Posted at 5:47 PM on April 20, 2009
by Euan Kerr
It's a while till their screening, but Wyatt McDill and Megan Huber are getting pumped for their screening of "Four Boxes" at the MSPIFF. They have been in Los Angeles for a few weeks.
McDill says like may first time feature makers they got "Four Boxes" made by calling in a lot of favors. Now they are working on their next film.
"The second one you need real money for and so that's what we were doing in LA, we trying to figure out where the money is buried," he says with a smile.
McDill and Huber came in to talk about their movie for a feature we'll air closer to the screening on Wednesday April 29th. (Another local screening is likely in the near future too.)
"Four Boxes" is described as a 'Rear Window for the internet age,' a thriller about three friends who become obsessed with the strange things they witness on an internet voyeur site.
McDill says while it was fun to do the movie's world premiere at SXSW, the MSPIFF screening is a big deal.
"It's hugely important psychically because this was where the film came into being." he says. "This is where we wrote it this is where we set it, this is where we filmed it. There are probably hundreds of people who have chipped in to make the film a reality and now we get to show them the film."
The film was made on a shoe string using a script which Huber says was written carefully so they could really make it using available resources. She admits they only got it all cast two days before the shoot started.
"Some would say that was last minute," she laughed.
McDill says it was remarkable how whenever they needed help people not only were willing, but really knew how.
"Not a lot of movies get made in Minneapolis, not a ton of features, which is actually a shame because the abilities are here to make a lot more features," he says. "Everybody knows how to do it it seems, everywhere we went everybody pitched in and I think we were lucky to exploit people's desire to be more creative in their jobs."
The next film they say will be a little more ambitious, but McDill says they are committed to making movies in Minnesota.
"The creativity is here and the passion is here, all we need now are the film projects," he says.