Another fantastic local project is in its pre-production stages. Dead Wrong, written and directed by Stacy Gerard, launched its Indiegogo campaign. The film is looking to raise $800 for production costs. As of today, there are 28 days left in the campaign. Read on for an interview with writer/director Stacy Gerard. Be sure to stop by their campaign page as well and "like" their Facebook Page.
Jess Carson: Thank you for taking the time out for this interview. Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Stacy Gerard: Well, I'm a senior digital film student at the University of Central Arkansas, and film is pretty much my life. This is my first narrative film to direct; however, [I] worked on several other productions doing all sorts of things. Up until now I've primarily focused on documentary production and animation, but I love all aspects of film and would hate to limit myself.
JC: Tell me a bit about Dead Wrong.
SG: Dead Wrong is a pretty wacky and violent horror/dramedy about two young lovers Victoria and James, who decide to kill themselves together in (what they believe to be) the ultimate romantic gesture. There's definitely a Romeo and Juliet sort of vibe to it, but I can guarantee it's not going to turn out how you might expect.
JC: How did you come up with this concept?
SG: As cheesy as it sounds the concept came from a dream, but the element of young love and it's recklessness has been a theme I have been really attached to for awhile. Love makes people kind of stupid sometimes, especially when these people are like fifteen or sixteen, and I think that the fearlessness that comes with young love is really fascinating.
JC: Can you discuss some of the talent you are working with?
SG: Casting itself is still being finalized, but we have seen a lot of great actors and actresses over the last month or so. We have a few people picked out for the leads, and now that the holidays are over we're bringing them together for some table reads to see how they work together. They should be announced shortly though, so keep a look out. As for my crew, Jonathon Halligan, my [Director of Photography], is really great. We are definitely on the same page as far as creating challenging films that don't coddle the audience, and my producer, Jordan Cobb, is a huge fan of Black Comedies, so he has also been really supportive and a great help at getting this film rolling.
JC: What will your Indiegogo funds go towards?
SG: The Indiegogo funds will primarily be going toward our special effects budget. We have a lot of great effects planned for the film, but the supplies needed to carry them out, as well as hire the talent required to pull them off, isn't going to be cheap. Anything left over after that will be going toward equipment rentals and craft services for our crew.
JC: Is there anything else you would like for us to know?
SG: I'd just like to reiterate how excited (and terrified) I am about making this film! It's definitely a little different, and a little disgusting, but also going to be a hell of a lot of fun.