We took some time out with the creative artists from this issue of Waylines. Through their own words, find out the story behind their stories.

David Halpert
AUTHOR OF "THE ELEVATOR MAN"

What was the inspiration for The Elevator Man?

I began writing The Elevator Man shortly after Rob Ford was elected the mayor of Toronto, a mayor who in the three years since being elected has been accused of smoking crack cocaine, been filmed drunk at several public events, threatened to substantially cut the city’s library budget, and outright refuses to march in the annual gay pride parade. Yet in the face of all this controversy he still remains mayor. This story is largely a tribute to him. It also was a great personal challenge for me because I wrote the entire story on my iPhone.

What works inspire you, as a writer?

I’ll admit that when it comes to contemporary science fiction my short story knowledge is severely lacking, but as far as classic short fiction goes anything J.G. Ballard, Harlan Ellison, and Gene Wolfe can do no wrong.
David Halpert
What are you currently working on? Where can we find more David Halpert?

I’m currently searching for a literary agent to represent my debut science fiction novel, which I hope to turn into a series. I’m also currently writing the third novel in that series. In the meantime those interested in my work can read my second published short story, “That Blasts the Roots of Trees is My Destroyer” at SQ Mag, Issue 10.

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Samantha
Kymmell-Harvey
AUTHOR OF "CADENCE"
What is the story behind this story?

The inspiration for the story really came from two different sources. First, my choir director chose "Song to the Moon" for us to sing for our winter concert. The song is from the point of view of a rusalka singing to the moon to bring her the man she loves. The lyrics and haunting arrangement grabbed me. I was completely taken with this romantic idea of a killer siren who pines away for the love she'll never have. Of course, my story actually twists this idea around quite a bit. My second source of inspiration came from a trip to Austria and Hungary with my husband. We toured the opera houses of Vienna and Budapest. I learned that the elite attended the opera because it was a chance to mingle, gossip, and make new social connections. Emperor Franz Josef and his wife Elisabeth were very much involved in opera culture during the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

  Samantha Kymmell-Harvey
Why write?

Because I can't imagine not writing. I was always that kid under the covers with the flashlight reading well past my bedtime because I had to know what happened next. When I started writing stories, I realized I loved crafting those same moments for my readers and imagining new worlds and characters. I love music as well, though. Singing is a close second to writing.

What are you currently working on? Where can we find more Samantha Kymmell-Harvey?

I've got a few projects going on. First, I have a YA novel that I'm working on. As for short stories, I am finishing rewrites for the stories I wrote while attending the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

You can find more Samantha Kymmell-Harvey in Lacuna Journal of Historical Fiction, Fantastique Unfettered, and Underneath the Juniper Tree magazines. Or you can check out my blog: http://samanthakymmell-harvey.blogspot.com/

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Team Contre Temps
DIRECTORS OF "CONTRE TEMPS"




What was the inspiration behind Contre Temps, the story behind the story?

Originally, two students ( Thibaud and Camille ), were selected as authors for this project. But at that time the only thing we had was the wish to make a tale taking place in an underwater city. So there was no real story.

From this, the challenge for all the team was to create a nice story and a strong atmosphere.

We started together like that, trying to mix our creative desires to build something poetic and mysterious.

How long did all this take? Are there any juicy production tales you'd like to talk about?

We took four months for all the animation; we started the matte paintings a bit earlier, and finished both at the same time.

Concerning the score for the film, we had lots of difficulties to find the right mood and style of music for each part of the movie. So we did some editing in their proposition to show the muscians what we wanted. It was a great collaboration and it was a pleasure to work with them.

The sound design, however, was done ourselves throughout the production. We recorded a big part of what you can hear in the movie. We really wanted to take proper care of the sound. We tried to create a specific and different world and the sound was really a big deal to make that believable.

What are your plans for the future?

We are for now all working around Europe, for animation,advertising or video game companies. All of us still have a lot of things to see and learn, and hopefully keep the same passion for creating stories and universes such as in Contre Temps.

