Director Adrian Tofei and his “Film for Anne”

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Adrian Tofei’s “Be My Cat: A Film For Anne” is being touted as the first Found Footage film in Romania, an appealing snag if I ever heard one. Not wanting to miss a first I checked out the trailer and synopsis. What struck me about the film, now completed and preparing for release, was it’s timely commentary on our obsession with celebrity. I had the pleasure of talking with Adrian about a great manor of things, and now dear reader I present the culmination of that talk.

DA: Your film is about a deep obsession with celebrity going far out of hand. As our world seems to get more and more caught up in everything celebrity, what truly inspired you to tackle such a timely issue? Also what about Anne Hathaway made you focus your character’s obsession on her?

AT: “The Monster” one-man-show that I wrote, directed, produced and played in 2012 was an early inspiration for the movie. The character I played in that theater show is obsessed with an actress and also has some issues with cats. Initially, my plan was to make a movie adaptation of “The Monster”, but then, as things evolved, I finally decided to make a movie with an entirely new, original story and keep only some of the psychological traits that my character in “The Monster” had. The actress of whom my character was obsessed in my one-man-show was a real Romanian actress, but the one of whom my character in the movie is obsessed needed to be a very high profile one, known by everybody worldwide! She also needed to have some connections with cats because of my character’s psychological traits related to cats. And she also needed to be an actress that I personally admire very much, because, since I was to be the one playing that guy obsessed with her, my genuine fascination with the actress would have boosted a lot the authenticity of my performance in the movie! So, Anne Hathaway had all the elements: 1. Oscar winning, worldwide known, glamorous movie star; 2. She played a great looking Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. 3. I personally was extremely impressed by her performance in “Les Miserables”.

DA: What was it like playing such an unhinged character on top of directing the film? What did you do to prepare for a role that really required you to proverbially swing all over the map of performance and nuance?

AT: I started at the beginning of 2013 to create in my real life the circumstances of this character’s life. I also merged at a psychological level my daily efforts in preparing this found footage movie and selecting the right actresses with my character’s daily efforts in preparing his found footage scenes (that he wants to send to Anne to convince her of his film-making skills) and selecting the right actresses for his scenes. In other words, I lived a lot in character since I started to work on this project, to the point where we needed during filming a switch to differentiate the fictional relation between the guy I play in the movie and the fictional actresses whom he directs on one hand, from the real relation between me and the real actresses that played the fictional actresses in the movie on the other hand. That switch was primarily a switch in the language: whenever we talked Romanian, we were the real us and when we switched to English and turned on the camera, that was the sign that we’re switching to our characters. I won’t go into details, because I’ve just wrote yesterday about this in the “Facts” section of the movie’s official website, where those who are interested in production insights can find out more: http://bemycatafilmforanne.com/facts/

DA:  Why the found footage format and what do you enjoy about working within the style?

AT: I will tell you what a non-found-footage film doesn’t have compared to a found footage one. When people watch a regular movie, there’s something in their subconscious mind telling them that what they watch is not real, because someone filmed those events, someone that had no place in those events and neither his/her camera! That’s why the audiences are able to see what they see: someone was there with a camera to film those scenes, a camera that was not part of the movie’s story! So, no matter how realistic  the performances and the direction, there will always be that subconscious thing reminding the viewer that it’s not real and this will stop him from empathizing in a total way with the events and the characters. But in a found footage film, the events are filmed by the characters in the movie! It is justified within those events that we are able to see them! Because the camera was part of those events, was part of the movie’s story! This way, if the acting and the directing are realistic, lifelike, there will be no element whatsoever to remind the audience that what they see is not real and they will totally empathize with the events and the characters! A lot of people don’t like found footage films because of the bad acting, but a found footage film with Oscar acting performances would be much more powerful than a non-found-footage film with the same Oscar performances!

DA:  What films would you say have influenced you most intimately over the years, and specifically what ff films do you feel define the genre?

AT: What I was a teenager, Stanley Kubrick’s ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968) opened my eyes towards the art of cinema and art in general! Before seeing that movie I was not interested in anything artistic, but after that… OMG… biiiig revelation!! Changed my life forever! Another film that showed me the power of film-making in talking about the meaning of existence is Ingmar Bergman’s ‘The Seventh Seal’ (1957). My first contact with total realism was in my high school years when I saw ‘The Blair Witch Project’ (1999). But at that time I didn’t understand the found footage concept at a professional level, the movie just had a very powerful effect on me without understanding the motifs. Only years after that, when I discovered Ion Cojar’s method acting in college, I began to make the connections and realized the huge potential of the found footage film-making concept! Other found footage films that have impressed and influenced me a lot are ‘Exhibit A’ (2007) and ‘Zero Day’ (2003). I was also very impressed by Ashley Bell’s performance in ‘The Last Exorcism’… the movie had some problems at the end, but I view Ashley’s performance as the greatest acting performance ever in a found footage film! I talked a lot more about the huge hidden potential of the found footage concept, its relation with Ion Cojar’s method acting and the found footage films that define the genre in my Found Footage Manifesto: http://bemycatafilmforanne.com/found-footage-manifesto/

DA: The future film makers and the indie spirits out there are so important to me. What advice would you give them, and what cautionary tales can you offer directly from your experiences making this film?

