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INDIE FILM 4 U is a niche online publication wholly devoted to the sensibility and technique of independent film. We are a dedicated group of filmmakers, enthusiasts, critics and professionals navigating the endless technological highways of the digital age, yet remaining faithful to the economically dilapidated back alleys of the anti establishment. We hope to have establish lasting relationships with filmmakers, festivals, screening series, venues, technology companies and more, resulting in an all-encompassing destination for everything relevant to the ever-evolving landscape of independent film around the world. INDIE FILM 4 U is a place for ambitious creatives, visionary filmmakers, industry professionals, film enthusiasts and those who represent the spirit of the independent mindset. Whether launching a crowdfunding campaign, promoting a 4wall, providing a filmmaking service or simply a fan, INDIE FILM 4 U has something for everyone. If you have a film, news item, review, crowdfunding campaign, opinion or ANY pertinent content and would like to be featured on Indie Film 4 U please do let us know.

02/12/2014

Hey! Check out the wonderful interview we have done with
Anne McCarthy

Questions

INDIE FILM 4 U: How are you today?

ANNE: Very well, thank you.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What inspired you to embark on a career in film?

ANNE: Simply enough, I love movies. I was fascinated by acting. So, I started to look for classes, and I knew I needed a great teacher, someone that I could really learn a lot from, not just a six week acting class. I needed someone I could take a journey with. I think there is a quote out there that says something to the aspect of “Ask for the teacher, and the teacher will come”. I have been really lucky, to have had great teachers.

INDIE FILM 4 U: How would you define the actual role of a director?

ANNE: The visionary, the leader.. Hopefully someone who has a good combination of control and guidance. Too much control doesn't let an actors performance breathe. Let your actors surprise you, and leave a window open for the magic as they say. Just don’t let your vision be completed demolished by other people trying to take over.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What kinds of things do you study when watch films to apply to your own work?

ANNE: As an actor, I Iove watching a spontaneous performance. Just when you think you know what an actor is going to do, they surprise you with the unexpected. Its one of my absolute favorite things about acting, and I guess about life. My favorite actor is Anthony Hopkins. I've never met him, but I love watching his work. He takes you places. A journey.. As a director, and filmmaker I look at everything. I’m still new at this, so I have to be open to everything.

INDIE FILM 4 U: How do you prepare for a role and how often do you audition?

ANNE: (laughs) As an actor..Not enough! (laughs).. I wish I auditioned more. When I do though, I go over the script a thousand times if I have to. Casting, especially for television, can move very fast, and they want to see a performance.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What are auditions like?

ANNE: As an actor I will go out for everything that I can, even the free stuff. I don’t care, I have no hang ups about doing free work. If I am available, I’m there.
As a director, I know when someone has worked like crazy on my script. That’s the guy or girl I want to hire. If they can act, and really want to be there. Why wouldn’t I want to hire that person? I cast my last short film, using my gut, and every actor was a joy to be around. Also, I met actors at the audition that I really liked that I couldn't cast, but I kept their information.

INDIE FILM 4 U: We think your short film was one of the best we have seen this year, what do you think of most indie films?

ANNE: Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked it.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What indie films are you looking forward to this year?

ANNE: I want to see Jill Soloway’s “Afternoon Delight” and Sarah Polley’s “Stories we tell.” Also, the BBC has lured me in with Downton Abbey. I am really into British Television right now. Thank you all for that. You guys really do amazing work.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What indie filmmakers would you like to work with?

ANNE: (laughs) Anyone who asks me. As I’ve said before, If you want me there, I’m there.

INDIE FILM 4 U: Do you plan on working with a Hollywood studio?

ANNE: As a director, sure eventually, I would welcome the opportunity to make a studio film. I love independent filmmaking, you can pretty much keep complete creative control over what you do. As for working for a Hollywood studio as an actor, I’m ready. Really ready.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What is the most creative thing you had to do under budgetary constraints?

ANNE: Oh boy! I’ve turned my home into a mini sound-stage, minus the soundproofing. We’ve held up filming for airplanes, fireworks, and loud crazy neighbors. My husband is worried about the amount of times we’ve painted the drywall in the kitchen.

INDIE FILM 4 U: Will you be submitting your film to film festivals, if so, why?

ANNE: Yes, I do submit to film festivals. I put everything I’ve done on the internet. Its free, so why not. Short films are a great place for the internet, and I can let everyone see what I’ve been up to right away.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What advice would you give to a young actor/filmmaker?