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Christopher Frey
DIRECTOR OF "EXPLOSIONS"
What was the inspiration behind Explosions, the story behind the story?

I wanted to create an inexplicable scenario- something that would seem foreign and create a sense of wonder.  I was also referencing Christian eschatology; namely, the Rapture.  The Rapture is a term used to describe Christ's supposed return to earth, where people will literally ascend to meet God, while others will be left behind.  I wanted to infuse the piece with this notion, as well as elements of Eastern philosophy and theology, especially the idea of a non-violent, transcendental "Explosion".  An explosion of the inner self as opposed to the body.  I was also interested in the power of iconography, both religious and secular.  One of my aims was to fetishise certain objects (such as streetlights) to the point where they would transform from objects to icons.  Unlike certain established icons, I wanted to leave the "meaning" of these newly created icons open to interpretation.

 
We heard you handled many roles making Explosions. Just what exactly did you do (and how was it juggling all the roles)?

Yes, that’s true. I wrote, produced, directed, edited, did the majority of the visual effects and colour graded the film. I composed and produced the music too. It was very challenging juggling the roles, but I wanted to see how much I could do myself, and didn’t have the budget to hire people to fill these roles so didn’t really have a choice!

How long did it take to create Explosions? Are there any juicy production tales you'd like to talk about?

We shot over 5 days, and the post production took approximately 6 months. The shoot went quite smoothly, so no juicy stories unfortunately. Just many late nights working in front of a Mac.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently in pre-production on my next short film “Suitcase” Here’s a link to the crowdfunding page: www.pozible.com/suitcase

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Trevin Matcek
DIRECTOR OF "LIFE BEGINS AT REWIREMENT"
What was the inspiration behind Life Begins at Rewirement, the story behind the story?

My mom’s cats. My parents live in rural Texas and she collects all kinds of them. At any given time, there are 2 dozen outside. And inside she has hundreds and hundreds of cat figurines. In fact, their home is filled with knick knacks. One day I was looking at all these things and became overwhelmed - what was I gonna do with all of these possessions (and animals) after she passed away? As my parents grow older, I think about what I will do when they can no longer take care of themselves. Put them in a home? Have them live with me? It’s a grey area with no right or wrong that almost everyone, regardless of race, religion or economic background, must deal with at some point in their lives. And all I see is myself in 15 years, trapped in the country, feeding feral felines, day after day after day...

I am a huge fan of science fiction and most of my projects fall within the genre. I also come from a middle-class suburban background. It’s what I know. So I’m constantly trying to merge the two into what I call, “suburban sci-fi”. Real people, real struggles - how the kid across the street will deal with technology, rather than aliens in a galaxy far, far away. It is this familiar world where I set LIFE BEGINS AT REWIREMENT, on an afternoon that many people from all walks of life, must come to terms with.
  Trevin Matcek


Why do you want to tell visual stories? Why did you become a filmmaker?

I’ve been making movies since I was 10 years old. For as long as I can remember, it’s all I’ve wanted to do (except for a brief period in 4th grade when I planned to be a Breast Surgeon). I graduated from USC film school in the late 90’s, found my way into directing music videos before having some success as an editor. But directing was and forever will be my first love. I guess it comes down to wanting to tell stories. Film is the perfect vehicle for that.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently writing a bio-pic involving a vilified scientist from the 1950’s. I’m also continuing to develop a sci-fi road trip film about a lonely clone who is dying of a genetic disease. He must find his donor in order to discover a cure. Through his search, he comes across other ‘Identicals’ from his same strain, essentially meeting himself at different stages of life. It’s called THINGS WE’VE MADE. You can visit the website, watch the trailer and follow it’s progress here: www.thingswevemade.com. I workshopped a scene from the project in Film Independents Directors Lab and later expanded into the short film, YOU, ME & WE. It’s currently playing festivals, most recently the Hammer Museum’s Flux series.

You can also see some of my other work and get updated on what I’ve been doing at: http://www.manmadefilms.org/

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