AT: This is my advice: 1. Try to figure out what is your greatest creative potential in this life, what is that thing that you would love to do for your entire life and do it like no other person! Is it acting? Is it directing? Is it writing? Is it producing?  More than one at the same time? Try and figure it out! 2. Dream! Dream daily about your goals! No matter how impossible they seem, never stop dreaming! 3. Think, make plans! Make plans on a daily bases to achieve your goals, no matter how impossible they seem! 4. Act! Act in order to achieve your goals! Take real life actions on a daily bases, take risks, don’t be afraid to make mistakes! 5. Constantly check to make sure that your daily actions are all aligned towards achieving your biggest dream! If not, make some changes in your life, change the course of your actions and align them with your goals! 6. The obstacles are not your enemies, they are your friends! They are not there to stop you from achieving your goals, they are there to show that the path may be wrong and that you may need to change it in order to achieve your goals!

You can check out the trailer for “Be My Cat: A Film for Anne” below.


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Recently Taylor Swift has released a new music video to her song , SHAKE IT OFF. The song is very catchy but it seems to stereotype every type of person in America, some way some how. I , myself do like Taylor Swift, but I think the country gimmick is gone.  Half of her songs on the last album weren’t even country . You be judge for youRself.

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Henry Cavill : FIRST ON SET PIC!

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This is one hell of a day for you guys who are interested in the new movie , BATMAN VS SUPERMAN : DAWN OF JUSTICE. Below we have the first on set pic of Henry Cavill as the Man Of Steel! Other pics online have been blurry, but this one has definition to it! Tell us what you think in the comments below! Are you ready for an epic showdown on the big screen??

 

 

 

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey,Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.

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See No Evil 2 : Movie Trailer

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Our friends ,the Soska Sisters, have made a horror movie sequel that will tear your eyes out.

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Here is the official plot line of the movie :

A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws. 

 

I was a fan of the first movie, it was creepy and edgy just like you would expect a “Kane” movie to be like. I am patiently awaiting to see how they bring him back to life. He died by flying out the window and getting his neck snapped. Anyways, I will def be watching this horror gem.

                                        As Always- Jack Saint

 


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Jack Attacks : Leprechaun – Origins

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As you know, Hollywood loves to remake classic movies. The original Leprechaun left me in fear of little people.  I really enjoyed the Leprechaun film saga. Though, they did kind of push it when they brought him to the hood, but it was funny to say the least. In case ya missed the 6 film saga, below is all of the movie trailers.

Now all these films were made for the horror fans, an now they want to revamp it a little bit. And I have nothing against remakes, but I just hate when the remakes are horrific. Here is the official plot line for the new movie:
Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.

Below is the trailer for the new movie , Leprechaun : Origins.

You be the judge, I really don’t know if it’s worth seeing. But as a horror fan, I might just watch it :-)

As Always- Jack Saint


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Game News : Ternion

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Here is a little info on Ternion:

Ternion is a shi-fi action/rpg game, takes place in the year 2142, you are a Soldier of !DTA organization. One day, Desert, the capitain of Ternion and leader of !DTA, gets accidentally infected by a virus, created to provide better performance in battle, it was still a prototype and they discovered that causes the destruction of brain cells, and thus leads to madness. His madness causes him to desire the destruction of every lifeful planet of the galaxy, so you, Fushiko and Yuki, start to rebel, going to any length to stop him and save the entire galaxy from a bad fate.- Ternion
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So this is a new rpg game that is coming out in the next year or so. I guess the main reason I am covering it, is well, I have been hired to voice the main character, Desert.  I auditioned and after a month of waiting I finally got the email that said I have been cast in the lead role.

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I will post more on this game as soon as I am allowed to release information.

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Jack Attacks : Devils Due

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Okay so some movies are creepy, and some movies are just scary. What happens when you get creepy and scary? Well , you get Devil Due! Here is the official plot line of Devils Due :

After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. (89 mins.)

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So this movie is beyond creepy. Imagine you’re the new parents of an unborn baby and some things just go terribly wrong. Well this is what happens in Devils Due. This movie is a great ‘found footage’ movie. It has all the aspects of scare tactics and everything that could go wrong in a pregnancy. They are giving birth to the Anti-Christ, surprise, surprise it’s a cult . Creepy and Suspenceful . I give this movie a 5/5 Stars!

 

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Three Questions With Shane Ryan

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Three Questions With is an on-going feature we will be posting from time to time with responses from various people to the same three questions.

Want to be featured? Contact us at Admin@FoundFootageFans.com.

