What are the challenges and rewards of making an independent sci-fi movie?
Another big challenge is developing the script so that the scenes are both contained and dynamic. There are many times when you want a scene to take place in a bigger place with more people, but have to work together to keep it contained and practical. It’s been a real learning experience for me because as a writer, I quickly go into the larger budget world, so it’s wonderful to be challenged to make the story dynamic without the flash.
You and your husband Michael are a filmmaking team who live and work in LA but you began your film careers and educations in Michigan. Thriller! Chiller! says Welcome home!Tell us about how your connection to the state of Michigan has influenced you as a storyteller (or not)?
Do you continue to have a connection with the filmmaking scene here in Michigan?
One thing I find very interesting about the story (written by Michael Judd and Daniel Peretti) is that “Own Worst Enemy” is not only a time travel movie with lots of mystery and intrigue and comedy for sci-fi fans, but it also has a deeper desire is to tell the story of relationships with others and with ourselves. Jealousy, love, and neurosis that come out of being wrapped up in competition and success, and the tendency to focus the wrong things that don't help us meet our goals and only fail us when we lose what we already have. I like that it's story that is equally about both the male and female points of view.
Are these some of the reasons that you wanted to tell this story, or did these themes emerge later as part of the collaborative process of filmmaking?
Do you have plans for a next project?
Mike and I are also working on a dark comedy/thriller that definitely have two strong leads, one male and one female as well as a lighter comedy that also involves a strong male and female lead. As always, it’s all about which one comes together first.