Director Interview – South of Heaven (2008)
I sat down recently with Lyle Goodwin, a friend of mine who directed, produced, and starred in his production South of Heaven. It is an extremely small budget movie, made for approximately $4,000. I had a brief interview with him, discussing the film, the difficulty making it, etc. Read below.
At the bottom are links to the IMDB page, and to the Facebook fan group (where you can find pictures and video from the film.)
What is your favorite genre of film, and do you enjoy making films in this genre specifically?
I tend to prefer action and horror movies; and yes, I feel more confident and strong working in those genres.
Your favorite films specifically?
My top favorite films would be Avenging Force (1986), Halloween 2 (1981), and American Ninja (1985).
My favorite stars would be Michael Dudikoff, Sylvester Stallone, and Chuck Norris.
What were your favorite childhood movies?
They would be King of the Kickboxers (1990) and again, Avenging Force (1985).
How difficult was it to produce this with such an extremely small budget, in a small town? What was the hardest aspect of shooting?
With out money it becomes extremely difficult . The right cast must be selected not only because they are the right ones for the film, but because they are the ones who are willing to work for next to nothing.
In the city your locations become much more surreal. Your story alone can radically change because of all the locations you have available to you. However in a small town you become limited; and you have to be careful with where you’re shooting because your locations can start to look the same.
The hardest aspect? I will have to say trying to keep the film looking larger than it actually was. Because the budget was only $4000.00 and one tries to make it look like at least $500,000.00. You don’t have any extra money to throw at a problem you have to think differently, be creative.
How do you feel the film turned out? Is there anything you would change?
I think the film turned out reasonable well. Any filmmaker will tell you that there is always something you want to change, but this is necessary. This gives the filmmaker the urge to make the film better.
There are only a couple of scenes that I would change; not because they are bad, just because the scope looks a bit small for the overall film. I pretty much accomplished what I was trying to accomplish, anything I might want to change would just be small things in action sequences, so no whole entire scenes.
Was it difficult to get people to help you with this? How did they do?
The help I received for this film was unbelievable. They went far beyond what I wanted from them or would dare ask of them. I would not hesitate to hire them on again for it.
What is your best memory from shooting the movie?
My best memory? The actual filming itself, the exchange of ideas, the comradeship, and watching the rushes after the scenes were shot.
How long have you been interested in movies as a medium? Any completed projects before “South of Heaven”?
I began making short films at fourteen. Most of them are extremely unwatchable but were cool learning experiences. The camera we used was plugged into a VCR and had to be dragged everywhere. Over the years we beat the thing apart to the point that the only way it stayed together was with duct tape, elastics, bubble gum and faith.
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