This film was penned over a 48 hour period. I remember once reading in an interview with Ben Gibbard that “the best songs tend to come out in the shortest span of time” or something to that effect. I think that this holds true with “Conversations”, it feels like I didn’t have to force anything, it just sort of flowed naturally and it comes across as so. At least so says me.
This film, like many of my others is basically a hybrid of myself and those around me. To not get totally lost in a fantasized fiction I like to make my main characters have similarities to me. Hence, Vera being a singer/songwriter. This seemed like a great excuse to have some musical numbers in the film but ended up being a bit of a challenge having to find an actor who could play guitar and sing. But of course, Regina Efendieva came through in all departments.
The “Dream Song” was written specifically for this film but I later decided to rearrange it and record it for my EP “Fall In Love” that I put out last November (2015).In the film the song is a much more stripped down version, with of course only Regina’s vocals.
Aleksandra Maslennikova, who plays the cynical friend Marina initially was a different character. A worse character. Aleksandra added a certain sort of sophisticated assholery to the character that made her actions in the film even more diabolical. The accent definitely helped.
Kate, the younger, optimistic friend in the dynamic was played by Laurel Brady who definitely brought a lot of colour to the character.
Florian Francois WAS Jean Claude.
This film took 2 days to shoot. One day for interiors and another for the back patio.
We shot chronologically and most of the shots were done in long takes, so the days were pretty short.
The project took much longer in post production that originally anticipated. Because the film is very dialogue heavy, it was important to get the pacing just right in the final cut. Producing and arranging the score was an important element of the film too, as a major theme of the story was the music.
All in all, I think this might have been my most straightforward narrative to date, which in itself was a challenge.
I can only hope people are able to extract something out of this story. Whether it be optimistic or not. I think there are many different sides to a coin than just the two and I think ultimately that’s what “Conversations” is about.