Q. How did you come up with the Idea of this Film?
A. I was on a bit of a writer’s drought last year when I was trying to come up with ideas for my third year film. I have always loved sci-fi and adventure stories so I started to look up different sci-fi short stories. I came across a list of stories and the name “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” just caught my attention and I was instantly hooked.
Q. What were your influences for a storyline?
A. Well I really wanted to try to stay to the original text. However, as the story went on I started to relate the main character Jack to myself and the films that I used to love as a kid.
Q. How do you think your film will come across to the audience?
A. Well it does have a very sad ending so I hope it will hit people hard. As long as one person understands what I am trying to say with the film then I will be happy.
Q. Growing up in Muskoka how did that influence you?
A. Coming from a small town, family is important. It is a huge part. But you also have a lot of time to yourself since you are not surrounded by people all the time. Country and city people have many differences, so I think my different look at things helps.
Q. You mentioned TV shows, any in particular that have influenced you.
A. Not with the films per say, but TV influenced me personally. I always say I was brought up by TV. Everyday I would wake up, watch TV, go to school, come home, watch TV, do homework in front of the TV, then sleep. It was my world I could go into and watch other people live their more interesting lives.
Q. Any regrets, Lessons?
A. In film, you have to not take yourself so seriously and just put yourself out there. Different people have different methods. In the end whatever works to get you where you want, works.
Q. In the Indiegogo campaign your very much yourself, that care free Martin that we have met at the cage while getting equipment, Do you see yourself always a people person?
A. I do is most ways. I think its because when I grew up I was very shy and alone. I do not have brothers or sisters so I always had to entertain myself. Nevertheless, when I was in grade 7 I was in the school musical. After that, I loved the stage. I loved performing for people, so after that I became the person that just wanted to entertain all the time. However, I will say there are times where I like being alone and to myself.
Q. Top 5 movies / Films that have influenced you.
A. This is tough. Probably the hardest question you can ask a film student. 1,Empire Strikes Back. The film made me, fall in love with movies. 2, Pulp Fiction. It is the movie that made me, want to make movies. 3, The Little Rascals. It is my childhood favorite. I can watch it a million times and I will never not love it. Keeps me feeling young. 4, The Big Lebowski (1998) Honestly, it is my favorite comedy of all time. It defines my sense of humor. 5, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; Because Sergio Leone is one of my all time favorite directors. He has inspired me in the art of story telling like no one else has.