Ed and Rooster's Great Adventure won Best Feature Film - Between $5000 - $10,000 Award in the 10th Season of MP Film Award Lucy A. Fazely Director of the Film Ed and Rooster's Great Adventure agree to interview with us.
Lucy A. Fazely: Born in Hawaii and raised in Michigan, Lucy Fazely fell in love with the written word writing to pen pals in grade school. After a stint in the US Air Force, she received an associate degree andobtained a screenwriting certificate from UCLA Extension. Her films and screenplays have won or placed in over 90 contests, including being a quarterfinalist in both Nicholl’s and PAGE Awards for her screenplay “The Good Book”. She has had five feature options and six short films produced. Short film “Penny from Heaven” and the web series “Seagull Stories” were Lucy’s first foray into producing and directing.
About the Film: Synopsis: Ed and Rooster's Great Adventure Film Synopsis:
Two gulls find a portal into alternate realities.
What was your drive behind making this film?
Lucy A. Fazely: When I first started shooting short content I found working with actors limited my time to shoot. I started aiming the camera at the gulls on the beach downtown. I was intrigued by their personalities and antics. From this I created the YouTube web series “Seagull Stories.” Instead of doing a second season of the web series, my team and I decided to create a feature film starring Ed and Rooster.
How do you feel when you are awarded with the MP FILM AWARD Award?
Lucy A. Fazely: Honored! Thank you!
Can you tell us about the greatest moment during shooting this film?
Lucy A. Fazely: I particularly enjoyed shooting in Florida, since I’m in Michigan. I’d been asked to be on a screenwriting panel in Dothan, AL. On that trip I snuck down to PCB a couple of days to shoot gulls. It was unbelievably hot and humid, but I was thrilled to get the shots I needed.
How rigorously did you stick to the script while shooting?
Lucy A. Fazely: Not very. My co-writer, Chris Bieszk, and I wrote the script based on what we were sure I could get footage for. The script was adjusted as I edited the footage.
Where there any onset problems During the filming of the film & how did you deal with it?
Lucy A. Fazely: The gulls were not always eager to work. Even tempting them with food at times, didn’t work. On those days, it was easier to shoot B-roll and hope the gulls would be more cooperative the next day.
Do you have any advice for young filmmakers out there? Or like yourself?
Lucy A. Fazely: Just do it! I was limiting myself to shooting short content when I spoke with a couple at a film festival. They said there was no excuse not to make a feature film.
Do you think it is essential to go to a film institute in order to become a successful filmmaker?
Lucy A. Fazely: No. Although, you do have to understand story telling. I got my screenwriting certificate through UCLA’s online Writer’s Program.
Which film has inspired you the most?
Lucy A. Fazely: I love “Two Weeks Notice”. It has great use of subtext. Also, “Yesterday” (2019) because of its wonderful humor.
Which particular filmmaker has influenced you the most?
Lucy A. Fazely: I’m not sure there is any one in particular.
Which book would you love to make a film out of one day?
Lucy A. Fazely: It’s my hope to someday make “She Dared to Dream”, a script I co-wrote with Mary Althaver, based on Mary’s book “Shaky Apron Strings.” It is a biography about how her mother put herself through college during the great depression.
If you got the opportunity to go back in time & change something in any particular movie of yours, then which movie & what changes will you opt for?
Lucy A. Fazely: If I had a bigger budget I would have spent more on color correction, polishing, and special effects on Ed and Rooster’s Great Adventure.
If you were to shoot the film again, what would you do differently?
Lucy A. Fazely: I would have liked to have drone shots of the gulls in flight.
What is your greatest achievement till date?
Lucy A. Fazely: Ed and Rooster’s Great Adventure
How do you pick yourself up after a failed film?
Lucy A. Fazely: Keep working and moving forward. Don’t look back.
Where our viewers can catch you (share your social media)?
Lucy A. Fazely: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=seagull%20stories
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