Screaming At Stars is a finalist in our 2018 season, and we ask Justin Bratton some questions on the film, and it's inspirations.
What was your inspiration behind the story?
The themes of the film come from the experiences and frustrations that both myself and Richie Moore (Director) have experienced while trying to maintain relationships in the past. Everything from the conversations between the two defeated lovers to the massive swings in emotions are things we have personally experienced. Sometimes you can be in a relationship with somebody and feel you don’t even know who that person is anymore. That’s what this film is about. People changing while they are in relationships together, but not changing together. We've all been there.
What made you want to make this film?
My biggest inspirations as far as film directors are Denis Villeneuve and Guillermo del Toro. When it comes to telling story, it doesn't really get any better. My feel I've also been influenced a great deal by classic dystopian novels such as 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451. The moment I realised this film had to be made was when myself and Richie Moore (Director) were having a few beers at a bar in Bangkok. We had both become frustrated with making content for "the man" and so I started rummaging through my old script. This story actually formed out of a much older script of mine.
What was your major hurdle, and how did you over come it?
With a low budget indie film the hurdles our endless. I think just keeping everyone involved motivated about getting the film done was the biggest hurdle. Also, figuring out what how to make "The Device" was no easy task.
Do you have a memorable on set moment you would like to share?
I think the most memorable moment on set for us was when our sound guy Edwin Van Doorn was trying to get the blood to splatter on Libby Jennings' face properly with a straw during the final skill scene. It took a while. There was also the sex scene between my character Craig and Libby's character Lily. It was Libby's first time doing that kind of a scene and our crew was certainly not above colorful commentary. We ended up cutting that scene out at the end. I still have all the footage though Libby!
What advise do you give to aspiring film makers?
Just write and press record!!! Don't wait for the perfect scenario. Don't wait for the money. Just go tell your story.
What is the next step for Screaming at Stars?
Currently we are busy getting the feature film of Screaming at Stars made. Hoping to start shooting in September!
You can follow their journey on the facebook page below, and check out a review from the Short and Sweet Film Festival too: