Q: What film inspired you to start a career as a filmmaker?
A: Watching a lot of classic Hollywood films on Turner Classic Movies as a kid really inspired me to become a filmmaker. Also, just the experience of going to the theatre, sitting in a dark room, and being lost in another world for an hour or two had a large impact.
Q: Did you make Gigantic with a specific audience in mind?
A: I didn't make this film with a specific audience in mind. I'm always surprised and grateful whenever any of my work finds an audience.
Q: What memorable events happened during the production of Gigantic?
A: There were a lot of memorable events on set. I remember watching our Assistant Camera Corey walk around the back of an open, speeding pick-up truck to grab the camera battery that we forgot, and thinking “at least we got insurance.” Driving around Taipei with a truck full of dogs was kind of a dream come true, even as my production was falling apart. I also remember climbing with the Director of Photography Mitch into a morgue drawer filled with dead bodies to show the actress that it wasn't scary inside when it was actually really horrifying. But my favorite memory has to be when Mitch attacked the rest of the crew with the fire extinguisher, in the hallway of my apartment building at 3am. That was how we decided to unwind at the end of a long shoot.
Q: What did you learn from working on Gigantic?
A: There are things that I knew going into the film but were confirmed as I was making the film. There is no film unless you have good actors. There is no film without a good crew. If your crew comprises of a lot of your friends, you're going to have a great time making a film, especially if you shoot on a beach. And always make a film that is deeply personal on some level, that you feel really strongly about; that is the only way you will get through the emotional and physical roller coaster ride of making a self-financed film.
Q: If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?
A: Probably Buster Keaton or Lucille Ball. I also met Harry Dean Stanton at a festival recently, and he seemed pretty awesome.
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