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Q&A WITH CREATOR DAN DOBRANSKY
1. What is your background in sketch/comedy/film?
I've done a ton of improv and sketch over the years, acted in a bunch of short and indie films, a tad bit of theater, and am an Art Director by trade. I like making thing in one way or another.
2. Tell us about some of the challenges of making your film.
I came up with the concept for this film years ago. I actually almost did it for the last two labs. It had gone through way too many script revisions, so that part was tough. Might be because it was one of my first film ideas. The other hard part was finding the right person to play Donald. Every time I presented the role to someone, I told them "Just know that you'll be getting hit in the head with a dodgeball a few hundred times. I felt really lucky that Daniel Atwood was available and up to the challenge.
3. What would you do differently if you were to make this film again?
I really would've rather shot this during the summer, but with the time of the season I couldn't. Also, I should've shot it over two days instead of one. Because of solid preproduction, we were able to get almost everything I needed. We did shoot a second day actually, so I guess I did that right.
4. What's next for you? What's your next film project going to look like?
I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to make for my next project. There are some fun special effect pieces I might try, but I won't really know till we congregate again as a group. My first two projects just popped in my head while we were sharing ideas. Yay people!
5. Tell us about the Magnet Video lab and its role in making this film happen.
I love having a group of people who want to do the same thing as me. Make things. Video Lab helped push me to start making film. I need to start getting motivated on my own and make more work. Ideally, I'd like to get more into filmmaking for a living. Just taking my time to get there.
6. Where did the inspiration for this video come from?
It's sort of another take on The Red Balloon I suppose. I always loved that film when I was a kid. 35 years later, and way too much tv, and here we are.
7. How did the Magnet Video Lab help you grow as an artist from Season 2 to Season 3?
Most important thing to have when making things are a group of supportive people who appreciate the same. We make the group a bit larger this season and hope to make it even bigger next season. More people, more inspiration, more appreciation, more love. Yay people!
Donald has a hard time talking to people.
Premiered at Magnet Theater on January 25, 2015
Running Time: 03:49
Daniel Atwood, Kerry Kastin, Quentin Tice, Greg Yakubov, Megan Meadows, Jim Turner, Alex Shifman, Dan Lisle, Geri and Mena Cole, Dmitry Shine, James Bruffee, Lorena Russi, Shalini Tripathi
Director of Photography:
Jim Turner, James Bruffee
"The Jazz Piano" and "Funny Song" from Bensound.com
Magnet Theater & Magnet Video Lab
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