Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bryon Blakey on "PMS Cop"

What was your filmmaking background before making PMS Cop?

BRYON: I have no formal filmmaking background, just a huge fan of movies. My friends and I have been making movies since 1995 or so. We started by editing in camera with VHS. Then moved up to SVHS and an editing suite.

We produced an action thriller that did real well called Ravage. After that I was hooked. We've since produced multiple direct to DVD flicks. Truth is I did sneak into filmmaking classes at the local college many times.

Where did the idea come from and what was the writing process like?

BRYON: The idea for PMS Cop occurred when I was pulled over for speeding by this "Nice" female police officer that had pulled me over many times before over the years. No talking her out of a ticket.

So, I thought it would be fun to make a horror movie about a PMS afflicted cop on a rampage, but in the one year process of writing she became a sort of antihero. It was challenging to keep the proper motivations in place and give the audience the carnage they deserve. But, hopefully we did just that.

Can you talk about how you raised your budget and your distribution plan for recouping your costs?

BRYON: The budget came out of pocket and our plan for distribution was to self distribute. But in the process of sending out review copies, Full Moon was contacted by word of mouth and hit us up. Of course we weren't turning that down.

How did you cast the movie and did the script change much once you had your cast in place?

BRYON: Most of the people we cast were in other local movies but we did have a casting call. The script was locked down by that time, so we made no changes.

We don't usually make changes unless a location is impossible to get or someone leaves the production. At this budget level, just about anything is possible. I like to start shooting as soon as we cast so it is exciting and fresh in everyone's mind.

What kind of camera did you use to shoot the movie -- and what did you love about it and hate about it?

BRYON: We used a Canon DSLR. Of course the price was the benefit. I usually use a larger camera to shoot so it was a change, but we got used to its maneuverability. The downfall of the cameras were the tendency for stuck pixels leaving bright red dots here and there on the frames. Fortunately we fixed them in post.

You wore a lot of hats on this project -- writer, director, producer, editor. What are the pros and cons of working that way?

BRYON: I really don't know any other way to make movies. The benefits are that
you don't have to beg someone else to do them and they will get done to your satisfaction.

The downside is that some of these jobs require all your concentration so they can't be done simultaneously, so it takes longer to finish the project.

What was the smartest thing you did during production? The dumbest?

BRYON: The smartest would be using the science lab location for 2/3rds of the film. In the past we used many different locations in the heat and cold. This building was completely empty, air conditioned and quiet.

The dumbest thing I did was to take on such a big project with very little money. But, that has never stopped us before.

And, finally, what did you learn from making this feature that you will take to other projects?

BRYON: I learned that Springfield Missouri is the world's best place to make movies hands down.

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