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Naomi / March 31st, 2016

We had the amazing opportunity to interview Ryan Lacen, writer and director of The Dust Storm. Thanks again for this!

1. The movie was shot in a very short amount of time, how difficult was it to do all of that?

It was definitely challenging! A lot of independent films with a limited budget have a shooting schedule of around 18 days, we had to create the same magic and capture the honesty of the film in 12 shooting days. We had an amazing crew led by DP Tim Sutherland that moved quickly to make this accomplishable as well as a stellar lead cast with Colin and Kristen. They were challenged with shooting over seven pages a day and showed up every day prepared to take on each and every scene. We
rarely had to do a second take due to one of the cast not knowing a line.

2. Colin is singing and playing the guitar in the movie. Where and when was the first time you heard his musical talents before casting him?

It was important to us in the casting process to not only find the right actors that could bring the characters to life but to also discover the perfect actor – that could sing and play a guitar. We were sold on Colin from the first time we heard him read a scene from the Dust Storm but we hadn’t heard
him sing before. So our amazing casting director Jessica Sherman sent us over some links of him playing the guitar and singing – and we knew – we had our Brennan! We ended up recording the songs for the film in a unique recording studio in Nashville, a spot that Elvis had once recorded songs at. Colin, whose
very raw and honest in his musical sense, could’ve approached the title track (written by music supervisor Kat Meoz) in various directions, but he let the music guide him and the emotion poured through the mic. This same song is heard both acoustically and accompanied by a band in the film.

3. The soundtracks sounds absolutely amazing! Most artists are from Nashville, how important was that aspect?

The soul of the movie is the connection between the two characters of Brennan and Nora, but the heartbeat of the film is its music. Finding the perfect sound and balance was a fun task of us being able to explore and see various local musicians and groups. The film wasn’t written to be in Nashville but once we chose the city as the location it became a strong character which made it important to us to be as authentic in our musical casting as possible. Many of the artists are actually in the film as well, such as Feedback Revival, Morgan Myles, Lost Dog, Kari and Billy, Grit and Startisan to name a few.

4. What do you like the most about Nashville?

Besides the amazing food we’d have to say the – people. Filmmaking is such a collaborative process and we couldn’t have accomplished this feat without the talented and giving local crew, cast, background artists and opening hands of the city that took us in. Normally, on a lot of films, when you shoot out of town you stay in a hotel – but we (our editor, 1st AD, Costume Designer, Producer, Music Supervisor and both Anthony and Myself) decided to rent a house in East Nashville. Being surrounded by a friendly community, it made us feel like home – and there is nothing betterthan getting to spend your whole day making a movie and having a wrap drink in one of the million incredible spots with live music.

5. What’s the funniest thing that happened on set? Any bloopers you can share?

We were filming in a small cramped motel room, so we had to have video village with our directors monitors in – the bathroom. So we crammed myself and the co-director Anthony as well as the script supervisor into the bathtub to watch the intimate scene on the monitor. After I called action I wait for Colin to enter the room with flowers – but on this particular take –the door swings open for this disheveled Dude (our Assistant Director Kyler) who walks in with the flowers – gives a smug look to Nora (Kristen) and a head nod, then says “Oooops Wrong Room”… Then he walks out! We all sat in the bathtub laughing, only to find out – Colin set up the whole moment.

6. When do you think the movie will be out and will we be able to buy it on DVD? And where will it be released?

We have a few more film festival screenings, before we solidify the release date. We wanted to make sure that the company that took on the film were going to be able to get it to the widest audience possible.

7. What is your favourite scene of the movie?

Personally I love the “Bathroom” scene with Brennan and Nora… It is rather, unexpected — which you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see the film.

8. What did you like most about filming this movie?

The script was a very personal film, so to see it come to life by these actors was truly amazing. Making the film was both a life changing experience as well as the hardest thing Anthony and I have ever done. The obstacles and challenges were constant but to see the vision created in front of the lens was worth every difficult moment.

9. What was your experience working with Colin?

I’ve worked with a lot of actors in my career and I can’t say enough wonderful things about Colin. He took a chance on first time filmmakers and was a very generous actor to not only us but to his co-stars. Colin comes prepared and before he ever steps foot on set, he knows every quirk of the character he embodies. He’s also very funny with an often dry sense of humor that takes you off guard.

10. Did you always plan or want Colin to fill the role of Brennan?

We wanted to go into casting with an open mind, to allow us to discover and find the perfect fit for the cast. With that said, we definitely had a vision of who the characters were in our mind – which actually fit with not only the performance that Colin brought into his choice of performance but down to his mannerisms and look.

11. What inspired you to write this story?

The true inspiration for this story just came from… life. I think most of us can reflect on what it’s like to love someone then lose them. The idea of “what if” always kind of lingers and I wanted to explore the idea of what would happen if you got to spend one weekend with this person – would love be reignited or would the trials of our past haunt us enough to destruct the relationship for good? I’m a romantic at heart and always feel that there is something to be said for the people that linger on our mind.



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Colin O’Donoghue is an Irish actor/musician. He was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland on January 26th, 1981. He is best known for his role as Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time and his role as Michael Kovak in the Rite.

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Once Upon A Time
Colin as Hook/Killian Jones
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'Once Upon a Time' tells the story of a new world, one in which fairy tales and modern-day life collide.

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Colin as Peter
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After the loss of her family, a young woman struggles to survive in a world long-since destroyed by disease; but when a lonely traveler offers her a place in his community, she must decide if the promise of a better life is worth the risk of trusting him.
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