Some things are just too cool to just be made up. Spotter-spotters should become a thing adn we should start talking about it.
If, of all your superpowers, you could only keep one - which one would it be?
I don't, nor have I ever had any superpowers...I think I'm quite happy without to be honest! It'd be a whole world of responsibility that I don't think I'd enjoy. Sort of like becoming Prime Minister or something. Not for me.
When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an artwork, filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
I have just always loved telling stories, a talent and love I picked up from my grandfather who'd tell me stories he'd make up off the top of his head before I went to bed. And I'm always most at ease when working with others - collaborating. It was a natural place for me I think. No other medium offers that to the same extent.
Why this film?
We made the first version of this film at university as an exercise. It was a little (read: a lot) rough round the edges, but Si's transformative performance as Stephen always stood out and we never forgot it. Toni (my co-writer and the originator of the concept) and I just felt we just had to give him a bigger story. So we did! We wrote a full feature-length script with Stephen's Spotter-Spotting journey at the centre. This film was originally intended as a proof-of-concept for that, but we loved it so much so we've taken it on the festival circuit and it's been a dream!
You have an unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I have been writing a Western for the past few years - a proper Spaghetti Western, only set in Colonial India. It has everything - a vast and lawless landscape, evil bandits and quick-drawing anti-heros with no name. I've been giddily excited about it for years now...it's sort of the centre-peice of my grand plan. Everything I do is building to being able to make that movie!
What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
See question 4! Beyond that, I think I'll be happy to just keep making Westerns!
Any Instagram, Twitter, or websites where your future fans can stalk you?
Si's the insta-star (_simartin_). And Toni's the twitterer - find her at @AntoniaTootill. But for anyone that wants to reach out to me - I'm best found on facebook (Ben Plumb) or by email (email@example.com).
Spotter-Spotters will be screend 8.1.0 at 19.30 at Streatham Space Project.
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