ANNE: The best advice I was given was to go out there, and “figure it out”. Your not going to figure out acting, or filmmaking in one day, or in one year. It doesn’t work that way, and there’s no fun in it. There’s always going to be frustrating times, but keep asking the questions and the answers will be revealed. When you’ve got some information piled up inside of you, “GO FOR IT”! I started acting by taking classes, and doing community theatre. I eventually worked my way up to Equity theatre.
As a director, I started in a UCLA writing class, while I was learning filmmaking. I sat in more seminars than I care to admit to, but I started to put everything together through them. Start by learning how to write a screenplay, It doesn’t have to be more than a one-page, and film that one page. I can’t tell you how great it was to make a film for the first time, but that’s something you’ll have to find out for yourself.....

INDIE FILM 4 U: Any last words?

ANNE: Stay open to everything and most importantly TRUST YOUR GUT. Instinct is everything! Things can get crazy, and you will get lost sometimes, but when I trust my instincts, they are never wrong.

01/06/2014
Happiness in a tree house

Happiness in a tree house, the short film written and directed by Damien Swaby is now here for you all to watch and download for free! Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/82301948

Two young ladies have just left university (Cindy Roddock and Diane Faymann) take a trip to the tree house they visited regularly in their childhood, more importantly…

12/31/2013

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06/25/2013
THE BUSKER AND THE PRINCESS OUT SOON

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ACTOR/FILMMAKER DAMIEN SWABY


DAMIEN SWABY
His work has been screened at film festivals in, London, San Diego, Birmingham, Staffordshire, Reykjavik, Sacramento, Brighton and others.
He passionately believes in filmmaking and its ability to reflect life; He has been praised by critics, as a director of unique and poetic comedic vision, who conveys a strong sense of the people and places I cover.
His work is very photographic and personal and he always tries to convey as much through the visual image as the spoken word. He has his finger on the zeitgeist of modern life for sure.


INDIE FILM 4 U: What inspired you to embark on a career in filmmaking?

DAMIEN SWABY: I have always been a huge lover of film; I own over a 1000 DVDs and videos and I remember punching the back of the seat in front of me as a kid watching Rocky 4 in the cinema, to this day I still say the montage in that film is the best montage ever. Hearts on fire is the ultimate 80’s rock/pop song! All in all a love of film made me embark on a career as a filmmaker.

INDIE FILM 4 U: How would you define the actual role of a director?

DAMIEN SWABY: The director should oversee everything and be the creative and professional driving force. The director’s performance will ultimately define the films performance. I’m speaking in terms of independent films, music videos, T.V, commercials and theatre productions as I have not been involved in a Hollywood production.

INDIE FILM 4 U: Do you consider filmmaking creating an art form, for entertainment, or both? Do you think one is more important to the other?

DAMIEN SWABY: I consider filmmaking to be both because if you’re creating a good piece of art it should entertain people to a certain degree. At what level and how wide it entertains people is different altogether as the commercial side of a movie has a big influence on people’s perceptions of the film.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What are your favorite director/actor collaborations?

DAMIEN SWABY: It would have to be Spike Lee/Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise/Cameron Crowe.
When I think of Mo Better Blues, Vanilla Sky, Malcolm X and Jerry Maguire I get really inspired.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What kinds of things do you study when you watch films to apply to your own work?

DAMIEN SWABY: Right now it’s all about the cinematography and interaction between the actors. I’m a huge fan of Woody Allen and I love Manhattan and would love to develop some of the shots in that film for a movie in London. I am also a fan of cinematographer Janusz Kaminski and director Alex Proyas. In terms of interaction between actors the work of Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil in a Raisin in the sun, James Spader and Andie MacDowell in Sex Lies and Video Tapes, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy and the entire cast of 12 angry men where excellent in my opinion. The tensions, moments of truth, use of words, love, hate and the spontaneous actions brought the films out of the screens and into people’s hearts and minds which is something I hope to do with my own films in the future.

INDIE FILM 4 U: Tell me about your past projects. Is there a type of film/genre that you find yourself drawn to?

