Requiem Preview Q&A

Ashlyn Korpak, Staff Writer

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Film: Requiem

Producer: Jack Treiber

1.) What theme would you consider your film? 

“Action adventure with a hint of internal sadness/conflict/emotion.”

2.)  Can you give a brief overview of the plot of your film?

“The son of two deceased parents gets the unfortunate news that the case has been closed with a lack of any lead and funds; he takes it upon himself to find out what happened to them.”

3.) What inspired the storyline?

“The original thought came from a few friends, and as we continued to develop the story, the plot took lots of twists and turns, and turned out very well.”

4.)  Through your film, what message are you conveying to your audience?

“Good prevails through the face of evil, and help doesn’t always end in the way you might think/want.”

5.) How is your film different than others being shown?

“The storytelling through dialogue as well as the cinematography. This being our (Shane Sebuck and I) film we have definitely learned a lot from our mistakes and our successes as well.”

6.) Can you provide details of your filming/editing process?

“We filmed on four of five different days, trying to film as chronologically as possible to help the actors. We had some very long days filming from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to get the bulk of the filming done and then went back to film for a few hours on a couple other days to touch up missing pieces in the storyline. As far as editing goes, it was a similar process. Shane and I would lay out all our video clips, and with our storyboard and script nearby, we just threw down the main story and then once we saw what we had we knew what we were missing and would need to go back to re-film or add to explain anything more. After doing a rough cut edit we would go back and color correct to get the best base look and then color grade to attempt at achieving any look to alter the mood that that moment in the story is trying to portray. Audio and music are another stories but all in all, it was about a week full of days editing for long periods of time. When you’re editing time definitely flies by.”

7.) How did you pick your actors/actresses?

“Mostly based on dedication. We needed people who were willing to put in extensive work and enthusiasm and those people usually end up being your friends. Joe Freihofer was featured in our last year’s film so we were someone we knew we could rely on and then Owen Courcy was also someone we knew was enthusiastic about being in it. Also very fortunate to have Mitchell Banks and Veronica Paige to help, two people who have done a lot of acting and were overall good people to have around.”

8.) What can your audience expect to get out of your film?

“A better film from last year. One that is much more developed through the dialogue and interactions with the characters. A little less action packed but an overall better story and better film from our last years Fire Squad.”

9.) What was your favorite part of the creation process?

“I’d say The bonding I’ve had with Shane. Through FX we have spent a lot of time together and doing this with him has been a blast. Though I see myself as controlling sometimes this wouldn’t be achievable without the two of us, being, for the most part, like-minded and just feeding off each other with ideas and what have you. We both come into FX unknowing of where it would lead us and now we are both going into media based majors for college, something that might’ve not happened if we didn’t have each other to encourage one another.”

10.) How do you hope your audience will react?

“To be honest, I don’t want to expect anything, I know we have made a lot of progress from last year as far as storytelling goes so anything like last year’s outcome would be pleasing to me. I’m not someone who loves the spotlight but the encouragement from those who come to see the films and let us know what they thought is super cool to me.”

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