Here’s my Q&A with the director and two cast members, who also star in the online series “BriTANick,” from “Searching for Sonny.” I loved this movie by the way, because it just really hilarious. The entire room laughed throughout the film that some jokes were missed.
Natalie, Life & Arts editor from The Accent Newspaper, put it perfectly:
“It’s like Scott Pilgrim (without comic bubbles) and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang had a film baby.”
I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought of Scott Pilgrim when she saw the film.
Oh a sidenote, the interview was way too long that the ending got cut off. That’s fine as it happens but the introduction and the pull quote in the print edition doesn’t have any context. So here’s what was cut off:
NK: The first day, my first scene, it was initially supposed to be me sitting on a couch smoking a bong and they were like “Oh we want it to be you naked on a toilet smoking a bong.” I was like ok. So the first scene that I filmed was me naked on a toilet. Andrew was like “To make you feel better, I’ll get naked.” I was like “You don’t need to do that,” and he did. He got naked.
BM: I remember I was in the living room watching and I was like “oh, what’s going on in the scene over there.” I open the bathroom and look over. Andrew’s just holding himself like this and his t-shirt down giving Nick notes. I was like what the hell is going on. No pants or anything.
Welcome to filmmaking.
BM: That’s what it is.
AD: I think I thought it would make you feel more comfortable, but in retrospect, I don’t know if that’s the way to make somebody feel comfortable.
Might be a little more awkward.
NK: In general in life from now on, if you see someone being uncomfortable, getting naked in front of them…
AD: …is not going to help.
NK: …may take their mind off of whatever. Whatever they’re thinking about.
There’s a lot of the interview that didn’t make the final draft because I had limited space. Maybe I’ll release that eventually. But without further ado, here’s the interview.
Q&A: Cast and Director of Searching for Sonny
by Sarah Vasquez
Originally published on Oct. 26, 2011
Austin Film Festival ends a week filled of film screenings, screenwriting panels, Johnny Depp and James Franco. Searching for Sonny, filmed in Fort Worth, held its world premiere on two nights of packed crowds during the festival. The comedic noir stars Jason Dohring (“Veronica Mars”), Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Lights”), and Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher (BriTANick). McElhaney, Kocher, and Andrew Disney, writer/director, sat down with UWeekly to talk about the film, what it was like working with some of the more familiar actors and the length Disney will go through to make his actors feel comfortable.