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“Greg Loves a Human” is a compelling and creative narrative

Greg and Jeff are two ghouls, scrambling to find a last minute human sacrifice. Jeff’s mind is on the job, but Greg’s heart is on a girl.

If you’d like more information about the film, you can visit the film’s Facebook page. 

Q/A with Michael Pottle

1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?

I was in a creative rut and hadn’t written or directed for the longest stretch since finishing film school. It was a very spontaneous production. From the initial story idea to completed film with sound design, score and coloring, the entire process only took about 7 months. The story shifted a lot in a very short amount of time. Once I settled on what exactly the supernatural element of the film was going to be, everything else fell into place. I knew it was going to be set in the suburbs around Halloween and that it would draw visually from a lot of horror films, but I also knew my writing was focused heavily on some personal experiences I was working through at the time. It seemed like an interesting idea to tell a fairly sentimental, character-driven drama through the lens of horror tropes and visuals. The main goal was to tell a short story that felt like a full journey for our main character, rather than just being a quick glimpse or a story reliant on a big twist.

2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?

Writing and editing are certainly the most satisfying aspects of production because you get a clear end product when you’re finished, but the process is really challenging and grueling. The most enjoyable part of filmmaking for me has to be problem solving on set and working with actors. So many tiny problems or situations will pop up on set that require a level of creative thinking that’s really exciting. On this particular project, I was really lucky to have the actors I did, and digging through the script and playing with the scenes was really fun. We finished our shoot with the last scene of the film. There was no dialogue but we still discussed so much about the characters beforehand and our leading men Ben and Xavier were able to communicate so much emotion on screen without using any words. There was even a strange layer of smoke in the air that night, the atmosphere was perfect and everything came together. It was very cathartic.

3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?

I’m influenced heavily by the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, David Lynch and Richard Linklater. I love physical and surreal comedy. (Harmony Korine, John Waters, Coen Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, etc.) Lately I’ve been obsessing with “Putney Swope” by Robert Downey Sr. and this short film by Evan Prosofsky called “Waterpark.” I don’t know what it is about it, but I’ve been watching it weekly. “Greg Loves a Human” was definitely a more dramatic film than I usually like to write so I found myself drawing less on my usual comedic inspirations. Visually, it was influenced by films like A “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Halloween” and “Blue Velvet.” I knew our shooting locations and that we’d be filming during October, so the visual elements came together very naturally. I knew I wanted the film to feel melancholic and calm while still have an ominous undertone in the dark lighting, music and sound design.

4. What is your favorite film?

Brian DePalma’s “Phantom of the Paradise.”

“Greg Loves a Human” is the fifth regional film of the evening on Saturday, August 26.

2017 MWFF TICKET INFORMATION

Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.

These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event.Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.

For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.

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