Congratulations to Dale Launer, whose latest film, Tom’s Nu Heaven, just won Best New Film at the Monaco Film Festival! Launer talks about TNH in this part of his interview with WU, but here’s something he didn’t mention: that he filmed this movie himself using a Sony digital high-definition HDW-F900 camera. (Sounds daunting, doesn’t it?)
If you missed part 1 of WU’s interview with Dale Launer, click HERE then come on back. In this, the second of three parts, Dale talks about faultless characters, how he put his mark on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, how the film industry has changed…and how it needs to change. Enjoy!
Part 2: Interview with Dale Launer
Q: You recently wrote and directed the independent film, Tom’s Nu Heaven. Was the film everything you’d hoped for?
DL: No, they never are. It’s hard to be objective. I hate all my films. But if I’m watching them with an audience and they laugh and applaud – I figure something must’ve worked. I did a screening of Tom’s NU Heaven last year. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The sound was off, not loud enough, the bass was way too high, the image was faded looking, it skipped frames (wrong frame rate for this projector), it stopped, it lost sync, the movie stopped a number of time, even for 20 minutes a little over an hour into the movie. Horrible experience. But what I learned? If people are enjoying your movie you can turn a firehose on them and they’ll just move out of the stream to watch the movie. It was, oddly enough, a very successful screening.
Q: How about the experience of being the director – will you continue wearing both hats? [Read more…]