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Director / CrewIamA guy that made a movie called SPLIT, an indie romcom about bowling - not the big budget horror movie of the exact same name AMA!

Apr 17th 2017 by juddcusack • 19 Questions • 341 Points

We pulled together a little money and shot a boy-meets-girl bowling movie in 2012, released it in 2016, only to find out M.Night was releasing a multiple personalities horror movie just a few months later. It has been and continues to be a pretty hilarious ride, AMA!

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Q:

Hi Do you think about changing the name of the film after the Shyamalan film was released? Admittedly, I have seen a bit of your film but I was genuinely looking for the Shyamalan one, I know this will have happened somewhere before but I just wanted to confess. :~P

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We'd already been out in the world for several months by the time his came out, so that was never really an option. We're really happy with the title of our movie given the subject matter and were on the public record long before their movie was even announced. Ha and no worries! So many people have that same story, we appreciate you giving us a few minutes :-)


Q:

Well, I'll watch the whole thing now, thank you! :~)

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thank YOU!


Q:

The exact same thing happened to me but i managed to watch over an hour of your film before i noticed a distinct lack of Macavoy. On the whole i tbought it was pleasant, some good jokes.

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Haha thank you kindly! Always nice to hear


Q:

So do you just leave it streaming at home on several computers 24/7 to drive up your revenue?

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Why didn't I think of that??


Q:

Can you get into RedBox, on demand plays on Vimeo and YouTube and Amazon, $1.99 to 2.99 on demand on cable and satellite pay per views, small art house theaters, small cities and towns that have old theatres with 1,2,3 5 screens maximum?

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I bet we could probably, and our great distribution team is still working on a lot of that as I type. Theatrical would be great but likely whenever you see small movies in tiny theatres like that, they've paid to do something called "four walling" their project, where it seems like a great thing but really it's just like throwing an expensive party for your movie just to say you had a "theatrical run" somewhere. I'm personally opposed to this practice just because my obligation to our investors will always come before all else when it comes to making financial decisions. We'll be just fine with these numerous digital outlets, but that said I certainly wouldn't kick a Redbox or theatre offer to the curb if it made good money sense and got more eyes onto our movie!


Q:

What is your opinion of the bowling classic "King Pin"? Love it, like it, dislike it, hate it?

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LOVE IT, clearly. It's just a great comedy. Is it a touch insulting to the sport and those that live/love it? Possibly. But getting mad at comedy is just making the joke on you right? It's a funny movie with bowling as a major part of the story, I'm all in. You guys and your ten frames...


Q:

Have you ever picked up a 7-10?

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Oh man I wish! The great irony of the whole thing is that I'm not terribly good at bowling myself.


Q:

Are you good at terribly bowling?

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YES! That I excel at.


Q:

Do you have any directorial advice?

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Surround yourself with a lot of people that you get along with really well and also just happen to be the best at what they do. They'll become your support system and you'll all just thrive on making each other look good!


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How did you keep set control on a small-indie film?

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Just keep your cool and stay honest, things will get crazy from time to time but if you've picked your cast and crew well it'll all just be fun stories by the end.


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Leaving aside actual creative choices, what's one lesson you learned from this process that would be helpful to a guy or girl like you who is making their own SPLIT?

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FINISH. So many things will come along throughout the process that will make it seem like everything is working against you, but if there's one lesson I learned not only by going through it myself but from listening to all of the incredible advice I received from so many supporters along the way, no matter what: maintain your vision and finish your movie. Tell your story, get it out into the world.


Q:

Who is your Daddy and what does he do?

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Ah haha IT'S NOT A TUMA! But really my dad is a retired GE assembly plant worker down in Kentucky, he enjoys long walks and westerns


Q:

Who is your Daddy and what does he do?

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Woo boy... no. WAIT THOUGH: does that happen in the mysterious other 'Split' that came out in 2016? I've heard it's out there


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A:

Now this is a very interesting and great question. Initially what I want to say is in reference to a lot of things you wouldn't see necessarily, but hear. I'd go back and dedicate a lot more money to sound design, mix and polishing the sound work throughout the movie. Another thing that jumps to mind is that if we'd had unlimited money to start, you'd be seeing a lot more of a "name" cast in the lead roles. That said though, now that things have come together the way they have I wouldn't change a single performer. The music would be quite a bit more familiar to you as well, but again I think a lot of the challenges that come with micro budget movie making are exactly the things that end up making your movie great. Each song is perfect where it is to me. Next up: waffles are almost always gonna win for me, but there's a place in Connecticut that makes the most outrageous chocolate chip pancakes they're hard to pass up. Same with a few other specialty pancake spots. As for what's next: I'm working on a kind of unique spin on an old horror comedy story, the script for that is coming together nicely and we should be looking for funding by the end of this year. In the meantime, I'm producing a documentary with a friend about Moby-Dick fans called 'Call Us Ishmael' (he won't let me call it 'Dickheads') so keep an eye out for that soon too!


Q:

What should I be doing right now if I want to break into independent film? I studied film but have no idea how the industry works.

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Get out there and find something that's shooting near you, immerse yourself in it. Surround yourself with people that are doing what you want to be doing! Be dependable and friendly, and things will just keep going from there just watch.


Q:

It didn't seem like a dying sport when I was trying to get a lane last week.

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Zing!


Q:

Why didn't you make the main character speak more movies quotes?

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Haha I love this! Trust me, if I'd completely had my way from day one the whole movie would be wall-to-wall movie quotes.


Q:

Do you watch you professional bowling on TV?

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Oh I love it, so much. Every chance I get I'm watching, and I love to attend live when I can.


Q:

The 3-10 is actually a relatively easy split.

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Also my day is going just fine! Just getting started honestly, thank you for asking. Planning on spending a few hours doing this then it's off to a screening of a friend's project later tonight. How about you?