Up next is Shane Ryan.  The lovable, but terrifying actor and brilliant filmmaker is the man behind and in front of the camera in the Amateur Porn Star Killer series, which hits DVD as a box set in September, the director of My Name is A By Anonymous, which also hits DVD in September, and one of the stars of Albert Pyun’s upcoming film The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper.

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What’s your favorite found footage film and why?

SR: I’m sure this is the one that everybody claims or everybody hates claiming because it’s so famous but I gotta go with The Blair Witch Project. It’s the first found footage film I ever saw and the way that I saw it was like a real found footage film, so it had tremendous effect, really changed my way of how I thought about film.

My cousin gives me this blank VHS tape around New Years (6 or so months before the movie hit theatres). I mean it was blank, no labels, no cover, nothing. He just says “watch this” with a grin. Me and my friend and her boyfriend put it on in the middle of the night. None of us had seen or heard of a found footage film. We were completely freaked, and even had to stop it half way through to go out for a drive and some pizza to calm ourselves. Came back, finished it, and we were all left traumatized. I don’t know if the film eventually had end titles or not but this one just went blank after you see the last shot. I didn’t use the internet then, though even if I had and searched online I don’t think there would have been any info on it at that point to verify it was fake.

So, that being my first experience, the way that it happened, how it landed into our hands, etc. It had one of the strongest, most life-changing responses, to how I viewed cinema. When the news came out that it was fake I had a blast taking my friend to see it who didn’t know. It was the kind of ongoing cinematic experience you treasure, and can only hope will happen again.

But now that I’ve seen a fair amount I gotta say Zero Day is probably the absolute best, the most important. I’ve only seen it once, however, along with Gang Tapes which I thought was great.

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What scares you the most – ghosts, aliens, demons, witches, trolls, monsters, big foot, gangs, thugs, crazy people, or any other person, place or thing that has been or could make a cool found footage film – and why?

SR: Aliens if done right, because who the hell knows what’s out there in this vast universe, and if its intentions with us would be good or bad. But I think real people are the most terrifying. Serial killers, crazy people, homeless. Good people with horrible thing done to them who have nothing to lose and become bad; that’d be a scary found footage film for me. I meet people like this a lot in real life, and many I can only hope I’d never catch them at the wrong time, when they’re on a high from whatever drug they use to escape. When they’re bi-polar or schizo thoughts kick in. I befriend lots of homeless people, sometimes give them rides, talk to them for hours, and usually I do this with ones I get good vibes from. But sometimes that crazy part of them kicks in and I can only imagine if they had a camera what they might capture that I don’t see in them when they’re amongst us during the day trying to act normal to scrape to get by.

Although sometimes they get crazy in broad daylight. One guy was sitting next to me and Kai Lanette at lunch and started sawing his arm off with glass right there at the restaurant. Was half way through his arm before we noticed because he did it so calmly, we weren’t paying attention even though he was 3 feet from us. They’ve been through a lot, or are already mentally ill, and that side comes out eventually, or regularly. And lots of people get hurt or killed. Or just die naturally right there on the street. One guy I knew died just behind the Circle K I regularly talked to him at just a couple of months ago. He was an alcoholic. Sweet guy, but old and homeless. Just died right there on the street. To know people go out like that, that’s just haunting. If that was a found footage movie, that would scare the shit out of me in a very depressing way.

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If a camera was to follow you around on an average day, what might we find out about you?

SR: Funny, I was just thinking how I am always nothing like what people assume I am based on my films. I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, don’t gamble, don’t do hookers (I was thinking about this when I was in Vegas as well since I couldn’t find anything to do yet the only traveling I consistently do is go to Vegas). I believe in peace and monogamy but make violent and sexual films. So, it might be depressing and boring. I don’t click with many people. My girlfriend recently dumped me. So, you might find me working on a film (mostly editing or on a computer), crying over how shitty life is, sucking it up and putting on a smile and trying to find positive strength again. Going online to try and get a date and realizing being 5’6 I might as well give up on life because girls “online” only date guys 6 feet or taller, regardless of how tall they are, or how big or small their boobs are (which I could care less about). Me cursing out loud to myself how superficial and disgusting women are these days (but mainly the online women, and I told myself I would never go online to find a date). Then going back to being positive about women and wanting to support women victims of whatever, and making PSA’s with my leftover footage from my trafficking film I never got to make to fight the cause.

See, I’m a little bi-polar myself, so it all makes sense. You’ll see me get frustrated with directing since I really only wanted to act since I was 5 years old. But then everybody will reject me for a part, even all of my own friends, so then I’ll get all pissy and say fuck this shit I’ll just make another movie, and it’s just kinda been a cycle my whole life. Aside from last week when I finally got the lead part in a film thanks to you. Hmm, so I have no idea what kind of found footage my life would be. I have been trying to get out a lot more. Keep smiling (as I will quote what Kevin Gage always says to me, it’s actually great simple effective advice that I’ve been trying to apply).

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