DAMIEN SWABY: My past projects as a filmmaker have all been great experiences for me. The greatest example of this was the panning shot of Lizzie Davies delivering her lines beautifully in my film The Busker and the Princess. Looking at the shot, the location and adding the music to it made it all come together incredibly for me.
There was a scene in Not a Teddy Bears Picnic, I had one chance to nail a scene with Ted and nailed it. We ran in the bar, secretly filmed and ran out. It turned out to be the best scene in the film. Ted was so easy to work with!
It’s been a strange mix of scenarios in regards to making my films but they have all been worth it as I've learned a lot from each of them. My past projects have proven to me you can read all the books, listen to all the podcast, do all the filmmaking courses, but you learn so much more from actually making movies, so much more.
Class seems to be an underlying theme in my films. Is it a subconscious one? I think living in London and the history of England is something that’s hard for me to shake of at present. In a dynamic, fast paced cultural hotbed that London is, class seems to be the predominant driving force in my past projects.

I’m drawn to many different films/genres whether it be iconic Hollywood figures like Rocky, Superman, Axel Foley, Erasurehead, Citizen Kane, etc . I've never really thought that much about genre, more about time and place. I’m a 80s child so I hold that era of film close to my heart. Films like My Step Mother is an Alien, Back to the future, Sex lies and videotapes, When Harry met Sally, Risky Business, Working Girl etc. Currently I’m in pre-production for my feature film She Moves Me, it’s a rom com so since I've paid close attention to the works of Steve Martin, Bill Cosby and the filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass I’m hoping to make a great movie with a fantastic cast and crew on board.

INDIE FILM 4 U: What is the most creative thing you had to do under budgetary constraints?

DAMIEN SWABY: There has been quite a few, I've had to ask an old school friend to be a camera man on the shoot of the jam in the honey jar as my DOP dropped out the night before, that was fun! But as I prep like crazy!! For all and every film I do, it becomes more about the use of time, and controlling sound/noise is when I have to get really creative which usually means “Everybody I have prepped like crazy! Don’t waste time, can’t you see that cloud in the sky! Is it going to rain?? Tell the woman next door to stop her Dog from barking! We have this location any until the Police show up……Action!”

INDIE FILM 4 U: I think I saw you mention on twitter that you submitted your recent film to its first festival. What was that process like?

DAMIEN SWABY: It’s part of the budget that really can add up. I have a well thought out festival plan. All I can do now is hope for the best.

INDIE FILM 4 U: Any last words?

DAMIEN SWABY: I hope anybody who watches one of my films has some sort of feeling after watching one of them. I would hate someone to watch one of the films and think it’s a “Table Coffee” movie" Also watch out for the trailer for She Moves Me. It will be the first of it's kind from a UK filmmaker. Until then check out the promo for The Busker and the Princess.

https://vimeo.com/66151157

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What we wanna see! The short film Bonhomme, shot using Sony's PMW- F3 35mm camera is the best silent film we have seen i...
06/21/2013
bonHomme

What we wanna see!

The short film Bonhomme, shot using Sony's PMW- F3 35mm camera is the best silent film we have seen in a long time. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

https://vimeo.com/16981467

a short film written, shot, and post produced in 8 days to promote the new Sony 35mm digital camera PMW-F3...with a little help from my friends... All natural…

What we wanna see!Great tralier from David Huebsch and David Joseph Volino who are two young college students who have a...
06/21/2013
BROKEN (2013) Trailer

What we wanna see!

Great tralier from David Huebsch and David Joseph Volino who are two young college students who have a love for film. They write, film, and produce films and videos. They are currently in pre-production for our upcoming film "Broken" with shooting to begin in January 2013. We at INDIE FILM 4 U cannot wait to see it!

https://vimeo.com/59179843

BROKEN Trailer Check us out on Facebook and twitter https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whiteboard-Productions/355397214556243 @DavidJVolino and @DavidDHuebsch

06/21/2013

INDIE FILM 4 U is a niche online publication wholly devoted to the sensibility and technique of independent film. We are a dedicated group of filmmakers, enthusiasts, critics and professionals navigating the endless technological highways of the digital age, yet remaining faithful to the economically dilapidated back alleys of the anti establishment. We hope to have establish lasting relationships with filmmakers, festivals, screening series, venues, technology companies and more, resulting in an all-encompassing destination for everything relevant to the ever-evolving landscape of independent film around the world.
INDIE FILM 4 U is a place for ambitious creatives, visionary filmmakers, industry professionals, film enthusiasts and those who represent the spirit of the independent mindset. Whether launching a crowdfunding campaign, promoting a 4wall, providing a filmmaking service or simply a fan, INDIE FILM 4 U has something for everyone.

If you have a film, news item, review, crowdfunding campaign, opinion or ANY pertinent content and would like to be featured on Indie Film 4 U please do let us know.

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