Film: The Sweetest Thing
Writer/Producer: Greig Stevens
What is your film about? Who are the characters?
My film is a romantic comedy about two strangers sitting in a Dublin café. Kieran, an awkward, bookish, nervous type is sitting at a table next to Joanna, who is a beautiful, confident but reserved woman reading her book. Through a series of sugar-cube messages on Kieran’s table it becomes clear that someone in the café is either playing a practical joke on him or is perhaps trying to be a romantic matchmaker.
Can you describe a typical day on set/Best experience during the making of the film?
We had one day only to make the film so casting and location were important. As we were making a comedy and it was a first-time experience for most of us, I felt it was very important to have a relaxed atmosphere. This allowed the actors scope to experiment. For example during the film, Mark Griffin (Kieran) coughs and splutters while taking a sip of coffee. At first I assumed Mark did this by accident but he repeated it again and again for all the different shots. It sounds stupid but I had a eureka moment of ‘ahhh, he’s acting!’ So for me, seeing my script brought to life by the cast like that was just amazing. Karen Killeen (Joanna) and Ann-Marie O’Connor (The Waitress) did a wonderful job with the other characters. I was blessed really to have such a talented cast
Who is your biggest influence?
Probably the Coen buy valium online Brothers because they write, direct and produce their own films. When you go to see a Coen Brothers movie, you have absolutely no idea how it will end because they do not follow the well-trodden formulas to filmmaking — and that is very impressive.
What is your favourite film?
So many but if I was to pick one then probably ‘American Graffiti’ which was co-written and directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola. It stars a young Richard Dreyfus, Ron Howard and Harrison Ford. The film is set in California in the early 60’s and mixes music, sound and visuals to tell a coming-of-age-story. Total class.
What are your plans for the future/Whats your next step?
I have just been accepted on to the Filmbase Master’s programme so I plan to use what I have learnt so far and make a feature film. I am also in the middle of producing a short sci-fi comedy film about a young couple who get badly involved in the 1990’s telecoms revolution.
Advice for people who have just picked up a camera and want to make a movie?
That’s easy. Be yourself and make a film about what you know and care about. Everyone has a unique story to tell and it doesn’t have to be anything radical like walking to the Arctic. I found inspiration in a coffee shop. So I wrote about that. Isn’t that what most of Spielberg’s movies are about — ordinary people being thrown into extraordinary circumstances?