. So, I think it was a great advantage to have a strong, “bullet-proof” script when approaching investors, movie stars and crew. You have to make a story that excites you, has your own personality stamp on it but you also have to entertain and even educate (aka, do your research). So, you have to make a script yours but it also has to be made for an audience to love. That’s a complicated dichotomy to straddle. But there are wonderful rewards for putting in all that hard work and all that attention to detail. My best piece of advice to newer writers - the devil’s in the details. Be specific when you create a story. Specificity in a story is where the audience’s rapt attention comes from. Thanks for the interview. Wish me luck. This is my 8th feature movie as a writer but every time is an adventure.
Stay tuned for part 2!