Maylene and the Sons of Disaster Gang Up With Indie Filmmakers on 'cockroaches' (INTERVIEW)
The creative forces behind cockroaches have started a Kickstarter page to help finish the film and cover all of the endless expenses involved in a project of this magnitude. Noisecreep spoke with director Christoffer Aldell, producer Ryan de Quintal and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster vocalist Dallas Taylor, about cockroaches and its production goals.
Check out our interview, along with photos and the trailer for cockroaches, below.
First off, tell us a bit about the film.
Chris: The film is called cockroaches, and it's a crime / dark comedy / action film that I have been working on for the last four years. The story is about the Pope being kidnapped from the Vatican and brought overseas to be ransomed off, which leads to a feeding frenzy of criminals who want in on the opportunity. As far as the cast is concerned, we have been truly blessed with actors such as Tommy Lister, Robert Miano, Luke Massy, & Maria Olsen to name a few.
Why did you approach Dallas and the band to get involved with the film? Did you always envision a heavy soundtrack to support the film?
Ryan: I've been listening to Maylene for years now and felt they had the perfect blend of grit and originality that Chris was looking for.
Chris: Ryan showed me some of their stuff and I knew right away they were who I wanted for this project. This is a very difficult film to put a soundtrack too, but I felt that Maylene had that quality I had been searching for. And let me just say that I had been searching for over a year at that point. I wouldn't say that I had always envisioned a heavy soundtrack for this film. The music just needed to fit organically and theirs did completely.
Ryan: The next step was for me to get in touch with the band, and I wasn't sure how they were going to respond to this. I managed to get a hold of Dallas Taylor, and just asked him to take a look at what we had created with our promotional film. He responded almost immediately and couldn't have been more supportive. He really believed in what we were doing and told me that he would love to have Maylene's music in our film. Chris and I were thrilled with his reaction, and are so excited to collaborate with them on this film.
How did you first discover Maylene and the Sons of Disaster?
Ryan: I've been an Underoath fan since the early days when Dallas was their lead singer. When he moved on to start Maylene I just felt like he was really doing something different, and I've been a fan of everything they've put out ever since. It's been an amazing experience for me to become friends with a musician that I've been listening to in one band or another over the years.
Dallas, what were your thoughts when Ryan first approached you with the idea to have the band's music included in the film?
Dallas: We where really into it, and when we saw the trailer we got exited. It seems like a great fit and Ryan is such a good guy, and the team behind cockroaches have a great vision for this project. We are so pumped on the future of this movie.
Tell us about this Kickstarter campaign that you recently launched.
Ryan: Well one of the biggest challenges in getting a film made is raising the necessary funds to actually get it off the page and onto the screen, so Chris and I decided Kickstarter was a great way to do that.
Chris: I really liked the idea of directly involving the fans of this type of film, and what I love about Kickstarter is that it allows for just that.
Ryan: Chris and I have been working on getting this film ready for principal photography for so many years now that we felt the time had come to put it out there for the world to see. We knew that if people genuinely liked our story and what we had done with our promotional film, then they would want to be a part of it.
Chris: It's very hard to get a film made when people don't know who you are or what you're capable of as a filmmaker. Kickstarter has given us that chance, and we have been so amazed with the positive response the project has been getting from everyone.
Ryan: We just needed a way to spread the word and get people that want to see this type of movie made behind it, and so far it's been great, but we still have a ways to go.
If you do secure the funding, when can we expect cockroaches to be released?
Chris: It's difficult to say for sure, but I would imagine in the spring or summer of 2013. We want to create the best film we possibly can, and I feel that it's important to really spend the proper amount of time on it to make sure we achieve that.
Head over to the official cockroaches Kickstarter page for more information on the film and its funding campaign.